Read the 2014 Nebula Award-nominated "Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon

By Jason Sizemore
on February 21, 2015
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The 2014 Nebula Award nominees were announced yesterday by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Apex is proud to have placed "Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon from Apex Magazine in the Best Short Fiction category!

You can read Ursula's fantastic story for free in Apex Magazine here:

You can listen to Ursula's fantastic story for free in the Apex Magazine Podcast here:

Congratulations to all the nominees this year! You can find a full list at the SFWA announcement.

Last year, the Apex Magazine story "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" by Rachel Swirsky was the winner of the Nebula Award for Best Short Fiction.

Editor Interview: Mahvesh Murad, The Apex Book of World SF 4

By Lesley Conner
on February 18, 2015

At the end of January we announced that we would be publishing a fourth volume in our popular World SF series, but with one significant change. Mahvesh Murad, a book reviewer and podcast host for Midnight in Karachi for, is stepping into the editor role, with Lavie Tidhar, who edited the first three volumes, will be staying on a series editor. We're all very excited to see what type of anthology Mahvesh will put together - to find out what a new set of eyes can bring to the World SF series - and she was kind enough to answer a few questions we had about how she came to be the new editor, and her thoughts on how the project will come together.

Apex Publications: Volumes 1 - 3 of The Apex Book of World SF edited by Lavie Tidhar have all been successful and incredibly well received. How is it that you came to take the lead as editor of the fourth volume?

Mahvesh Murad: To be perfectly honest, I straight up asked. Lavie knew me through my previous radio show (he had been a guest) and my reviews, and I’d always admired the effort he put in to finding and promoting SF from all over the world so I’d been asking him about the next volume and since he’s been busy writing his own novels, I told him I’d gladly help out. I wasn’t certain he and Jason (Sizemore) would take me up on it but I’m thrilled that they did.

AP: What is your plan for selecting stories? Any areas of the world you are particularly interested in focusing on? Authors you would love to work with?

MM: The plan is to read, the plan is always to read! I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and get to know a lot of writers in the field so I’ve been reaching out to some of them too, for suggestions and leads on things they may have read from their indigenous countries that haven’t crossed my path. I’m not considering focusing on any one part of the world, but I do want to feature stories from places we don’t hear much from in mainstream genre publishing. I would love to find stories from say the First Nations of Canada, Maori writers, South American writers, stories from Turkey or perhaps even the Emirates? Of course, since I’m Pakistani, I couldn’t possibly ignore my bit of the world even if I tried! I’d love to find stories from the subcontinent as well as writers from a little further East - Malaysia, Korea, Japan. Hell, I’m wide open - anyone have a story in English by a female writer from Nepal or Papua New Guinea? Send it my way, please!

AP: With The Apex Book of World SF 3, Lavie Tidhar branched out from science fiction a bit, including both fantasy and horror stories in the collection. Do you plan to continue with this approach, or is your goal to choose science fiction stories exclusively?

MM: One of the things I loved in particular about World SF 3 was just this - that it wasn’t restricted to a narrow or conservative definition of science fiction. I personally use that term fairly loosely so I’m really glad that Lavie is open to us doing so too. SF can mean such different things to different people - why not use that to try to incorporate as much quality fiction as you can? Plus, how great would some Japanese horror be? I’d even like to have some YA SF in the mix, if we can!

AP: There can be a lot of challenges that come along with editing an anthology. What do you think will be the biggest challenge with The Apex Book of World SF 4, and what are your plans for dealing with those challenges?

MM: Trying to find something in English from everywhere in the world is hard. I’m greedy - I really do want something from everywhere! I’m going about it slowly and thanking Lavie for being such a great resource. We’re also not repeating any of the writers who have been featured in the previous volumes, which has at times felt like a bit of a loss because I am a fan of a great many of them and would love to include more of their stories, but at the same time I know how important it is to showcase other names too. Of course, finding work that is translated into English is a challenge as well - there’s obviously fantastic stuff out there in different languages that we just can’t read.

AP: You review a lot of books. Do you think this will be an asset when editing The Apex Book of World SF 4?

MM: I’m really not sure. One would assume that it would, since I review all sorts of books for different audiences and have done so on radio, print, and the internet so I do read widely. But a review is ultimately a personal opinion, isn’t it? I think curating stories for an anthology is different though, because sometimes you may pick a story that may not be to your personal taste but one that you recognise as important to a particular style, genre, history, or even geographical location (for instance), or a story that has an alternate world view that adds to the greater narrative of SF.

AP: In your opinion, what is the most exciting part of this project? What are you the most excited to share with readers?

MM: I’m excited to discover new voices and I’m excited to share them with readers. There’s been so much great conversation about diversity of voices, of writers and of narratives recently, and it would be fantastic to help add to that.

