Maurice Broaddus to guest edit an issue of Apex Magazine

By Lesley Conner
on September 15, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Maurice Broaddus will be guest editing an issue of Apex Magazine in 2017. Maurice and Apex have a long standing working relationship. He co-edited both Dark Faith and Dark Faith: Invocations with Jerry Gordon, co-wrote Orgy of Souls with Wrath James White, and is the author I Can Transform You. He has also had stories appear in Glitter & Mayhem, Appalachian Undead, and the upcoming Upside Down, among other Apex anthologies.  With upcoming projects coming out early in 2017 with other publishers, we thought this would be the perfect time to hand the reins of Apex Magazine over to Maurice and let him show us all just how amazing he is.

Below is Maurice's announcement of the project, as well as details of how he will handle submissions. If you have ever wanted to write a story for Maurice Broaddus, now is the time!

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been tapped to guest edit an issue of Apex Magazine (launching in April 2017). I’ll be soliciting a few stories, but I also wanted to open up the slush pile for potential stories. Normally Apex Magazine brings you 12,000 words of original fiction. My special issue will deliver 20,000 words.

I’m looking for the story only you could write. Something deeply personal and at the same time universal. Smart, literate stories—be they horror or dark fantasy or science fiction—with depth. Stories that make me think, that comment on the human condition and the social order. Stories that are rich in their language use. However, as much as I love social commentary, don’t forget to entertain me.

Submissions will go through the Apex submission page which will open from 12/01/2016 until 12/16/2016. Unsolicited stories received outside this time frame will be deleted unread.

Please send no more than one submission at a time. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted as long as you tell us up front (and immediately withdraw the story if you sell it elsewhere). If you have any questions, reach out to me through my web site contact page.

I look forward to seeing your stories.

Preorder Kentucky Kaiju today!

By Lesley Conner
on September 14, 2016

Apex Publications has joined forces with Justin Stewart, Tressina Bowling, and Shawn Pryor to bring you a book unlike anything we have done before.

Coming this October, Kentucky Kaiju!

Kentucky Kaiju is part art book, part monster manual; combining the two to create the ultimate field guide to the kaiju of the bluegrass state. From 29 foot beavers roaming the forests of Black Gold, KY, to thunderous trees walking Thousandsticks, to a gigantic robot that fell from another galaxy to Future City, KY, this book has it all. Though photographic evidence of kaiju is rare, each one presented in this guide has been artistically rendered by Justin Stewart and Tressina Bowling, with descriptions of their creation, location, and proclivity to violence penned by Shawn Pryor.

Kentucky Kaiju lets you travel deep into the hills of Kentucky and uncover all of its monsters without ever leaving the safety of your home.

Whether you’re a diehard Apex fan, love monster manuals that fill your imagination with new kaiju, or enjoy stellar artwork, this is a book you will want on your bookshelf. Lucky for you, you can preorder your copy now and get in on an amazing deal!

Retailing at $14.95, preorder your copy of Kentucky Kaiju for only $11.95! Plus, free domestic shipping.

As if that weren’t enough, we’re also including is a snazzy limited edition postcard featuring an original kaiju by Chloe Teets that is not featured in the book!

Blazenfoal says you should preorder your copy of Kentucky Kaiju today!

Apex Magazine Issue 88 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on September 06, 2016

September is here, and with it comes a new issue of Apex Magazine.

This month we bring you three original pieces of short fiction: Abhinav Bhat’s “The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s “The Prince Who Gave Up Her Empire,” and Alexandria Baisden’s “The Old Man and the Phoenix.” Our reprint is by Mike Barretta from War Stories: New Military Science Fiction. We have four poems for you this month from Marchell Dyon, Zachary Riddle, Brandon Marlon, and Christina Sng. Michael A. Burstein interviewed Lance Parkin about his Gene Rodenberry biography. For interviews this month, Andrea Johnson talks with Alexandria Baisden about her grandmother, writing, and more, and Russell Dickerson talks with our outstanding cover artist Mélanie Delon. Our podcast this month is “The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer” by Abhinav Bhat.

Read Jason Sizemore’s editorial and “The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer” on the Apex Magazine website now! New content will be release throughout the month, so be sure to come back often.

