Apex Publications to hold OPEN novella/novel submissions period in January 2018

By Lesley Conner
on November 16, 2017

Apex Publications will be accepting unsolicited submissions of novels/novellas January 1st through January 31st.

During our last open submissions period we bought six novellas and novels—Glitch Rain by Alex Livingston, The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler, Rosewater by Tade Thompson, Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka, Entertaining Demons by Daniel I. Russell, and Mars Girls by Mary Turzillo. Both Rosewater and The Kraken Sea received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Erica L. Satifka won Best Newcomer at the British Fantasy Awards for Stay Crazy. Rosewater was a Campbell Award nominee and won the NOMMO award for best sci-fi novel. Basically, our last open submissions period was incredibly successful and we’re ready to do it again!

We will consider novellas in length of 30,000 to 40,000 words and novels in length up to 120,000 words, and are particularly looking for novels that fit within the dark sci-fi category. Dark fantasy and horror submissions are also welcome.

A literary agent is not required for submission. We may take up to three months or more to review your manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are okay. We will only accept one submission per author.

We only accept email submissions to apex.submission@gmail.com. In your submission packet, please send your entire manuscript with a cover letter and a synopsis no more than one page in length. Please include your name, address, phone number, and manuscript word count in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

Apex publishes 6-10 books a year. We offer an advance and standard royalty terms.

Apex requests First English language trade paperback and eBook rights, as well as audio rights and certain subsidiary rights.

Please direct questions to Jason Sizemore (Jason@apexbookcompany.com). Any submission queries should go to Lesley Conner (Lesley@apexbookcompany.com).

Apex has published novels and novellas by Jennifer Pelland, Tom Piccirilli, Sara M. Harvey, Maurice Broaddus, Lavie Tidhar, Erica L. Satifka, Tade Thompson, Brian Keene, Chris Bucholz, and more. If you're familiar with our books (http://www.apexbookcompany.com/collections/all-books) and these authors, you will have a general idea of the type and quality of work we seek to publish.

Anthology Announcement: Do Not Go Quietly!

By Lesley Conner
on October 25, 2017
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Anthology Announcement: Do Not Go Quietly!

For a while now, Jason and I have been hinting at a secret project we’ve been working on behind the scenes of Apex. Today, I can finally announce what it is.

Do Not Go Quietly

This spring, Apex Publications will be running a Kickstarter to fund an anthology about resistance titled Do Not Go Quietly, to be edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner. Authors John Hornor Jacobs, A. Merc Rustad, Rebecca Roanhorse, Maurice Broaddus, Nayad Monroe, Karin Lowachee, Brooke Bolander, Laird Barron, Brian Keene, Cassandra Khaw, Nisi Shawl, Catherynne M. Valente, Seanan McGuire, Fran Wilde, Rich Larson, and Sarah Pinsker have answered the call and will be contributing stories. Plus, a new story by J.F. Gonzalez, co-written with Lesley Conner, will be included.

Want your name among this outstanding lineup? We will be holding an open submissions period during the Kickstarter!

Cover art will be by the amazing Marcela Bolivar. Marcela is the cover artist of Apex Magazine issues 96 and 87, as well as Damien Angelica Walters’s upcoming collection Cry Your Way Home. We don’t have completed artwork yet, but we can offer you this sneak peek of her work in progress:

Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner are looking for dark SF, fantasy, and horror stories about those who resist. Do Not Go Quietly!

Preorder CRY YOUR WAY HOME today!

By Lesley Conner
on October 10, 2017

Preorders for Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters are now open!

Coming this January, Apex is thrilled to be publishing a second collection of short fiction written by Damien Angelica Walters. Sing Me Your Scars is stunning debut collection that Apex published in 2015. When the idea of doing second collection arose, we jumped at the chance, knowing it would be another outstanding book filled with dark stories sure to pull readers heartstrings. Damien did not disappoint!

Preorder Cry Your Way Home today!

Preorders are open for both the print and eBook edition directly through Apex and through Amazon. Additional eBook sellers will be available very soon!

If you order the print edition directly through Apex, you will receive the eARC within moments! Plus, for only a few dollars more, you can get your very own SIGNED copy of Cry Your Way Home!

Synopsis:

"Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie."

Sometimes things are not what they appear to be. DNA doesn't define us, gravity doesn't hold us, a home doesn't mean we belong. From circus tents to space stations, Damien Angelica Walters creates stories that are both achingly familiar and chillingly surreal. Within her second short story collection, she questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stitches them back together, and turns a cell phone into the sharpest of weapons.

Cry Your Way Home brings together seventeen stories that delve deep into human sorrow and loss, weaving pain, fear, and resilience into beautiful tales that are sure to haunt you long after you turn the last page.

"Once upon a time there was a girl ..."

