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!

The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler

By Jason Sizemore
on June 21, 2016

The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler

the kraken sea

E. Catherine Tobler’s newest novella The Kraken Sea is now available for purchase! A dark supernatural fantasy tale about family, fitting in, and individuality, it is a rich and imaginative story enjoyed by both YA and adult audiences. The Kraken Sea is available in both print and eBook.

Tobler is the Senior Editor of Shimmer Magazine and author of Rings of Anubis.  Her short fiction has appeared in ClarkesworldLightspeed, and on the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award ballot. Find her online at www.ecatherine.com and @ecthetwit.

“Fifteen-year-old Jackson is different from the other children at the foundling hospital. Scales sometimes cover his arms. Tentacles coil just below his skin. Despite this Jackson tries to fit in with the other children. He tries to be normal for Sister Jerome Grace and the priests. But when a woman asks for a boy like him, all that changes. His name is pinned to his jacket and an orphan train whisks him across the country to Macquarie’s.

At Macquarie’s, Jackson finds a home unlike any he could have imagined. The bronze lions outside the doors eat whomever they deem unfit to enter, the hallways and rooms shift and change at will, and Cressida – the woman who adopted him – assures him he no longer has to hide what he is. But new freedoms hide dark secrets. There are territories, allegiances, and a kraken in the basement that eats shadows.

As Jackson learns more about the new world he’s living in and about who he is, he has to decide who he will stand with: Cressida, the woman who gave him a home and a purpose, or Mae, the black-eyed lion tamer with a past as enigmatic as his own. The Kraken Sea is a fast paced adventure full of mystery, Fates, and writhing tentacles just below the surface, and in the middle of it all is a boy searching for himself.”

We are proud to see great reviews coming in from various reviewers, including Publisher’s Weekly!  They had wonderful things to say about it, and we hope you will too!

“Shifting supernatural borderlands inspire awe and ancient gods mirror very human desires in a fear fable that balances complex philosophy with relentless, image-packed action. Tobler creates a fluid, transformative universe that’s equal parts exhilaration and terror.”

–Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)

Go snag a copy now!  We'd say they will sell like hotcakes, but they will probably sell more like delicious, delicious calamari.

Order today from the Apex store or one of our many fine vendors!
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/products/the-kraken-sea

Yours to Tell - Cover Reveal

By Lesley Conner
on June 14, 2016

Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem is a writers guide to fiction based on Steve and Melanie’s writing processes and experiences they’ve had teaching fiction, including two stints at the annual Odyssey Writing Workshop in New Hampshire.

We're hoping to have Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing out in time for the holidays this year, with a projected release date of November, 2016.

Today we have the cover to share with you. The cover design is by Russell Dickerson.

 

About Yours to Tell, Steve says, “The book consists of a series of dialogues in which we discuss a number of topics on the writing of fiction, a method which we developed while teaching and continued to use for various articles and columns on both genre and non-genre writing. This is a unique approach for a writing guide, and has the advantage of presenting two different, but complimentary points of view for the basic issues of craft and encouragement which face all writers, whatever their level of skill and experience. We made this guidebook dense with practical information, empowering for new writers desiring a path for learning the craft, and inspiring even for those with more experience but wanting a fresh and encouraging view of the fiction writing process.”

 

 

Apex Magazine Issue 85 is here!

By Lesley Conner
on June 07, 2016

Today’s the day! New Apex Magazine day! And this month we have a fantastic issue full of unsettling fiction, a great feature, poetry, and an excerpt from Apex Publications’ next release The Kraken Sea. Our original fiction this month is by Mary Pletsch (“Folk Hero”) and Douglas F. Warrick (“Cuckoo Girls”). We have a reprint from Aliette de Bodard. Our poetry this month is by Tina Parker, Tina Jens, and Cullen Groves. In nonfiction, Andrea Johnson interviewed Mary Pletsch, and Russell Dickerson spoke with our cover artist Joe Badon. Also, this month we have a special feature with Betsy Phillips as she delves into the mysteries of the Black Tapes and Tanis podcasts!

Head on over to the Apex Magazine website to read editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore’s editorial and Mary Pletsch’s short story “Folk Hero.” Then come back all month long as we release new material online.

Want to read the entire issue now? You can buy a nicely formatted eBook edition direct from Apex, or from one of our online retailers, such as Weightless Books, Amazon, and Nook. An individual issue only costs $2.99!

Subscriptions are also available and are a great way to never miss an issue. 12-month subscriptions are available through Apex and Weightless Books. Have Kindle? Amazon will deliver Apex Magazine straight to your device each month with their monthly subscriptions.

