Posts Tagged "bj burrow"

The Ten Most Unappreciated Villains of All Time

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 6 comments

Well, I say the ‘ten most’ and ‘all time’ but there is a caveat: I ain’t seen everything yet, so… there’s that. God knows there are a lot of lists out there, but I think this is a good one because, usually, one’s writing is only as strong as their villain, and every villain on this list makes the work they are in stronger and more enjoyable. So, some instructions: Start with number 10 and go in order all the way down to number 1.  Close your eyes before reading each entry and create drum rolls by repeatedly slapping either a table or your belly before popping open your eyes. Begin drum rolls now… 10. Scottie (Jimmy...

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The Promise of What Is Not

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 3 comments

Dare I say, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover?’ Oh my God, I can’t believe I’ve started out this way. Let me start over. Tis the season in which expectations don’t always align with the promises made. Holy Moly, isn’t there some kind of way into this blog that will make me happy? Let’s try this on for size: “Tell me something to amuse me, smut or a bloody good-ghoststory or a line of poetry, quick, quick, quick!”            Ulysses, James Joyce Hell yeah, that’s the high-brow bar I’m trying to hit. It’s a particularly powerful line—bear with me, I can make this work—because I believe it equates entertainment to that quick rush from a hit of cocaine. We want that fast...

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Halloween Shutdown

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 3 comments

Walk into your favorite, or least hated, retail-chain-super-store and you’ll find Halloween decorations and costumes ready for consumption, purchase your plastic skulls here, two for one! You’ll also find Christmas Decorations, out for display, and ready for consumption. I wasn’t watching (I signed up for watching the watchers, and whew boy, what a boring job that is, I tell you what) but as I was saying, I wasn’t watching, but I bet you a Jack’o’lantern that the Christmas decorations were put out before the Halloween ones. I adore Halloween, and if you’re reading this, odds are you love it too (or have confused my Apex blog with the other blog I write called The Apex...

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Sunday Roundup: Weird Fiction, Apex Magazine Issue 48, The Mary Sue, and Plow the Bones

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

We had another busy week here at Apex. The Apex bloggers brought us fantastic posts on Weird Fiction, exploring everything from where to come up with you own weird ideas to whether or not fiction can be weird in a society saturated with it. Apex Magazine Issue 48 was released and we announced our partnership with The Mary Sue. Reviews of Plow the Bones are coming in and the reviewers are loving the collection! Pick up a copy to see why! Monday, May 6th WEIRD FICTION: When does Weird Become Normal by J.M. McDermott With huge anthologies like The Weird edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer is weird fiction actually weird, or has it become the new normal? Tuesday,...

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Sunday Roundup: The Fine Art of Hate, Bioshock: Infinite, and Recommendations

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

We’ve had another week of fantastic posts from our Apex bloggers. Deb Taber discusses to value of rereading a book that you initially hated. Gary B. Phillips and Jessica Nelson recommend books and more. B.J. Burrow looks at how successful television shows based off moves are. And M. Asher Cantrell wonders whether the violence in Bioshock: Infinite will hold it back from gaining mainstream recognition despite its fantastic storytelling. Monday, April 8th The Fine Art of Hate By Deb Taber Going back and rereading a book that you hated the first time can be a good thing. It gives you a chance to love the story for what it is, instead of hating it for what you wanted...

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