Featuring the following works:
"Tooth, Tongue, and Claw"
"Deep Within the Marrow, Hidden in My Smile"
"On the Other Side of the Door, Everything Changes"
"This Is the Way I Die"
"The Hands That Hold, the Lies That Bind"
"Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant's Tale"
"The Judas Child"
"S Is for Soliloquy"
"The Floating Girls: A Documentary"
"Take a Walk in the Night, My Love"
"Falling Under, Through the Dark"
"The Serial Killer's Astronaut Daughter"
"Umbilicus"
"A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take"
"Little Girl Blue, Come Cry Your Way Home"
"Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice"
"In the Spaces Where You Once Lived"

Apex Magazine issue 101 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on October 03, 2017

Apex Magazine issue 101 is LIVE and full of amazing content perfect for the Halloween season!

This month we have original fiction from Dennis Danvers, Lavie Tidhar, and Annie Neugebauer. We also have high student Kate Ingram, who won a writing contest are her school, the prize for winning being publication in this issue! Our reprint this month is by the wonderful Sheree Renee Thomas. Ed Grabianowski gets up close and personal with Black Hole Zion about their sci-fi themed album in his feature, and Andrea Johnson discusses aliens, literature classes and more with Dennis Danvers in our author interview. Finally, Russ Dickerson gets a chance to sit down with Ruben Castro and discuss the truly amazing and totally Apex appropriate cover in our cover artist interview (in all honesty, I am so in love with the cover this month—it is the Apex alien head come to life and it is so perfect for October!). And finally, we have an excerpt of the always stunning Alethea Kontis’s novel Haven, Kansas, which is on sale now for only 99 cents on Kindle!

Head over to the Apex Magazine website to read Words from the Editor-in-Chief and “Penelope Waits” by Dennis Danvers now! More content will be released throughout the month, so be sure to come back often.

Or buy a subscription and read the entire issue and every issue for the next 12 months for only $21.95! Subscriptions are the life blood of Apex Magazine. They are the reason we can continue to publish a new issue each and every month. Plus, beginning in November we are adding two new features—“Page Advice” by Mallory O’Meara and Brea Grant (hosts of the Reading Glasses podcast), and “Between the Lines” by Laura Zats and Erik Hane (hosts of the Print Run podcast). You won’t want to miss the new issues!

Beginning in January, print editions of Apex Magazine will be available directly through our Patreon or through Amazon. If you’d like to be notified when the Patreon option becomes available, sign up to receive an announcement here.

EDITORIAL
Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

FICTION
My Struggle — Lavie Tidhar
So Sings the Siren — Annie Neugebauer
Penelope Waits — Dennis Danvers
The Case of the Mysterious Meat — Kate Ingram
Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Runs the World Round Midnight — Sheree Renée Thomas
Haven, Kansas (Novel Excerpt) by Alethea Kontis

NONFICTION
Interview with Dennis Danvers — Andrea Johnson
8-Bit Rage, Black Hole Zion, Industrial Music, and Science Fiction — Ed Grabianowski
Interview with Cover Artist Rubén Castro — Russel Dickerson

Erica L. Satifka wins Best Newcomer!

By Lesley Conner
on October 02, 2017

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards were announced at a ceremony at FantasyCon 2017 this past weekend. Among the winner was the wonderful Erica L. Satifka. A full list of all the winners can be found here.)

Erica won the Best Newcomer award for her novel Stay Crazy!!! To celebrate, we want to offer you an amazing deal. You can save 30% off the purchase price when you buy a copy of Stay Crazy from now until this Friday, October 6th! Simply use discount code STAYCRAZY at check to save! This discount code is good on both print and eBook editions.

Buy your copy of Stay Crazy today!

The Nocturnal Reader's Box -- September Monster Mayhem with Apex Books

By Jason Sizemore
on September 25, 2017

We are pleased to share that two Apex books are including in September's Nocturnal Reader's Box: The Wicked by James Newman and Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt.

What is the Nocturnal Reader's Box? It's a monthly loot crate subscription that always includes two horror-related books. For more information, you can visit their FAQ page.

If you'd like to grab the September box with The Wicked and Greener Pastures there are a limited number available from Nocturnal in their online store here.

We follow them on Instagram where they post some really cool and professional-looking unboxing photos.

Photo courtesy The Nocturnal Box

Apex Book Company acquires novel NEXHUMAN from Francesco Verso

By Jason Sizemore
on September 12, 2017

Dystopian Science Fiction Novel Acquisition: Nexhuman by Italian author Francesco Verso

LEXINGTON, KY, September 12 — Apex Book Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nexhuman by Italian author Francesco Verso. Nexhuman is set in an imaginary city endangered by the spread of “kipple” (garbage & trash) that overruns everything. Most of its residents make a living by recycling and reusing dumb materials, including fifteen-year-old Peter, a disabled “trashformer.”

Offering more details about Nexhuman, Francesco says

“The novel is an examination of obsession, post-humanism, transhumanism, ecology, and inexplicable love.”

Originally published as Livido in Italy by Delos Books where it was the winner of the 2013 Odissea Award and 2014 Italia Award for Best Italian Science Fiction Novel, this is the American English language debut of Nexhuman.