Or if you want to read the entire issue right now, pick up the eBook edition in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats for only $2.99. It is available direct from Apex, from Weightless Books, Nook, and Amazon.

Subscriptions help fund future issues of Apex Magazine. If you like what we’re doing and want more, please consider picking up a 12-month subscription through Apex or Weightless Books. They are less than $20 for the year and go a long way to helping us reach our goals.

Monthly subscriptions are also available through Amazon. Each month, have the new issue of Apex Magazine delivered directly to your Kindle for only $1.99!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDITORIAL
Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

FICTION
The Old Man and the Phoenix — Alexandria Baisden
The Prince Who Gave Up Her Empire — Benjanun Sriduangkaew
The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer — Abhinav Bhat
War Dog — Mike Barretta

NONFICTION
Interview with Author Alexandria Baisden — Andrea Johnson
Words for Thought — A.C. Wise
Fifty Years of Star Trek: Interview with Lance Parkin — Michael A. Burstein
Interview with Cover Artist Mélanie Delon — Russell Dickerson

POETRY
The Amenities of Heaven — Marchell Dyon
Wingless — Zachary Riddle
The Mouth of the Cave — Brandon Marlon
The Storm Creatures — Christina Sng

Until next month, sit back and enjoy all things Apex!

STAY CRAZY is available now!

By Lesley Conner
on August 17, 2016

Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka has officially released and is available now in both trade paperback and eBook formats direct from Apex or through our many online retailers!

Stay Crazy is not your typical science fiction novel. It touches sci-fi, with an alien voice speaking to Emmeline Kalberg through the RFID chips in products at Savertown USA, but the story is more than that. Struggling to get her life back on track after a psychotic break in college, Em doesn’t want to be the hero. She doesn’t like her coworkers, her family, or even herself all that much. When she begins hearing a voice coming from a box of chicken nuggets, her first reaction isn’t to immediately rush in and help. Rather, the incident leaves her questioning herself, wondering if the voice is real or a symptom of her schizophrenia.  

In Stay Crazy, Erica L. Satifka brings us a novel full of science fiction, family drama, and small town consumerism, with a main character who surprises even herself when she steps up to save the world.

Read the first two chapters in the latest issue of Apex Magazine.

Buy your copy of Stay Crazy now! Get the paperback or eBook direct from Apex. Or head over to Amazon for the paperback and Kindle edition.

Synopsis:

After a breakdown at college landed Emmeline Kalberg in a mental hospital, she’s struggling to get her life on track. She’s back in her hometown and everyone knows she’s crazy, but the twelve pills she takes every day keep her anxiety and paranoia in check. So when a voice that calls itself Escodex begins talking to Em from a box of frozen chicken nuggets, she’s sure that it’s real and not another hallucination. Well … pretty sure.

An evil entity is taking over the employees of Savertown USA, sucking out their energy so it can break into Escodex’s dimension. Escodex needs Em’s help to save his dimension and to keep hers from collapsing. But Em isn’t certain she wants to help Escodex. She has other things to worry about, like staying off the Savertown USA bowling team, busting her sister’s chops about her new found religion, and getting out of Clear Falls, PA.

When her coworkers start mysteriously dying, Em realizes that she may be the only one who can stop things from getting worse. Now she must convince her therapist she’s not having a relapse and keep her boss from firing her. All while getting her coworker Roger to help enact the plans Escodex conveys to her though the RFID chips in the Savertown USA products. It’s enough to make anyone Stay Crazy.

Apex Magazine Issue 87 is LIVE!

By Hannah Krieger
on August 02, 2016

It’s new Apex Magazine day and this month you may want to keep a tissue handy. We have an emotionally charged issue that full of sorrow, beauty, and passion. The original fiction is by A. Merc Rustad, E.K. Wagner, and Alexis A. Hunter. Our poetry was penned by Mary Soon Lee, Anton Rose, Peter Venable, and Frank Tota. Our reprint is by the wonderful Damien Angelica Walters. To round out our fiction selections, we have an excerpt from Apex’s next book release Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka. For our nonfiction selections this month, Betsy Phillips takes a look at the films The Frame and Ink, Andrea Johnson interviews A. Merc Rustad, and Russell Dickerson interviews our cover artist Marcela Bolivar. In the online edition of this issue, we will be pulling a story from our vaults back into the spotlight, with a feature of “My Body, Her Canvas” by A.C. Wise.