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

Fiction
Folk Hero — Mary Pletsch
Cuckoo Girls — Douglas F. Warrick
Memorials — Aliette de Bodard
The Kraken Sea (Novel Excerpt) — E. Catherine Tobler 

Nonfiction
Interview with Author Mary Pletsch — Andrea Johnson
Interview with Joe Baden, Cover Artist — Russell Dickerson
SEEKING TANIS. Runner Available — Betsy Phillips

Poetry
Later, they found her journal — Tina Parker
Ghost Plague — Tina Jens
By Payette Lake — Cullen Groves

Stay Crazy Cover Art Reveal

By Lesley Conner
on May 23, 2016

When it came to finding cover art for Stay Crazy by Erica Satifka, nothing that I was finding on DeviantArt seemed right. Erica and I batted a few pieces back and forth, but none of them really worked. She was leaning toward a lighter feel than the pieces I was finding so people wouldn't look at the cover and title, and assume that Stay Crazy is some dark heavy book. It isn't.

We quickly realized we weren't going to find exactly what we needed. Instead, we needed an artist who could create it. In came the wonderful Nickolas Brokenshire and he did a stellar job!

Isn't it wonderful? The artwork is by the talented comic book artist Nickolas Brokenshire.

More about Stay Crazy:

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 chick 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.

Stay Crazy will be hitting the shelves August 19th! Be sure to keep an eye out for more updates coming soon!

Cool off this summer with a chilling SF thriller by Chris Bucholz

By Lesley Conner
on May 17, 2016

Looking for an exciting scifi adventure that you can kick back and chill with this summer?

The search is over!

Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz is here!

In Freeze/Thaw, the earth is icing over because of the Shade, a set of micro-satellites designed to stop global warming that works a little too well. No one knows how to shut the Shade off. Every attempt in the last thirty years has failed and humanity is nearly out of options to regain a world that isn’t covered in snow. Gabe Alfil may be the only person alive with enough expertise in quantum computing to solve the problem, but a hiking accident a decade earlier has left him paralyzed. In a world where most people scavenge the wreckage left in the Shade’s shadow to survive, there aren’t many resources for those who can’t go out and take them. But there is a solution to Gabe’s problem, if he’s willing to work with the military. Strapped into an exoskeleton, Gabe will travel with a military patrol to a lost computing facility where the off-switch for the Shade may lay. But a group of eco-terrorists has other plans. Between chases across the frozen landscape, kidnapping attempts, and computer hijacking, Gabe quickly realizes that not everyone wants to save the world.

Who can he trust?

Written by Chris Bucholz, Freeze/Thaw is a fast-paced novel dealing with climate change and desperate measures taken to try and fix it. The effects of which kick off a thriller that is sure to keep you guessing to the end. In his latest Cracked.com article, Chris looks at real life climate change devices that will undoubtedly backfire. A great primer before reading Freeze/Thaw! With the heat of summer nearly upon us, it is the perfect time to pick up a book about climate change!

"Bucholz (Severance) has deftly constructed a believable future that explores the environmental and social effects of a radical solution to global warming. The breakdown of governmental order and personal relationships, and the attitudes toward disabled people who are viewed as unable to contribute to either, form a frightening portrait of the tendencies of communities to isolate in times of devastation."

— Publishers Weekly

Still not convinced? Check out the excerpt in this month’s issue of Apex Magazine.

Freeze/Thaw is available now in both print and eBook editions. Order your copy today direct from Apex or from one of our online retailers.

 

Short Sales on Short Fiction - The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 1

By Lesley Conner
on May 06, 2016

We’re celebrating short fiction all month long with Short Sales on Short Fiction. Each sale gives you 48 hours to save 40% on either the print or eBook edition of the featured title!

Today’s featured book is The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 1 edited by Lavie Tidhar. Save 40% off the cover price today and tomorrow by using coupon code WSF40.

Synopsis:

 The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar, features award-winning science fiction and fantasy short stories from Asia, Eastern Europe and around the world.

The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers more than one country, one continent, one culture. Collected here are sixteen stories penned by authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and other countries across the globe. Each one tells a tale breathtakingly vast and varied, whether caught in the ghosts of the past or entangled in a postmodern age.

Among the spirits, technology, and deep recesses of the human mind, stories abound. Kites sail to the stars, technology transcends physics, and wheels cry out in the night. Memories come and go like fading echoes and a train carries its passengers through more than simple space and time. Dark and bright, beautiful and haunting, the stories herein represent speculative fiction from a sampling of the finest authors from around the world.

Don’t miss it! This is a great chance to save on fantastic short fiction! Use coupon code WSF40 at checkout to take advantage of this fantastic deal!

 

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