Francesco Verso is an Italian science fiction author and the editor of the Future Fiction book series. His first novel, Antidoti umani, was a Urania Mondadori Award finalist. In 2009, Francesco won the Urania Mondadori Award with e-Doll. In 2015, he won a second Urania Mondadori Award with BloodBusters. His latest book is The Pulldogs, which is currently being translated to English by Jennifer Delare. He lives in Roma with his wife and daughter.

APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Lavie Tidhar, and Brian Keene.

Apex Magazine issue 100 is LIVE

By Lesley Conner
on September 05, 2017

Today is a milestone day for Apex Magazine. It is new magazine day and today we released our 100th issue!

I’m going to say it again because it’s just so stunning to me: today we released our 100th issue!

Wow! I’ve been the managing editor of Apex Magazine for nearly three years and to be here on issue 100, to see where we’re heading and the amazing things Jason and I are cooking up, to look to the future and see no end, but rather more amazing stories, features with incredible authors, fabulous artwork … it feels pretty damn good! So thank you to every reader, every subscriber, and every writer who has supported Apex over the years. I absolutely love the work Jason and I are doing, and I can’t wait to keep doing it for years to come.

But onto issue 100!

This month we have amazing stories by a powerhouse lineup of authors! Our original fiction this month is by Kameron Hurley and Andrea Tang. Authors Lucy A. Snyder, Carrie Laben, and Kristi DeMeester provided wonderful reprints. Our nonfiction article looks at Alien and Philosophy with a discussion with editor/contributor Jeffrey Ewing conducted by M.B. Sutherland. Andrea Johnson sat down to chat with Kameron Hurley about her story “Tumbledown,” Patreon, and one of the scariest parts of the publishing business, marketing. Russell Dickerson had the chance to talk to our fantastic cover artist for the month, Caroline Rodriguez Fuenmayor. And finally Jason Sizemore as an introspective on the past 100 issues with contributions from editors, authors, and readers that you will not want to miss.

If you head over to the Apex Magazine website right now, you can read Jason Sizemore’s editorial and “The Man in the Crimson Coat” by Andrea Tang. Additional content will be released online throughout the month, so be sure to come back often.

Read the entire issue now and help ensure we have the funds to keep bringing you amazing issues each month by subscribing! Get the next 12 issues of Apex Magazine for only $21.95! Subscribe monthly through Amazon for only $1.99 a month.

Check out past issues of Apex Magazine and bundled deals in the Apex Magazine shop! Every little bit helps us bring you more each month!

Apex Magazine issue 100

EDITORIAL
Words from the Editor-in-Chief — Jason Sizemore

FICTION
Tumbledown — Kameron Hurley
The Man in the Crimson Coat — Andrea Tang
Bad Penny — Carrie Laben
The Lightning Bird — Kristi DeMeester
While the Black Stars Burn — Lucy A. Snyder

NONFICTION
Interview with Author Kameron Hurley — Andrea Johnson
100th Issue Introspective — Jason Sizemore and et al.
In Space, Can Anyone Hear Your Philosophy?: A Look at Alien and Philosophy with Editor/Contributor Jeffrey Ewing — M.B. Sutherland
Interview with Cover Artist Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor — Russell Dickerson

 Until next month, happy reading!

Lesley Conner, Managing Editor

Read more! Save some money!

By Lesley Conner
on August 25, 2017

Here at Apex we believe reading is one of the greatest things that you can do. Enough is never enough, and you should always be reading more amazing stories by equally amazing authors! To help you do this, we're running a sale from now through Monday, August 28th!

Take $5 off your purchase of $15 or more! To take advantage of this awesome deal use discount code SAVE$5 at checkout!

This offer is good on every book in the Apex store, in both print and digital formats! So load up your cart and save. Then find a cozy corner and take some time to read!

Throne of the Bastards is here!

By Lesley Conner
on August 22, 2017

Today’s the day! Throne of the Bastards by Brian Keene and Steven L. Shrewsbury is here! Sword and sorcery collides with horror once again in this sequel to the award-winning King of the Bastards!

Don’t miss the adventure! Catch up with Rogan has he fights to reclaim his kingdom in a vicious battle sure to get your heart thumping!

Buy Throne of the Bastards today!

Synopsis:

Learning that his family is in danger, Rogan returns to his former kingdom, now under siege from foreign invaders and supernatural forces led by his bastard son. With time running out, the aging barbarian and his trusted companions, Javan and Akibeel, must forge an alliance of new friends and old foes, mustering an army to retake the kingdom. Surrounded by savages, soldiers, demons, and dark magic, it will take all of their cunning, skill, ruthlessness, and courage to survive the slaughter and determine once and for all who shall sit upon the Throne of the Bastards.

New to Rogan’s tale? Start from the beginning! Pick up both King of the Bastards and Throne of the Bastards at the special combo price of only $25.95 for print or $7.99 for digital direct from Apex!  

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