All of the content from Apex Magazine issue 87 will be available to read online for free. We have a staggered release schedule, opening up new pieces as the month unfolds. Right now you can read Editor-in-Chief Jason Sizemore’s editorial, as well as “The Gentleman of Chaos” by A. Merc Rustad.

Want to read the entire issue now? Purchase the eBook edition for only $2.99! Available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats, the eBook edition allows you to download the entire issue to your eReader and read Apex Magazine wherever you go!

Subscriptions are also available! 12-month subscriptions can be purchased directly from Apex or from our friends at Weightless Books for only $19.95. Amazon has a monthly subscription option for only $1.99 a month for those of you who own Kindles.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Editorial
Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

Fiction
The Gentleman of Chaos — A. Merc Rustad
Fall to Her — Alexis A. Hunter
I Remember Your Face — E.K. Wagner
Paskutinis Iliuzija (The Last Illusion) — Damien Angelica Walters
Stay Crazy (excerpt) — Erica L. Satifka

Nonfiction
Interview with Author A. Merc Rustad — Andrea Johnson
Interview with Marcela Bolivar, Cover Artist — Russell Dickerson
Discussion of the Cult Films INK and The Frame with Star Christopher Soren Kelly — Betsy Phillips

Poetry
Not Like This — Mary Soon Lee
Perplexities — Peter Venable
This Earth — Frank Tota
The Labyrinth Keeper — Anton Rose

Rosewater by Tade Thompson - Cover Reveal

By Lesley Conner
on July 25, 2016
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Tade Thompson is a talented writer that we here at Apex think everyone should be reading (check out his story "Child, Funeral, Thief, Death" in Apex Magazine issue 76). Later this year we will be bringing you a whole lot more from Tade with a new sci-fi novel. 

Rosewater is science fiction novel set in Nigeria that deals with an alien invasion and the impact it has on Earth.

Today we have the cover for this awesome new book, as well as the synopsis. Later this week, we'll open up preorders so you can be the first in line to read it.

Synopsis:

Between meeting a boy who bursts into flames, alien floaters that want to devour him, and a butterfly woman who he has sex with when he enters the xenosphere, Kaaro’s life is far from the simple one he wants. But he left simple behind a long time ago when he was caught stealing and nearly killed by an angry mob. Now he works for a government agency called Section 45, and they want him to find a woman known as Bicycle Girl. And that’s just the beginning.

An alien entity lives beneath the ground, forming a biodome around which the city of Rosewater thrives. The citizens of Rosewater are enamored by the dome, hoping for a chance to meet the beings within or possibly be invited to come in themselves. But Kaaro isn’t so enamored. He was in the biodome at one point and decided to leave it behind. When something begins killing off other sensitives like himself, Kaaro defies Section 45 to search for an answer, facing his past and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

Cover art by Igor Vitkovskiy.

Cover design by Russell Dickerson.

Apex Publications seeks talented eBook builder

By Jason Sizemore
on July 13, 2016

Apex Publications is seeking an experienced and talented freelancer who can perform the following tasks:

1) Create mobi and ePub editions of our upcoming books and issues of Apex Magazine. The ePubs created will be required to pass ePubCheck. Apex will require ownership of all source files so that we can make corrections and enhancements to our eBooks as needed.

2) Occasionally work with short lead times. Publishing is a hurry up and wait business, so there will be times where you will be asked to perform without much warning.

On average, we will need to eBooks built a month: one book length and one issue of Apex Magazine.

We currently use hand coded html (and css) with Sigil and Calibre to compile the digital files. Preference will be given to eBook builders who make use of our existing processes.

All interested parties please submit samples of your work (both mobi and ePub) along with your offered freelance rates to jason@apexbookcompany.com.

Apex Magazine Issue 86 is LIVE

By Lesley Conner
on July 05, 2016

It’s the first Tuesday of the month, which means it’s new Apex Magazine day!

