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Here you will find a veritable feast of freebies from Apex. Everything from free short fiction to whole chapters from our novels. New content posted periodically, so check back often!

Free Chapbook of Zombie Fiction

Mountain Dead takes a look at the dark side of Appalachia, where the Undead walk, driven by old magic and worse, their hunger for us.

Almost Heaven… or is it?

The mountain’s enduring beauty holds something dark. Something dreadful. Something hungry for our flesh, our brains. Something dead yet not quite dead, driven by magic as old as the coal seams and the hills.

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This chapbook is supplemental material from the anthology Appalachian Undead edited by Eugene Johnson and Jason Sizemore. For more great stories like the four in Mountain Dead, check out Appalachian Undead


Book One of Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue Trilogy for Free!

Secrets and illusions abound in a decaying convent wrapped in dark magic and scented with blood. Portia came to the convent with the ghost of Imogen, the lover she failed to protect in life. Now, the spell casting caste wants to make sure that neither she nor her spirit ever leave.Portia’s ignorance of her own power may be even more deadly than those who conspire against her as she fights to fulfill her sworn duty to protect humankind in a battle against dark illusions and painful realities.Steeped in the legends of the Nephilim, The Convent of the Pure is the first installment of a steampunk novella trilogy by Sara M. Harvey.

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Don’t miss the other two books of the Penemue trilogy!
The Labyrinth of the Dead
The Tower of the Forgotten

Free Novelette from Nebula Award-nominated author

In this brilliant dark science fiction story from her collection Unwelcome Bodies, Nebula-nominated Jennifer Pelland (author of the novel Machine) confronts the handicap that is normality…

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Alice watches the skies with two other saviors of humankind, children who were altered into monsters to save a space colony from an attack like the one that killed Alice’s parents. Alice lives in slavery to duty and machines: yet she’s content, supported by the love of her minder, Dr. DeVeaux. Marika.

Then the program is shut down, and Alice is forced to return to normal human functionality. Loss of purpose…loss of time…loss of her machines.

And the revulsion of her beloved Marika, at Alice’s loss of helplessness.

“Her already-glowing reputation may still be just a hint of promising light on the horizon of those who like their fantastic fiction smart, imaginative, and driven by the mysteries of the human spirit, but each new story as brilliant as ‘Brushstrokes’ and ‘The Last Stand of the Elephant Man’ brings her inevitable future even closer. Trust me on this: Jennifer Pelland’s star has only just begun to rise.”
—Adam-Troy Castro, author of Emissaries From the Dead

“Jennifer Pelland is addicted to writing short stories. She’s written an essay about this addiction but you don’t need to read the essay to know it’s true. Each of the tales in this collection is a testament to her love of story-telling, and her imagination. She has a keen sense of irony, and a gift for juxtaposing images and events in a way which enables her to extract emotion at crucial moments from her characters and from the reader.”

“Jennifer Pelland is a very good writer. She can evoke a setting, an environment, a mood in just a few sentences. And she does it so intensely that the reader really feels the fear of touching any potentially diseased subway riders; feels the thirst of a world without water; feels the aloneness that comes behind the metal mask.”

More books by Jennifer Pelland:

Unwelcome Bodies

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