Apex Publications Acquires Shock Totem Book Line

By Hannah Krieger
on January 16, 2017

Apex Publications is pleased to announce that we will be adding seven book titles to our catalog from Shock Totem in the wake of the announcement of their closure.

Apex will be releasing the following books formerly under the Shock Totem brand:

Beautiful Sorrows, by Mercedes M. Yardley
The Wicked, by James Newman
Ugly As Sin, by James Newman
Shine Your Light on Me, by Lee Thompson
Greener Pastures, by Michael Wehunt
Everything That’s Underneath, by Kristi DeMeester
Aetherchrist, by Kirk Jones

We are absolutely delighted to be working with this group of talented authors. Apex recently published Kristi DeMeester in Apex Magazine, James Newman is a horror icon, and the rest are all authors on the rise.

Right now, the plan is to release The Wicked and Ugly As Sin first, followed by Shine Your Light on Me then Beautiful Sorrows.


Apex Magazine is a This Is Horror "Fiction Magazine of the Year" nominee

By Jason Sizemore
on January 06, 2017

Apex Magazine is up for the This Is Horror award for "Fiction Magazine of the Year"! We are honored and grateful for this recognition of the amazing work our writers and editors put into the publication.

The awards are voted on by fans. If you're inclined, a vote for Apex Magazine would be awesome.

There are strong choices in all the categories. Hats off to the This Is Horror folks for putting together a great list of nominees.


Get Upside Down for FREE!

By Lesley Conner
on December 15, 2016

Would you like to get your hands on a print copy of Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli for FREE?

For nine people, that is exactly what is going to happen!

Here's the situation. Jason Sizemore and I have been mailing out the contributor and Kickstarter backer copies of the anthology. For me to be able to help out, Jason has been mailing large boxes of books from Kentucky to my home in Maryland for me to package up and send back out. One of these boxes ... well, I'm not exactly sure what happened to it, but the books inside were banged up. Not badly, the books are completely readable and look pretty good, but they aren't pristine enough to send out to Kickstarter backers or to sell.

Bad news for us. Good news for you.

After sending out most of them to reviewers, I have nine scuffed up copies left. I don't want to store them at my house indefinitely so Jason and I have decided to give them away!

How can you score one?

Easy! All you need to do is follow these three easy steps:

1. Live in the US. (International shipping costs prohibit us from opening this up to everyone. Sorry.)

2. Buy $18.95 worth of goodies from the Apex store. $18.95 is the cover price of Upside Down. Take that money and get something else. Anything else! A subscription to Apex Magazine. A few eBooks. Another recent release that you haven't snagged yet. As long as the total before shipping comes to $18.95, you are good. (And remember, if you spend $25, shipping is FREE!)

3. Let me know you want a copy of Upside Down. Leave a note while you are checking out or send me an email at lesley@apexbookcompany.com. It doesn't matter as long as you say you want Upside Down.

That's it! The first nine people to spend $18.95 in the Apex store and let me know they want a copy of Upside Down, will get a copy for free! A great deal for you, and it will help me make sure these books find good homes!

Note: Since the copies of Upside Down are at my house and Jason ships out all the Apex orders from the Apex's offices in Kentucky, the copy of Upside Down will come separately from the rest of your order.

It's time to get Upside Down!

By Lesley Conner
on December 13, 2016

If you’ve been waiting for the release of Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli, then wait no more!

Today is release day!

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poems, and essays that highlights the long-standing tradition of writers who identify tropes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror and twist them into something new and interesting. The anthology was successfully funded through Kickstarter earlier this year.

"Speculative fiction fans tired of clichés will want to grab this expectation-subverting anthology." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poetry, and essays edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates. Over two dozen authors, ranging from NYT-bestsellers and award winners to debut writers, chose a tired trope or cliche to challenge and surprise readers through their work.

Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more ... then discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.

Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralambi Markov, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and clichés and flip them upside down.

