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

Words from the Editor-in-Chief — Jason Sizemore

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

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

Apex Magazine issue 98 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on July 04, 2017

Happy Fourth of July and new Apex Magazine day! We open the July issue with out-of-this-world cover art by Quentin Castel, and mind-bending fiction that questions our reality. Our original fiction this month is by Eric Schwitzgebel and Rich Larson. Our reprint this month is by Kai Ashante Wilson. We have amazing essays by upcoming Apex Book Company authors Daniel I. Russell and Kristi DeMeester. Plus, take a look at Daniel I Russell’s upcoming release Entertaining Demons with an excerpt. We also have insightful interviews with Eric Schwitzgebel and cover artist Quentin Castel.

Today on the Apex Magazine website, you can read Jason Sizemore’s editorial and Rich Larson’s “L’appel du vide.” We will release all the content to read for FREE online throughout the month. Be sure to check back often to see what is new.

Want to read the entire issue immediately? Buy issue 98 for only $2.99 direct through Apex or through one of our many online retailers. It is available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats for all your eReader needs.

Subscribe to Apex Magazine! Not only will you never miss an issue, but you will also be helping us pay the amazing authors and editors who make each issue possible! Get a year of Apex Magazine (12 issues) for only $21.95 direct from Apex or through Weightless Books. Or subscribe monthly through Amazon.

Table of Contents
Words from the Editor-in-Chief — Jason Sizemore

L'appel du vide — Rich Larson
<<Légendaire.>> — Kai Ashante Wilson
Entertaining Demons (Excerpt) — Daniel I. Russell

Interview with Author Eric Schwitzgebel — Andrea Johnson
Mothers Who Consume — Kristi DeMeester
Interview with Cover Artist Quentin Castel — Russell Dickerson
Entities of Modern Evil — Daniel I. Russell

Until next month, happy reading!

Apex Magazine issue 96 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on May 02, 2017

It’s new Apex Magazine day! This month we have an original Jackson’s circus story from E. Catherine Tobler called “The Three-tongued Mummy.” We also have a lovely and strange story from Evan Dicken (“How Lovely is the Silence of Growing Things”) and fabulous reprint from Karen Lord (“Hiraeth: Tragedy in Four Acts”). We also have a glimpse into Apex Book Company’s latest release Yours To Tell: Dialogues On the Art & Practice of Writing with the article “Why Write?” by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem. This issues includes several interviews: Andrea Johnson talks with Evan Dicken about family, the inspiration behind his story, and his writing goals. Russell Dickerson gets a second chance to chat with cover artist Marcela Bolivar—he also interviewed her in issue 87. Our managing editor Lesley Conner talks about sci-fi illustrations and cover art and their importance with collector Stephen Korshak. And finally, Andrea Johnson had a chance to discuss hard SF and writing with author Robert J. Sawyer.

The issue is available to read online right now! Go to the Apex Magazine website and dig in!

Or purchase the eBook edition for only $2.99! Purchasing a copy means you can read it from the comfort of your own device and helps us pay our amazing authors and artists.

Subscriptions are also available! Pick up a 12-month subscription direct from Apex or through Weightless Books. Monthly subscriptions are available through Amazon.

Table of Contents
Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

How Lovely Is the Silence of Growing Things—Evan Dicken
The Three-tongued Mummy—E. Catherine Tobler
Hiraeth: Tragedy in Four Acts—Karen Lord

Interview with Author Evan Dicken—Andrea Johnson
Why Write? (Excerpt from Yours to Tell)—Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem
Interview with Cover Artist Marcela Bolivar—Russell Dickerson
In the Eye of the Beholder: An Interview with Stephen Korshak—Lesley Conner
Quantum Night: An Interview with Author Robert J. Sawyer—Andrea Johnson

Apex Magazine issue 95 is LIVE

By Lesley Conner
on April 04, 2017

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy a new issue of Apex Magazine!

This month we bring you Maurice Broaddus’s guest-edited, highly anticipated issue. Maurice starts the issue off with a wonderful editorial called “Not Here to Check Boxes.” He brings us original fiction by Sheree Renée Thomas, Kendra Fortmeyer, Chesya Burke, and Walter Mosley. The poetry in this issue is by Linda D. Addison and LH Moore. Tanya C. DePass brings us our nonfiction with a fabulous essay titled “Time to Get Serious About Diversity and Inclusion.” Our cover art this month comes from Angelique Shelley. Angelique was kind enough to sit down with our artist interviewer Russell Dickerson to talk about influences and inspiration and more. Andrea Johnson interviewed the lovely Sheree Renée Thomas about her story “Aunt Dissy’s Policy Dream Book.”

