Invisible Threads is live on Kickstarter

By Lesley Conner
on February 17, 2020

This morning we launched the Kickstarter for Invisible Threads edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner, and as of now, we have raised $1,032 towards our $20,000 goal.

Help us reach our goal! Head over to Kickstarter to back this project!

No matter who you are or where you come from, there are boundaries and barriers that dictate what you can do, where you can go, and who you can become. Invisible threads running through society, pulling you this way or that, tripping you when you try to better yourself, ensnaring and holding you back. Whether these threads come from others in the form of racism, misogyny, or ableism, from those in power through laws and rigged systems, or from within yourself through cultural ideals and values, they are there. They keep you locked in a constraining box of “who you should be,” rather than letting you grow into the person you truly are. Invisible Threads is an anthology of dark sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories that examine these barriers.

What is Invisible Threads

Invisible Threads editors Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner are striving to build a ToC representative of the world around us. The barriers each of us face in our day to day lives are dependent on where we come from. Not only geographically, but also dictated by economic standing, race, gender, and so much more. The goal of the anthology is to give room for as many of these stories as possible. With this mind, Jason and Lesley have invited a diverse and talented group of authors to create all new works of fiction. We expect the book to contain 20-25 stories and be approximately 100,000-125,000 words.

Confirmed authors include Alix Harrow, Maurice Broaddus, Fran Wilde, Chesya Burke, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, Stephanie Malia Morris, Jordan Kurella, K.T. Bryski, ZZ Claybourne, A.C. Buchanan, Damien Angelica Walters, Beth Dawkins, Geoffrey Girard, Sabrina Vourvoulias, A.C. Wise, Michael Wehunt and more!

We’ve asked these authors to write stories that explore the inherent social and political boundaries in our society. Why do they exist? How do we overcome them? How do they affect us and our world? Which boundaries each author chooses to confront in their story is up to them. What we are hoping to highlight are the invisible struggles that our neighbors are facing but we never see.

Each of us is fighting something. Whether it is something larger and in the public eye such as racism, or something smaller and personal such as a parent’s expectation that you will set aside personal dreams to uphold a family obligation. The systemic boundaries tangle and knot around us, preventing us from reaching our potential. The contributors to Invisible Threads will shine a light on these injustices and light a fire to your anger. Join us in snipping the threads that hold us down!

With your help, Apex can bring you this important anthology written by a fantastic lineup of authors. Your pledge money will cover Invisible Threads’ costs and provide Apex with the means to enhance the anthology and pay our contributors, cover artist, graphic designers, and editors.

Back Invisible Threads today!


Do Not Go Quietly excerpt - "To Write" by Annie Neugebauer

By Lesley Conner
on May 24, 2019
To Write
by Annie Neugebauer


Tonight I dreamed

my mouth was zippered shut,

like some macabre doctor

had taken the school teacher’s gesture

quite literally    

and replaced each lip with one half a zipper.


Like any fresh surgery,

the flesh ached and burned,

far too tender for me to even think

of touching it with the gentlest fingertips,

much less grasping the metal pull

and opening the angry little teeth.


I wandered down a street I knew well

surrounded by strangers who my dream told me

I knew well as well

and every one of them

sealed at the mouth:

      a zipper,

      a line like melted wax,

      sutures stitched across like a rag doll,

      a single, large button pulled up over the top lip,


      the particularly vicious stretch of super glue,

      and, most terrifying of all, a perfect, smooth melding of bottom to top lip

              no line or seal remaining where mouth used to be,

              only a vague bump out of the teeth beneath the flesh,



I was desperate to tell them something.

Wild with the need.

I don’t know what it was.

I don’t know if I even knew, then, in the dream.

I know only that I raced from person to person

forcing myself into their paths

and trying

again and again—oh, sleeping eternity—

to speak.




The words piled up against the inside of my zipper,

stacked up on my tongue,

brushed the roof of my mouth

and gullet

and down my clenched throat,


tears stinging my fresh wounds,

and still,

still …


Never has there been a dream

with such a perfect lack of sound.


When I awoke,


I did not speak.


I picked up the notebook

I keep by my bed

and I began to write,

the scratching of my pen

against this page

pulling and clicking

like the long, metallic freeing

of a zipper.


Do Not Go Quietly edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner is available now!

Find Apex Publications At GenCon 2018 This Weekend!

By Suyi Davies
on August 02, 2018

Find Apex Publications At GenCon 2018 This Weekend!

Welcome to GenCon Week! This year's 51st GenCon takes us on the road, from the Apex Publications offices in Lexington to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, where all the good stuff is happening this week.

Throughout the Best Four Days of Gaming(TM), Jason and Jane will be manning the Apex table at Hall J, Aisle 900, Table K (Hint: Hall J is just in off the Capitol Concourse). Come by and say hello, have a quick chat with Jason and Jane, who're willing to give you all the cool behind-the-scenes info you need about any Apex title.

On this battleground of wares, you're definitely spoiled for choice. You'll find all of Apex's best titles in print, from oldies-and-goodies like James Newman's Ugly as Sin and The Wicked to our War Stories anthology of military science fiction; from all-time-faves like Brian Keene's Throne of Bastards and The Lost Level to Benjaun Sriduangkaew's Winterglass; from all the Apex Books of World SF in one place to recent releases like Paul Jessup's Close Your Eyes, Kirk Jones' Aetherchrist, Jerry Gordon's Breaking The World and Damien Angelica Walters' Cry Your Way Home.

Jason at Panels and a wee Seminar

Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Apex Publications, Jason Sizemore, will also be a panelist and seminar host through this period. His schedule includes:

- Thursday 2pm: Tighten and Clarify Your Writing (Seminar, Austin)
- Thursday 3pm: Writing for a Themed Anthology (Panel, Boston)
- Thursday 4pm: Writing Informative and Engaging Author Bios (Panel, Boston)
- Friday 11am: Revising Your Story (Panel, Boston)
- Friday 12pm: All About Apex (Panel, Ballroom 1)
- Saturday 10am: Editing (Panel, Boston)
- Saturday 11am: What Happens at a Publishing House (Panel, Ballrooms 3-4)
- Saturday 1pm: The Morphing of the Story (Panel, Boston)
- Saturday 3pm: Signing (Signing Table)
- Saturday 4pm: The Ins and Outs of Patreon (Panel, Boston)

If you're in Indianapolis, drop by (or if you've got your good Uncle Jesse up there, ask him to). Remember, hall hours are 10am to 6pm each day until Sunday, when it's 10am to 4pm.

See you guys at Table K!

Anthology Announcement: Do Not Go Quietly!

By Lesley Conner
on October 25, 2017

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!

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 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 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.

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