This anthology is available in trade paperback, eBook, and hardcover editions direct from Apex. Pick up the trade paperback and eBook editions from any of our online retailers.

Upside Down is editor Jaym Gates’s (War Stories) second anthology with Apex Book Company, and it is the first for editor Monica Valentinelli. The two have put together an anthology with a strong mix of fiction and essays that is sure to both entertain and educate readers on tropes and how they are used by writers.


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


Sci-Fantasy Novella Acquistion: Winterglass

By Lesley Conner
on December 05, 2016

Apex Publications is pleased to announce the acquisition of Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew. Winterglass is a fictional sci-fantasy about one woman’s love for her homeland (Sirapirat) and her determination to defeat the Winter Queen who has overtaken the land.

Offering more details about Winterglass, Benjanun says, “The city-state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon. When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost. But an empire is not her only goal. In secret, she seeks the fragments of a mirror whose power will grant her deepest desire.

“At her right hand is General Lussadh, who bears a mirror shard in her heart, as loyal to winter as she is plagued by her past as a traitor to her country. Tasked with locating other glass-bearers, she finds one in Nuawa, an insurgent who's forged herself into a weapon that will strike down the queen.

“To earn her place in the queen's army, Nuawa must enter a deadly tournament where the losers' souls are given in service to winter. To free Sirapirat, she is prepared to make sacrifices: those she loves, herself, and the complicated bond slowly forming between her and Lussadh.

“If the splinter of glass in Nuawa's heart doesn't destroy her first.”

Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew is set to be released in late 2017 by Apex Book Company.


4 Days to Save 40%

By Lesley Conner
on November 25, 2016

The holiday gift buying season is upon us. If you’re wondering what to buy your friends and family AND looking for an amazing deal, then you’ve come to the right place!

For the next four days – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday (poor Sunday doesn’t get a fun marketing name), and Cyber Monday – you can save 40% off on all Apex titles in both print and digital formats! Use discount code GIVE16 at checkout to save!

Plus, if you spend $25 or more, you get FREE domestic shipping!

40% off means that you can get our newest release Rosewater by Tade Thompson for the science fiction lover in your life for only $10.17 AND pick up Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz for only $9.57 more! Less than $20 for some serious sci-fi goodness!

Get the monster lover Kentucky Kaiju for $8.97!

And your friend who loves YA will love YOU if you get them The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler (only $7.17) or Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka (only $9.57)! For only $16.74 you can get them both!

Know someone who loves to travel? Pick them up a volume of The Apex Book of World SF and let them travel the literary world! Each volume will be only $10.17 after the discount.

40% off means you can buy all the book lovers in your life amazing stories and still have enough cash in your pocket left over to buy a gift for yourself!

Head over to our full catalog to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list and use discount code GIVE16 at checkout to save! But hurry! This sale ends at Monday at midnight!

Rosewater by Tade Thompson is available now!

By Lesley Conner
on November 15, 2016

Today’s the day! The invasion has begun; Rosewater by Tade Thompson is now available in both print and eBook editions!

Set in Nigeria, Rosewater is a science fiction novel spanning decades of Kaaro’s life: from when he was a young man and thief to his recruitment into a government agency known as Section 45 to when he must try to figure out why other sensitives like himself are dying. It’s story about love, survival, and a silent alien invasion.

Order your copy of Rosewater now!

"One of the most imaginative alien invasion scenarios I have come across ..."
—Aliette de Bodard, Nebula and BSFA award-winning author of THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

"The story bounces over multiple decades, laying out Kaaro’s sordid past and assorted sins, but it never loses sight of the big picture, in which the machinations of aliens (whom the reader will find both understandable and frightening) and psychics are just the backdrop for a character-driven, morally gray tale of hope and potential redemption."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review


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 women 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 cities 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.