AP: Thank you so much, Mahvesh, for answering our questions. I'm certain that The Apex Book of World SF 4 will be just as fantastic as the first three volumes in the series. I can't wait to read it!

The Apex Book of World SF 4 is slated to be released in the fourth quarter of 2015. While we wait, catch up on the first three volumes in the series, available as a bundle in the Apex store, $30 for all three trade paperbacks or $10 for the eBooks!

Announcing Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling

By Lesley Conner
on February 12, 2015

Apex Publications is pleased to announce the addition of a new anthology to its 2015 release schedule. Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories and poems that will highlight the long-standing tradition of writers who identify tropes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror and twist them into something new and interesting.

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling will include original contributions from Maurice Broaddus, Shanna Germain, Laura Anne Gilman, Sara Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Haralambi Markov, Sunil Patel, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Lucien Soulban, Wrath James White, Alyssa Wong, and many others.

“I am excited to be working with two fantastic, smart, and gifted editors like Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli,” says Jason Sizemore, the publisher of Apex Book Company. “They should only enhance the Apex reputation as one of the genre's leading anthology publishers with the release of Upside Down.”

Edited by Jaym Gates (War Stories) and Monica Valentinelli (Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horrors), the anthology will debut in Fall/Winter 2015 in both digital and print. The anthology will be Gates’s second collection with Apex Book Company and Valentinelli’s first. A Kickstarter and open submissions period are also planned for this fall.

To find out more about Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, be sure to watch for milestone-related updates from the editors posted here.


Apex Magazine Issue 69 is LIVE

By Lesley Conner
on February 03, 2015

Apex Magazine Issue 69 is live and ready for your consumption!

This month we have stories by Damien Angelica Walters, Mary Lowd, Lisa L. Hannett, Rhoads Brazos, Susan Jane Bigelow, and Brian Keene. Our poetry is by Leslie J. Anderson, Michelle Muenzler, John Phillip Johnson and Salvatore B. Lombard. Ed Grabianowski wrote the nonfiction article, and we have interviews with Brian Keene and Loika. Exclusive to our eBook/subscriber edition is a story by the fabulous Fran Wilde and an excerpt from Brian Keene's novel The Lost Level.

You can read all of the original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction at the Apex Magazine website. 

Or pick up a nicely formatted eBook edition to read the entire issue, including the exclusive content, from the comfort and convenience of your eReader. EBook editions are available direct from Apex, or through Weightless Books, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), and Barnes & Noble.

Subscribe and never miss an issue. Get a 12-month subscription through either Apex or Weightless Books. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased through Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK) for Kindles.

If you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine, let us know! Leave a review on Amazon, send a tweet to @apexmag, or comment on the stories.

Table of Contents


“Requiem, for Solo Cello” by Damien Angelica Walters

“Heirloom Pieces” by Lisa L. Hannett

“Foreknowledge” by Mary Lowd

“Inhale” by Rhoads Brazos

“The Best Little Cleaning Robot in all of Faerie” by Susan Jane Bigelow

“The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde (eBook/subscriber exclusive)

“A Revolution of One” by Brian Keene


“Werewolf’s Aubade” by Leslie J. Anderson

“Second Mouth” by John Phillip Johnson and Salvatore B. Lombard

“what we eat when” by Michelle Muenzler


“Words from the Editor-in-Chief” by Jason Sizemore

“Interview with Brian Keene” by Andrea Johnson

“Interview with Cover Artist Loika” by Russell Dickerson

“Clavis Aurea – Short Fiction Review” by Charlotte Ashley

“Supposedly True (but Probably Not and That’s OK) Weird Tales” by Ed Grabianowski

Novel Excerpt

The Lost Level by Brian Keene (eBook/subscriber exclusive)

Podcast Fiction

“Requiem, for Solo Cello” by Damien Angelica Walters



Preorder Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters

By Lesley Conner
on January 28, 2015

Preorders are now open for Sing Me Your Scars, the debut short fiction collection by Damien Angelica Walters.

Preorder the trade paperback direct from Apex and receive free domestic shipping and the eBook edition of Apex Magazine Issue 69, containing Damien's new story "Requiem, for Solo Cello." (Note: If you're already a subscriber to Apex Magazine, we're happy to replace this issue with one you don't own.)

Preorder the Kindle edition direct from Amazon.

About Sing Me Your Scars:

Sometimes a thread pulled through the flesh is all that holds you together. Sometimes the blade of a knife or the point of a nail is the only way you know you’re real. When pain becomes art and a quarter is buried deep within you, all you want is to be seen, to have value, to be loved. But love can be fragile, folded into an origami elephant while you disappear, carried on the musical notes that build a bridge, or woven into an illusion so real, so perfect that you can fool yourself for a little while. Paper crumples, bridges fall, and illusions come to an end. Then you must pick up the pieces, stitch yourself back together, and shed your fear, because that is when you find out what you are truly made of and lift your voice, that is when you Sing Me Your Scars.