This month we have original stories by Jennifer Giesbrecht and Christopher Shultz, plus a reprint by the wonderful C.S.E. Cooney. Our poetry selections are by David Jibson, Rodney Gomez, Jon Olson, and Chris Phillips. Michael A. Burstein has a wonderful nonfiction feature for us with Andrew Fazekas about Star Trek and the universe. Jennifer Giesbrecht was kind enough to chat with our author interviewer Andrea Johnson about writing, comics, and her fantastic story “Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix.” Our artist interviewer Russell Dickerson delves into the beautiful work of our cover artist Sunny Ray.

As you probably have heard, Mahvesh Murad has joined the Apex Magazine team as our new podcast producer. I know you’re as excited to hear her rendition of Jennifer Giesbrecht’s “Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix” as I am, but due to an equipment issue, there has been a slight delay. Podcast #37 should be up and running by July 12th. Until then, we’ll all wait in eager anticipation.

You can read Jennifer Giesbrecht’s story “Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix” and Jason Sizemore’s “Words from the Editor-in-Chief” today on the Apex Magazine website. Our release schedule for the rest of this month’s content is also there. We have new content to post all month long!

But who wants to wait!?! Read the entire July issue of Apex Magazine today by purchasing the eBook edition for only $2.99! Ebook editions are available direct from Apex, or through one of our many online retailers.

How about subscribing? Subscriptions are a great way to tell us you enjoy what we’re doing. They also help fund future issues. For only $19.95, you can get 12-months of Apex Magazine by subscribing either through Apex or Weightless Books. For $1.99 a month, Amazon will deliver new issues of Apex Magazine directly to your Kindle.

And don’t forget, if you like a story or poem published in Apex Magazine, be sure to share it with your friends!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Editorial
Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore

Fiction
Lazarus and the Amazing Kid Phoenix — Jennifer Giesbrecht
Starpower — Christopher Shultz
The Big Bah-Ha — C.S.E. Cooney

Nonfiction
Interview with Author Jennifer Giesbrecht — Andrea Johnson
Interview with Sunny Ray, Cover Artist — Russell Dickerson
Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe: Interview with Andrew Fazekas — Michael A. Burstein

Poetry
Canals of Mars — David Jibson
La Llorona — Rodney Gomez
Earth, Hearing Her Children Cry Out Sharp Like Broken Pottery, Shrinks — Jon Olsen
Knights of the Smooth Hull — Chris Phillips

 

Eugie Foster Award Shortlisted "Pocosin"

By McKenzie Winberry
on June 23, 2016

Eugie Foster Award Shortlisted "Pocosin"

Two years ago the writing world lost a great author, Eugie Foster, to Lymphoma. In her honor, an award has been founded for innovative short fiction.  The shortlist for this year has been released and we are proud to announce that Ursula Vernon's "Pocosin" from Issue 68 of Apex Magazine is among the five finalists for The Eugie Award!

You can read all about the award and check out the other finalists at http://www.eugiefoster.com/eugieaward.

You can purchase Issue 68 here!

Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka - Cover Reveal and Preorders!

By Lesley Conner
on June 23, 2016

A while back we shared the wonderful cover art Nickolas Brokenshire created for Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka. Today we have the final cover, with the title layout being completed by Matt Davis. The title layout really completes the look of this incredibly fun book!

Check it out!

Stay Crazy is slated to be released this August. It is a science fiction tale with a twisted sense of humor, mixing the pitfalls of family, a dead-end job, and mental health.

After a breakdown at college landed Emmeline Kalberg in a mental hospital, she’s struggling to get her life on track. She’s back in her hometown and everyone knows she’s crazy, but the twelve pills she takes every day keep her anxiety and paranoia in check. So when a voice that calls itself Escodex begins talking to Em from a box of frozen chicken nuggets, she’s sure that it’s real and not another hallucination. Well … pretty sure.

An evil entity is taking over the employees of Savertown USA, sucking out their energy so it can break into Escodex’s dimension. When her coworkers start dying, Em realizes that she may be the only one who can stop things from getting worse. Now she must convince her therapist she’s not having a relapse and keep her boss from firing her. All while getting her coworker Roger to help enact the plans Escodex conveys to her though the RFID chips in the Savertown USA products. It’s enough to make anyone Stay Crazy.

I know you’re dying to read this one! And the best part, you can preorder it today! For only $12, preorder your copy of Stay Crazy – saving $3.95 off the msrp – AND we’ll throw in a copy of the Apex Magazine sampler as well!

Preorder your copy today!

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