You can read the entire issue now online at the Apex Magazine website.

We are currently in the middle of our Revive the Drive campaign, with the goal of raising $10,000 to fund Apex Magazine for the rest of 2017. If you enjoy reading this and each issue, please consider subscribing at this time. Subscriptions are only $17 during the drive. You save a little money, and that total goes toward our final goal.

Subscribe to Apex Magazine now for only $17!

Also, please check out our Revive the Drive store! We have lots of goodies--everything from signed books, to coffee, to story critiques, to the original proofed manuscripts of The Lost Level and Return to the Lost Level signed by author Brian Keene! All sales from the Revive the Drive store go toward our goal.

Table of Contents

Not Here to Check Boxes—Maurice Broaddus

Cut, Cut, Cut—Walter Mosley
Aunt Dissy's Policy Dream Book—Sheree Renee Thomas
Say, She Toy—Chesya Burke
The Selkie Wives—Kendra Fortmeyer

Interview with Author Sheree Renee Thomas—Andrea Johnson
Time to Get Serious About Diversity and Inclusion—Tanya C. DePass
Interview with Cover Artist Angelique Shelley—Russell Dickerson

VOX—LH  Moore
Things That Earth No Longer Bears—Linda D. Addison

Apex Magazine issue 94 in LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on March 07, 2017

It’s new Apex Magazine day!

Apex Magazine issue 94 is here with breathtaking cover art by Caroline Jamhour. We kick off the issue with a 10,000 word novelette by John Hornor Jacobs—available to read on the Apex Magazine website now—and follow it up with a delightful story by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs. Our reprint this month is “Jesus Christ, Reanimator” by Ken MacLeod. Andrea Johnson talked with John Horner Jacobs about “Luminaria,” the novel he’s currently working on, as well as other creative projects he has in the works. Russell Dickerson interviews our cover artist Caroline Jamhour, discussing everything from mythical inspirations to the pressure to sensor nudity in art. It’s a wonderful discussion you don’t want to miss. Also this month, we’re bringing you a new feature where the Apex staff recommends recent books they’ve read and think you shouldn’t miss in “Books Worth Your Time.”

Head over to the Apex Magazine website now to dive into John Hornor Jacobs’s “Luminaria” and to read Jason Sizemore’s “Words from the Editor-in-Chief.” New content will be released all month long, so be sure to come back often!

To read the entire issue now and to help support Apex Magazine, pick up an individual issue! Available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats, you can buy issue 94 for only $2.99 direct from Apex, or through Amazon, Weightless Books, and B&N.

Later this month we are reviving the subscription drive that we ended early last fall. Please consider joining us March 27th to April 17th and help raise the money needed to fund Apex Magazine for the rest of this year.

Table of Contents

Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

Luminaria—John Hornor Jacobs
Waste—Mary Elizabeth Burroughs
Jesus Christ, Reanimator—Ken MacLeod

Interview with Author John Hornor Jacobs—Andrea Johnson
Books Worth Your Time—Apex Staff
Interview with Cover Artist Caroline Jamhour—Russell Dickerson

Apex Magazine issue 93 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on February 07, 2017

Happy new Apex Magazine day! It’s always a little weird when the first Tuesday of the month doesn’t fall until the 7th. We’re already a week in, but February feels like it is just starting to me because today we get to unveil our amazing new issue and stellar lineup!

This month we have new stories by Nisi Shawl, Lyndsie Manusos, and Rich Larson, and a reprint by Samuel Marzioli. We’re also featuring the winners from our Valentine’s Day themed flash fiction contest: Rich Larson, Tonya Walter, and Joanna Truman. Bianca Spriggs selected one final selection before we go on a poetry hiatus: “Fury” by Simona Sušec. In nonfiction, we have feature about the LifeAfter podcast with writer Mac Rogers. Andrea Johnson sits down with Nisi Shawl to discuss her story “Queen of Dirt” and writing in general. Russell Dickerson welcomes back Adrian Borda for a second cover artist interview with him. Adrian was also the cover artist for Apex Magazine issue 71. We are thrilled to have him back and to be able to share more of his amazing artwork with you!

Head over to the Apex Magazine website to read Jason Sizemore’s editorial and “Queen of Dirt” by Nisi Shawl, both of which were posted today. The rest of the issue will be posted online over the course of the month so be sure to come back often!

Or, if you’d like to read the entire issue at one time, pick up the eBook edition in either PDF, ePub, or mobi files for only $2.99.