In her first collection of short fiction, Damien Angelica Walters weaves her lyrical voice through suffering and sorrow, teasing out the truth and discovering hope.

Preorder Sing Me Your Scars today!

Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters Cover Reveal!

By Jason Sizemore
on January 26, 2015

Cover art/design by Angelica McDermott and Juliana M. Hernandez.

Release date: March 9th, 2015

Preorders open tomorrow!

The Apex Magazine Story of the Year 2014 Winner

By Lesley Conner
on January 21, 2015

The votes are in and the time has come to announce the Apex Magazine Story of the Year for 2014!

The voting was close, with “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon, “Anthracite Weddings” by John Zaharick, “Candy Girl” by Chikodili Emelumadu, and “The House in Winter” by Jessica Sirkin all having strong numbers. Even one of our Steal the Spotlight entries, “Guided Breathing Exercise: Being Mindful of the Succubus in Your Bedroom” by Christine Purcell, got a fair number of votes. But one story pulled ahead of them all to claim the title of Apex Magazine Story of the Year 2014.

Drum roll please…

The Apex Magazine Story of the Year for 2014 is “Keep Talking” by Marie Vibbert!

“Keep Talking” appeared in issue 67, along with an interview with Marie. If you haven’t read it yet, take a few minutes to do so now. You won’t regret it. It’s a fantastic story. It has the votes to prove it.

A big Thank You to everyone who voted. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

Apex announces Mahvesh Murad as editor of The Apex Book of World SF 4

By Jason Sizemore
on January 21, 2015

Apex Publications is proud to announce the fourth volume in their popular and critically-acclaimed The Apex Book of World SF series. Taking over as editor from Lavie Tidhar will be Mahvesh Murad from Karachi, Pakistan. Murad, a long-time genre fan, hosted 89 Chapter, Pakistan’s only radio book show, for seven years, and currently hosts the podcast Midnight in Karachi for She is a prolific reviewer for online and print publications.

Lavie Tidhar, who edited the first three volumes, will remain as overall Series Editor. Tidhar said, “I’m delighted to hand over the reins to Mahvesh, who is able to bring a fresh perspective and incredible enthusiasm to the next volume. I can’t wait to see her selections!”

The anthology series started as an idea between editor Lavie Tidhar and Apex Publications owner Jason Sizemore, with the first volume published in 2009. Designed as a showcase of speculative fiction from around the world, the series has produced three previous volumes and the popular World SF Blog, a World Fantasy Award nominee and winner of both a BSFA Award and a Kitschies. The anthologies have since become required reading on several university courses, and the third volume appeared recently on NPR’s list of 100 Best Books of 2014.

A diverse range of talent has been featured in the anthologies, including: S.P. Somtow, Kaaron Warren, Aliette de Bodard, Zoran Živković, Lauren Beukes, Hannu Rajaniemi, Nnedi Okorafor, Andrzej Sapkowski, Karin Tidbeck, and more.

Publication Date: 4th Quarter, 2015

Trade paperback ($16.95) eBook ($4.99)

APEX PUBLICATIONS ( is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Catherynne M. Valente, and Brian Keene.

Introducing Print and eBook Bundling with BitLit

By Jason Sizemore
on January 16, 2015

Apex Publications is happy to announce that we have partnered with BitLit to offer print and eBook bundling! BitLit is a free eBook bundling app for iOS and Android that allows you to get a free or highly discounted eBook if you own a print edition of one of our titles.

Mary Alice Elcock, BitLit’s VP Marketing says, “BitLit is excited to be working with forward-thinking publishers who recognize their readers’ desire to be able to access stories in multiple formats.”

We’ve embarked on this partnership, because it means our readers will be able to not only read their books in print, but also on a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or any smartphone when that’s more convenient. We’ve included our entire catalogue so that you can get a bundled ebook even if you bought the print copy years ago.

Find yourself waiting in line at the bank? Now you can use that ten minutes to dig into the book you left on your bedside table. BitLit is reading without boundaries!

Bundling your print book is easy: Take a photo of your book. Write your name on the copyright page. Download your eBook.

For more information about BitLit visit

Apex Magazine Story of the Year 2014

By Lesley Conner
on January 12, 2015

It's that time of year again. Time to vote on your favorite original story published in the last year of Apex Magazine!

The last two years, you guys have chosen absolutely stunning winners, giving the prestige and bragging rights to Brian Trent in 2013, and Alethea Kontis and Katharine E.K. Duckett in 2012. Now, you get to do it again, choosing from all the amazing original stories that we published during 2014.

One vote per person, please. We will be throwing out any duplicate votes.

Voting will close at 11:59PM EST on Monday, January 19th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 20th. Until then, have fun and may your favorite story win!


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