"Part thriller, part mystery and part phantasmagoric journey across a strange yet not-too-distant future, and reminiscent at times of both Roger Zelazny and Nnedi Okorafor, Rosewater is the hardboiled, Nigerian alien invasion story you always wanted and now simply couldn't do without!" 
—Lavie Tidhar, author of A MAN LIES DREAMING and CENTRAL STATION

"This thrilling, ambitious novel offers a deftly woven and incisive blend of science fiction, psychology, action, and mystery. Highly recommended."
—Kate Elliott, author of BLACK WOLVES and COLD MAGIC

If you have been looking for a science fiction novel that will broaden your world but feels so close and so real that it will leave you breathless, look no further. Rosewater is the book for you!

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.

Kentucky Kaiju: Get to know author Shawn Pryor

By Hannah Krieger
on October 14, 2016

Kentucky Kaiju is an art book/monster manual being released October 18th. In preparation of the release, we thought it would be fun to sit down with the three creators of this imaginative book and ask them all of the hard, Kaiju-related questions.

This time we're chatting with Shawn Pryor.

Preorder your copy of Kentucky Kaiju today for only $11.95!

Apex Publications: Any kaiju that you'd invite to dinner?

Shawn Pryor: If I would invite Ricky Automaton to dinner simply for his name alone. We would converse over a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio and a fine sirloin dinner with all the trimmings. During dinner, I would ask if he was named Ricky once he crashed to Earth or if that's his actual birth name. Does he have a family? What types of holidays do they celebrate on his home planet? What does he do to find inner peace after defeating evil Kaiju? I'd have so many questions. After dinner, we'd go listen to some Kendrick Lamar albums and discuss the nuances between Hip-Hop music of the 90s compared to today's Hip-Hop scene.

Apex: Where's the weirdest spot you've found a kaiju?

Shawn: The weirdest spot that I've found a Kaiju was in Parrot, KY. While driving all over the state during my many Kaiju expeditions, I was very dehydrated and needed to take a break. There was not a rest stop to be found, but there was this old place that served as a pizza place and post office. It was quite bizarre; it appears that this place had been abandoned for years, but the ovens were still running. And in the kitchen in all of its glory stood the Kaiju known as "CAW!" making pepperoni pizza. Still trying to figure out where this super-sized parrot got the ingredients, but it was a tasty slice.

Apex: What's some advice you have for people searching for adventure out there? Any tips for a better kaiju experience?

Shawn: My advice is to always have a pair of goggles and earplugs with you at all times. Kaiju like to get loud, and when they scream they can blow out your eardrums and the gail force winds from their possible shrieks can have all types of debris coming at you, so eye protection is very vital as well.

Apex: What is your favorite kaiju related story?

Shawn: My favorite Kaiju related story is when I was six years old, there was a toy line called "Shogun Warriors" from Mattel. They were two-feet tall robots that were from a series of imported Japanese super-robots from various animated and live action shows. One of the toys in the line was a Godzilla that had projectile fists and you could stick out its tongue with a lever that projected from the back of its head. One day, I decided to head up to one of the steep streets in our town, strap some roller skates on the toy Godzilla, and set him free. Who knew that toy Kaiju were such great skaters?

Apex: Finally, on a more serious note, can you tell us a little bit about how Kentucky Kaiju became a thing and how you got involved?

Shawn: Justin Stewart and Tressina Bowling wanted a writer that could research the towns and cities of the Bluegrass and create a bunch of monsters for them to visually engineer. I accepted the challenge and it was a ton of fun being able to give additional life to this vibrant state of ours. 

Apex: Thank you, Shawn!

Find out more about Kentucky Kaiju on our product page. Preorder soon to take advantage of our special preorder deal - save $3 off MSRP, free domestic shipping, and a bonus limited edition postcard with a kaiju not featured in the book! Plus all three contributors will be signing all preorders!

Time is running out! Preorder today!

More about Shawn: Shawn Pryor is a writer and the creator of the all-ages graphic novel series, CASH & CARRIE, co-creator of MOTHERLESS CREATURES with Tressina Bowling, and one of the original co-founders of Action Lab Entertainment. His favorite Kaiju is Mothra. Don't ask him why.

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