Subscriptions are available direct from Apex for only $19.95. Subscribers fund every issue of Apex Magazine. We will be picking up our drive to fund 2017 on March 27th and are looking for readers with blogs and Facebook pages to help us Revive the Drive by running mini-interview with editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore and managing editor Lesley Conner. Contact Lesley at lesley@apex-magazine.com for more information and to schedule an interview.

Table of Contents

Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

Queen of Dirt—Nisi Shawl
You Too Shall Be Psyche—Rich Larson
The Bells—Lyndsie Manusos
Servant of the Aswang—Samuel Marzioli

As Long As You Can Stand It—Joanna Truman
Butterfly Man—Tonya Walter
St. Theophilus the Penitent—Rich Larson

Interview with Author Nisi Shawl—Andrea Johnson
Feature with LifeAfter Podcast Playwright Mac Rogers—Jason Sizemore
Interview with Cover Artist Adrian Borda—Russell Dickerson

Fury—Simona Sušec

Apex Magazine Issue 91 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on December 06, 2016

Happy New Apex Magazine Day! *throws confetti*

This month we have absolutely stuffed Apex Magazine with wonderful goodness. We have three wonderful original short stories: “Uncontainable” by Helen Stubbs, “The Love it Bears Fair Maidens” by K.T. Bryski, and “Red Christmas” by Lavie Tidhar. Our poetry editor Bianca Spriggs has selected two poems – one by M. Brett Gaffney and the other by Donna Isle. Andrea Johnson sits down with author Helen Stubbs and chats about “Uncontainable,” writing, and Aussie SF Snapshot. Russell Dickerson talks with cover artist Billy Nunez about his creative process in our artist interview. This month we are reprinting Michael A. Burstein’s story “I Remember the Future” from the his collection of the same name, and Eileen Maksym interviews both Michael A. Burstein and filmmaker Klayton Stainer both about the movie and the film it inspired. From Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, we’re reprinting “Tropes of Eraser: A Transgender Perspective,” an essay by Keffy R.M. Kehrli. And finally, we’ve included an essay that our managing editor Lesley Conner wrote as part of our subscription drive, “By the Cover,” where she gives an in depth look at her thought process when selecting artwork for Apex Magazine.

Head over to the Apex Magazine website to read Jason Sizemore’s “Words from the Editor-in-Chief” and Helen Stubb’s “Uncontainable” today. The rest of the issue will be released throughout the month, so be sure to come back often!

Want to read the entire issue now? Pick up an individual issue direct from Apex, or from Weightless Books, Amazon, or B&N.

Or buy a subscription! Subscriptions fund future issues! If you enjoy Apex Magazine and want us to keep putting them out, then buying a subscription is the best way to ensure we can. Subscriptions are available direct from Apex, or through Weightless Books and Amazon.

Table of Contents

Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

Uncontainable—Helen Stubbs
I Remember the Future—Michael A. Burstein
The Love It Bears Fair Maidens—K.T. Bryski
Red Christmas—Lavie Tidhar

Interview with Author Helen Stubbs—Andrea Johnson
Tropes as Eraser: A Transgender Perspective—Keffy R.M. Kehrli
Remembering the Future Past: An Interview with Author Michael A. Burstein and Filmmaker Klayton Stainer—Eileen Maksym
By the Cover—Lesley Conner
Interview with Cover Artist Billy Nuñez—Russell Dickerson

How to Know If Your House is Haunted and What to Do—M. Brett Gaffney
The Familiar—Donna Ison


Apex Magazine issue 90 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on November 01, 2016

November 1st is here and it is a BIG month here at Apex! First, it is new Apex Magazine day! This month we have four original short stories by four phenomenal women: E. Catherine Tobler, Onu-Okpara Chiamaka, Natalia Theodoridou, and Erica L. Satifka. Our poetry is by Tiffany Midge and John Paul Davies. We have a reprint of “Shadow” by Tade Thompson. And if that isn’t enough, we have an excerpt from Tade’s novel Rosewater, which comes out through Apex Book Company later this month (preorders are open now). Andrea Johnson talks with E. Catherine Tobler about her story “Every Winter” and writing. And Russell Dickerson talks with our amazing cover artist Ania Tomicka.

Head over to the Apex Magazine website to read Jason Sizemore’s editorial and E. Catherine Tobler’s story “Every Winter” right now. To catch more of the issue, check back often. We will be releasing new content all month long!

Want to read the entire issue now? Subscribe!

