Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury discuss CURSE OF THE BASTARDS

By Jason Sizemore
on August 20, 2021

Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury discuss CURSE OF THE BASTARDS

Enjoy this discussion of CURSE OF THE BASTARDS with authors Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury.

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Plague Birds by Jason Sanford available for preorder

By Jason Sizemore
on August 12, 2021

Plague Birds by Jason Sanford available for preorder

Plague Birds, the debut novel of Jason Sanford, comes out September 21st, 2021!

All paperback preorders from Apex Book Company will receive 20% off the MSRP along with a signed bookplate of the cover jacket.

All ebook preorders will receive 20% off the MSRP.

Also available for preorder from the following vendors:

Amazon (Paperback) | Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Play | iBookstore

About the book:

Glowing red lines split their faces. Shock-red hair and clothes warn people to flee their approach. They are plague birds, the powerful merging of humans and artificial intelligences who serve as judges and executioners after the collapse of civilization.

And the plague birds’ judgment is swift and deadly, as Crista discovered as a child when she watched one kill her mother.

In a world of gene-modded humans constantly watched over by benevolent AIs, everyone hates and fears the plague birds. But to save her father and home village, Crista becomes the very creature she fears the most. And her first task as a plague bird is hunting down an ancient group of murderers wielding magic-like powers.

As Crista and her AI symbiote travel farther from home than she ever imagined, they are plunged into a strange world where she judges wrongdoers, befriends other outcasts, and uncovers an extremely personal conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions.

Plague Birds is a genre-bending mix of science fiction and dark fantasy and the epic story of a young woman who becomes one of the future’s most hated creatures, with a killer AI bonded to her very blood.

Praise for Plague Birds:

"A masterpiece in world-building, Plague Birds is a wildly imaginative thrill ride set in a weird future populated by biogenetically engineered human/animal hybrids, benevolent and malevolent AIs, alien forces and—strangest of all—plague birds, powerful arbiters of justice who are bonded to AIs that course through their veins.  An action-packed and riveting page-turner, I couldn’t put it down."
—Mercurio D. Rivera, World Fantasy Award-nominated author

"Such a perfect blend of sf and fantasy weaving memory, loss, technology, and family into a wholly unique tapestry that left me turning the pages just to see what he would do next"
—Maurice Broaddus, author of Pimp My Airship and Kingmaker

"A book thick with bloodlines of family, friendship, and history. This is truly Jason Sanford at his finest: a story with real bite. Its characters are so clear and so real that I laughed with them, cried with them, and sat gripping the final pages because I didn’t want to let them go. With cities that come alive (literally) and prose with personality, Plague Birds is a book that I’ll be thinking about for days, months, years to come."
—Jordan Kurella, author of the forthcoming novel I Never Liked You Anyway

"For his debut novel, Plague Birds, Sanford has written a lush speculative fiction epic set in a post-apocalyptic world. Filled with genetically enhanced humans and AIs, the story centers on a reluctant heroine-turned-plague bird who must investigate the past to create a new future. Readers desperate for characters who transform tragedy into hope will love how Sanford weaves seemingly disparate threads to a thrilling climax and satisfying conclusion."
—Monica Valentinelli, author of the Firefly Encyclopedia

"In this fun and thrilling far-future story where towns are sentient, monks are cannibalistic, and AIs are both gods and jerks, Jason Sanford explores how trust is still a characteristic of the human condition, even if that being is not what we recognize as human at all."
—LaShawn M. Wanak, editor of GigaNotoSaurus

About the author:

Jason Sanford is a two-time finalist for the Nebula Award who has published dozens of stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Fireside Magazine along with appearances in multiple year’s best compilations along with The New Voices of Science Fiction, edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman. Born and raised in the American South, Jason currently works in the media industry in the Midwestern United States. His previous experience includes work as an archaeologist and as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

His website is jasonsanford.com.

Apex Books & Zine in July

By Jason Sizemore
on June 26, 2021

Apex Books & Zine in July

A look at all the stuff happening this July at Apex.

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Apex Book Company acquires Future Artifacts: Stories by Kameron Hurley

By Jason Sizemore
on April 19, 2021

Apex Book Company acquires Future Artifacts: Stories by Kameron Hurley

Apex Publications is pleased to announce the acquisition of Future Artifacts: Stories by Kameron Hurley.

