Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror

Operation Fourth Story: The Final Day!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

This is it. The last day of Operation Fourth Story. Unless you’ve been living in a bunker on a self-imposed internet sabbatical for the past two weeks, I’m sure you know what Operation Fourth Story is, but there have been a flurry of updates, reviews, guest posts, and interviews over the last fifteen days,  and I wanted to take a moment to summarize everything that’s been going on just in case you missed something. Operation Fourth Story is our subscription push to get enough new subscribers to have the revenue to add an additional 4000 to 5000 words of original fiction to each issue of Apex Magazine. We’ve run the numbers and found that to do...

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Operation Fourth Story: Gateways Into the Garden of Words

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Some people think of short fiction as the gateway to novels for writers. You learn the ropes with the short stuff and voila, you’re ready to write a novel. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but that seems a bit like equating short stories to training wheels. A nice bit of help, but useless once you’ve mastered the ride. Writing words may teach you to hone your craft of writing, but just as writing novels trains you to write novels, writing short stories trains you to write short fiction. And short fiction is a perfectly valid form all its own. To say it’s merely a gateway to a novel is dismissive to the craft and insulting to authors who choose to work...

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VODO: Otherworlds Bundle!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, a nice lady contacted Apex about providing material for something they were calling their ‘Otherworlds’ bundle. Initially, I was skeptical. We get a lot of odd requests for materials. I would estimate about half are not in our best interests. But this one was interesting. So I did my due diligence and did a bit of research on VODO. In short, they allow you to pay what you want for a bundle of digital material (music, eBooks, games, movies, etc.) created by independent creators (publishers, musicians, authors, directors, etc.). There are different tiers…you pay as low as a penny, you’re assured the content of tier 1. If you pay...

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It’s Not Writer’s Block, It’s Writer’s Break

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

As there are quite a few fellow writers who read this blog, I thought that I’d cover an issue from which many of us claim to suffer. Hold your collective breaths now, I’m about to let a dangerous creature out to play amongst you… writer’s block. I know, it seems like such a ferocious beast, it’s got that thick mane that it tangles you up in, rendering you incapable of typing. It’s got those weird laser eyes that entrance you, making virtually all of your creativity evaporate. It’s got jagged, sharp teeth that make you bleed out all of your potential writing revenue. Many of us have found ourselves in the maw of this particular...

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It Came from the Archive: L’esprit de L’escalier by Peter M. Ball

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Once a month we hope to feature an outstanding story from the Apex Magazine archives that might have been forgotten over the passage of time. This month we feature one of my personal favorites from the current run of Apex Magazine: “L’esprit de L’escalier” by the great Peter M. Ball. Click here to read “L’esprit de L’escalier.” This story appears in issue 16 (September, 2010). This was Catherynne M. Valente’s second issue as editor, and with this issue it became obvious to me that Cat was going to take Apex Magazine to the ‘next level’, so to speak. I had published Peter M. Ball twice before, both times to great acclaim. His story “To Dream of...

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Operation Fourth Story: Short Fiction is the Foreplay in Sex

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

A gentle kiss on the lips, a light caress of the inner thighs. Your finger tips meshing together in embrace. Your breathing quickens and your heart starts racing faster in anticipation of what’s to come next. Short fiction is truly a bit like foreplay, as a novel is the same to intercourse. No, I’m not saying every time I read a piece of short fiction I geek out and have an orgasm. What I’m saying is short fiction can be something beautiful, a masterful piece of art that must be practiced and not forgotten in the grand scheme of things. Much like foreplay, short fiction can be a highly enjoyable platform to broaden your horizons and venture out into...

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