Book Sale for Tom Piccirilli and Michelle Scalise

By Jason Sizemore
on July 14, 2015

Cancer not only creates emotional and personal loss, but also financial hardships, with treatment costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. We can help Tom's family and his wife Michelle with their financial burden by buying his books.

From now until the end of the month, all net proceeds from sales made directly from our website of Pic's Apex novel What Makes You Die will go to Tom's wife. The same will be true for issues 59 and 65 of Apex Magazine, the issues containing Pic's most recent short story appearances in Apex Magazine.

Tom wrote a large number of books and appeared in many anthologies. Please check them out and buy one or more. Every bit helps and in return you'll be rewarded with a fantastic reading experience.

Tom Piccirilli

By Jason Sizemore
on July 13, 2015

The world lost a great person last Saturday. Tom Piccirilli passed away after a valiant and lengthy battle against cancer. 

Tom gifted us with his amazing novels, short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. He was a master at many forms. Many fans of crime fiction and/or horror cite at least one or two of Tom's books as among their favorites. Personally, November Mourns and A Choir of Ill Children rate in my top ten and are novels I frequently return to every few years.

At the first convention I attended, Hypericon many moons ago, I was a nobody with a half-decent digest of science fiction and horror. I was giving out promotional copies to all the attendees. At one point during the convention, Pic pulled me aside.

I was scared senseless.

He told me the road would be tough, but to always press forward. Apex, he said, was a *good* thing for the genre. He gave me his email address and told me to contact him anytime I needed a hand.

I took him up on his offer many times. He never tired of helping this naive publisher guy, despite Tom's incredibly business schedule.

Apex had the honor of publishing one novel and five Piccirilli short stories. Publishing his What Makes You Die is one of the high points of my Apex years.

Our hearts go out to Tom's family, his wonderful wife Michelle, and all his friends. Tom Piccirilli left his mark on the world in a big way. That is something cancer cannot take from us.

--Jason Sizemore, Apex Publications

Stoker Awards final ballot released--Congrats to Apex authors and all!

By Jason Sizemore
on February 23, 2015

While we didn't place any work on the Stoker Award ballot this year, two familiar faces appears on the list.

Nominated for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction is Sing Me Your Scars author Damien Angelica Walters for the story "The Floating Girls: A Documentary" (Jamais Vu, issue 3).

Nominated for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection is What Makes You Die author Tom Piccirilli for his poetry collection Forgiving Judas (Crossroads Press).

Congratulations to all the Stoker Award nominees! Apex Publications will be at World Horror Con this year, so we'll see you in Atlanta!

Go here for a full list of nominees.


Apex Magazine Issue 65 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on October 07, 2014

It's the first Tuesday of the month, which means we have a new issue of Apex Magazine ready for your consumption. This month we have beautiful stories by Mary McMyne, Kris Millering, Jessica Sirkin, and Tom Piccirilli. Our poetry is by Chris Lynch, Neile Graham, and Sonya Taaffe. Loraine Sammy brings us a nonfiction article titled "Fandom Activism for Change in Visual Entertainment Media: We Have the Power." Kris Millering talks with Andrea Johnson in our author interview, and artist Catherine Denvir discusses the differences between being an illustrator and painter in our artist interview. Exclusive to our eBook editions, we have an excerpt from King's War: The Knight's of Briton Court 3 by Maurice Broaddus.

As always, all the original short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction can be found for free at the Apex Magazine website. Or help support Apex Magazine and our authors by purchasing a nicely formatted eBook edition for only $2.99, and enjoy exclusive content. Individual issues are sold direct through Apex, or through Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Barnes & Noble, and Weightless Books.

Want to read all the exclusive content from the convenience of your eReader and never miss an issue, plus get the best price? Subscriptions are available. For $19.95, get 12-months of Apex Magazine in PDF, mobi, or ePub formats direct from Apex or through Weightless Books. Or Amazon has month-to-month subscriptions available for only $1.99 an issue!


Table of Contents


“Primrose or Return to Il’maril” by Mary McMyne

“Coins for the Eyes” by Kris Millering

“The House in Winter” by Jessica Sirkin

“What I Am” by Tom Piccirilli

Excerpt from King’s War: The Knights of Breton Court 3 by Maurice Broaddus (eBook/subscriber exclusive)


“Half Wives” by Chris Lynch

“The Excavation of Troy” by Sonya Taaffe

“On the Excarnations of the Gods” by Neile Graham


“Resolute: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief” by Sigrid Ellis

“Interview with Kris Millering” by Andrea Johnson

“Fandom Activism for Change in Visual Entertainment Media: We Have the Power” by Loraine Sammy

“Clavis Aurea: A Review of Short Fiction” by Charlotte Ashley

“Interview with Catherine Denvir” by Loraine Sammy

Podcast Fiction

“The House in Winter” by Jessica Sirkin

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