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Spring Cleaning Sale

By Lesley Conner
on March 25, 2021

Spring Cleaning Sale

Spring is here and with warmer weather comes the itch for clearer spaces and a cleaner office. That means we are spring cleaning the Apex offices and need to make room for future releases by selling some of the books stacked up around us.

This is exciting for us – who doesn’t love a clean office space – and a fantastic opportunity for you!

We are running a short sale on five of our titles. From now until April 8th, you can get any of these books in trade paperback editions for only $7 apiece. Or pick up our Spring Cleaning bundle and get all five for only $25!

So what’s on sale? Glad you asked!

Do Not Go Quietly edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner

Upside Down edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli

Dark Faith edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon

Kentucky Kaiju by Shawn Pryor, Tressina Bowling, and Justin Stewart

Ration by Cody T Luff

Pick up one or two of these titles for only $7 apiece or grab all five for only $25!

Don’t forget, Apex has free domestic shipping for orders $25 or above! That means you get five books for $5 each AND free domestic shipping!

That’s a deal too good to pass up! Buy the Spring Cleaning bundle now!

So head over to the Apex store and take advantage of our Spring Cleaning sale today!

Celebrate Women in Horror and save 30%!

By Lesley Conner
on January 29, 2021

Celebrate Women in Horror and save 30%!

February is Women in Horror month. To celebrate amazing horror written by women and to help you stock up on any you may have missed, we're running a month long sale!

Save 30% on all Apex horror titles by women!

The sale includes both print and digital editions, and the discount will automatically be applied at checkout. A full list of all participating titles can be found here.

Acquisition: PLAGUE BIRDS by Jason Sanford

By Jason Sizemore
on December 22, 2020

Apex Book Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of the novel PLAGUE BIRDS by Jason Sanford.

PLAGUE BIRDS is the epic tale of a young woman betrayed into becoming one of the future’s hated judges and executioners, with a killer AI bonded to her very blood. A genre-bending mix of science fiction and dark fantasy, PLAGUE BIRDS is Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts meets the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. Weird and epic and dark.

The book is tentatively scheduled to be released in the summer of 2021.

Jason Sanford is an award-winning author and a member of the SFWA. Born and raised in the American South, he currently lives in the Midwestern U.S. with his family. His life's adventures include work as an archaeologist and as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Jason has published more than a dozen of his short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which once devoted a special issue to his fiction. His fiction has also been published in Asimov's Science Fiction, Apex, Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Tales of the Unanticipated, and other places. Books containing his stories include multiple "year's best" story collections, the Tachyon anthology The New Voices of Science Fiction, and original anthologies such as Bless Your Mechanical Heart.

Two collections of Jason’s short stories have been released: Never Never Stories and Heaven’s Touch and Other Science Fiction Dreams.

Jason’s awards and honors include being a finalist for both the Nebula Award for Best Novella and the Nebula Award for Best Novelette along with receiving an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. He has also won two Interzone Readers' Polls for best story of the year and was a co-winner of a third. His stories have been named to multiple Locus Recommended Reading Lists along with being translated into a number of languages including Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Italian and Czech.

Black Friday Site-wide sale!

By Jason Sizemore
on November 26, 2020

Black Friday Site-wide sale!

Use checkout code BLACKFRIDAY2020-EBOOK to save 50% on all eBooks!

Or...

Use checkout code BLACKFRIDAY2020-PRINT to save 20% on all print titles!

Good through Tuesday morning.

The Midwest Spec-Fic Book Box -- Limited Availability

By Jason Sizemore
on November 05, 2020

The Midwest Spec-Fic Book Box -- Limited Availability

The Box includes Pimp My Airship by Maurice Broaddus, as well as the first anthology of speculative fiction and poetry by Africans and the African Diaspora, - both published in Kentucky USA - and two exciting, queer, adventures published in Detroit and Minneapolis.

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Like Death (Chapter One)

By Jason Sizemore
on September 30, 2020
Read the first chapter from Tim Waggoner's classic horror novel LIKE DEATH.

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Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury discuss CURSE OF THE BASTARDS

Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury discuss CURSE OF THE BASTARDS

August 20, 2021

Enjoy this discussion of CURSE OF THE BASTARDS with authors Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury.

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