Every month I encourage readers to subscribe if they enjoy Apex Magazine, but this month in particular it is really important. We are currently running our annual subscription drive. Subscriptions are the main way which we keep Apex Magazine funded. They are how we pay our authors, artists, and other contributors. This year we have a goal of raising $10,000. If we reach that goal we will have the funds to increase the word count of each issue and raise the pay rate at which we pay our authors. We are also planning an amazing issue full of bonus content – including stories by Ursula Vernon, Nisi Shawl, John Hornor Jacobs, and E. Catherine Tobler – for the January 2017 issue as a thank you to our readers. So far, we have raised $1,623. If you enjoy Apex Magazine and if you’d like to help us continue to grow and expand, please consider supporting us during our drive which is running until November 15th.

Individual issues are also available direct from Apex, or through Weightless Books and Amazon.

Table of Contents

Words from the Editor-in-Chief – Jason Sizemore

Every Winter – E. Catherine Tobler
When She Comes – Onu-Okpara Chiamaka
The Island in the Attic – Natalia Theodoridou
After We Walked Away – Erica L. Satifka
Shadow – Tade Thompson
Rosewater (novel excerpt) – Tade Thompson

Interview with Author E. Catherine Tobler – Andrea Johnson
Interview with Cover Artist Ania Tomicka – Russell Dickerson

Love’s Ideal Envisioned by a Satyr – Tiffany Midge
The Annual Scarecrow Festival – John Paul Davies

For more Apex fun in November, check out the guidelines for our flash fiction contest. 250 words to tell us your best dark SFF Valentine’s story! Are you up for the challenge? Winners will be published in the February issue of Apex Magazine.

Apex Magazine Issue 89 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on October 04, 2016

October is here and with it, we bring you a new issue of Apex Magazine. This month we decided to revel in fun of Halloween and feature stories with a creepy horror edge. We have original short fiction by Kristi DeMeester and Samuel Marzioli, and reprint by Adam Roberts. I love the way these authors were able to take tired, well-worn creatures and twist them into something fresh and new. Poetry this month is by Allie Nelson, Andrew Gilstrap, and Gary Every. Our nonfiction selections include interviews with author Kristi DeMeester and cover artist Denis Corvus, and Betsy Phillips brings us another feature/interview combo with Travis Milloy, as they discuss the film Somnio.

Head over to the Apex Magazine website to read Jason Sizemore’s monthly editorial and “Damnatio Ad Beastias” by Kristi DeMeester now. New content will be released throughout the month, so be sure to come back often so you don’t miss out on something new.

Want to read the entire issue now? Purchase a nicely formatted eBook edition for only $2.99. The issue is available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats and buying a copy lets us know you enjoy what we’re publishing.

Subscribe to Apex Magazine and never miss an issue. Pick up a 12-month subscription directly from Apex or from Weightless Books for only $19.95. Or let Amazon deliver a new issue of Apex Magazine directly to your Kindle each and every month by subscribing through them.

Gift subscriptions are also available! Give the gift of great fiction to someone you love today!

Words from the Editor-in-Chief – Jason Sizemore

Damnatio Ad Beastias – Kristi DeMeester
Pagpag – Samuel Marzioli
Zayanim – Adam Roberts

Interview with Author Kristi DeMeester – Andrea Johnson
Discovering Somnio: Interview with Travis Milloy – Betsy Phillips
Interview with Cover Artist Denis Corvus – Russell Dickerson

American Dreams – Allie Nelson
Winged Beings of the Necropolis – Gary Every
Starfields – Andrew Gilstrap

Cover art by Denis Corvus

Be sure to check out the podcast of Kristi DeMeester's spectacular story. Narrated by Mahvesh Murad, the Apex Magazine podcast is something extra we like to bring you each month. If you enjoy this feature, swing by Patreon and become a patron. Patreon is how we fund this aspect of Apex Magazine.

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis to guest edit an issue of Apex Magazine

By Lesley Conner
on September 20, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Amy H. Sturgis will be guest editing an issue of Apex Magazine in 2017. Appearing in August of next year, this issue will feature Native American and First Nations authors.

Amy is not planning to hold an open submissions period for her issue, choosing instead to solicit stories from authors she feels would be a good fit. She is open to hearing your recommendations, so please contact her via her website if there is a Native American/First Nations author you think she should consider for the issue!

Her announcement from her website is below.


I'm delighted to announce that I've accepted an invitation to guest edit an issue of Apex Magazine (scheduled for August 2017). I will be soliciting new stories that showcase the rich depth and diversity of science fiction, fantasy, and horror penned by Native American/First Nations authors. Apex Magazine routinely provides 12,000 words of original fiction per issue, but my special issue will deliver 20,000.

My long relationship with Apex dates back to the fourth issue (Winter 2005) of its print-edition days, when it was Apex Digest. It is with the greatest excitement that I look forward to this important project.

If you have questions or recommendations, you are welcome to contact me via my website.

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