An Announcement From The Lost Level

By Lesley Conner
on January 08, 2015

Preorders for the trade paperback edition of The Lost Level by Brian Keene close tomorrow, January 9th, at 11:59pm EST. To get your hands on this new lost world, adventure novel as soon as possible, you'll want to order now!

Plus, preorders get free domestic shipping and we'll send you the eBook immediately.

Kindle edition preorders will continue on Amazon until the release date for The Lost Level, which is January 19th.

As if the release of Brian Keene's new novel isn't exciting enough, we're also thrilled to announce that Apex Publications will be publishing the trade paperback and digital editions of both the sequel, Return to the Lost Level, and the prequel, Hole in the World.

Order The Lost Level now to jump into Aaron Pace's adventure, because it will continue.

Apex Magazine Issue 68 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on January 06, 2015

It's new Apex Magazine day! And I have to say, this month we have a fantastic issue for you. New fiction by Ursula Vernon, Samuel Marzioli, Andy Dudak, and Allison M. Dickson. Our poetry is by Alina Rios, Armel Dagorn, and Wendy Rathbone. DeAnna Knippling wrote our nonfiction piece, and we have interviews with Ursula Vernon and Emma SanCartier. Our podcast this month is Ursula Vernon’s story, “Pocosin.” The beautiful cover art is by Emma SanCartier. Exclusive to our eBook/subscriber versions, we have a reprint of “The Sea Half-Held by Night” by E. Catherine Tobler and an excerpt from Straggletaggle by J.M. McDermott.

As always, all the original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction can be read for free on the Apex Magazine website.

Or purchase a nicely formatted eBook edition for only $2.99 and read the entire issue, including the reprint and novel excerpt, on your eReader. EBook editions are available direct from Apex, or through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Weightless Books.

Make sure you never miss an issue by subscribing! 12-month subscriptions are available through Apex and Weightless Books. Amazon offers a monthly subscription option for those of you with Kindles.

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Fiction

“Pocosin” by Ursula Vernon

“Multo” by Samuel Marzioli

“Anarchic Hand” by Andy Dudak

“John Dillinger and the Blind Magician” by Allison M. Dickson

“The Sea half-Held by Night” by E. Catherine Toble (eBook/subscriber exclusive)

“Straggletaggle – Novel Excerpt” by J.M. McDermott (eBook/subscriber exclusive)

 

Poetry

“Doors” by Alina Rios

“The Poe Twist” by Armel Dagorn

“Before My Father Vanished” by Wendy Rathbone

 

Nonfiction

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

“The Other: HP Lovecraft, Alien, and Ghost Stories: Monstrifications of Dunbar’s Number” by DeAnna Knippling

“Apex Author Interview with Ursula Vernon” by Andrea Johnson

“Apex Cover Artist Interview with Emma SanCartier” by Russell Dickerson

“Clavis Aurea: A Review of Short Fiction” by Charlotte Ashley

 

Podcast Fiction

“Pocosin” by Ursula Vernon

The Lost Level -- Chapter 1 (Novel Excerpt)

By Jason Sizemore
on December 31, 2014
MY NAME IS AARON PACE, and I’m writing this by hand in a spiral-bound, college-ruled notebook that I found in a student’s backpack inside of an abandoned school bus. All three—the notebook, the backpack, and the school bus—have seen better days. For that matter, so have I.

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A Follow Up Question for Chris Bucholz

By Lesley Conner
on December 17, 2014
1 comment

Last week we ran an interview with Chris Bucholz, the author of our most recent release, Severance. In the interview we talked about everything from how the novel came about, what Chris would do if it became a mega-hit, and his writing process. You can read the full interview here.

When tackling the question of what he would do if he were a passenger on the Argos, the generation ship that is the setting for Severance, Chris mentioned that he thought the folks in the competitive lovemaking league probably had a lot of fun. Of course they did! It's a competitive lovemaking league! What wouldn't be fun about that! And we went on with the interview.

After posting the interview I got to thinking about the logistics of such thing. Mainly, how would a competitive lovemaking league be scored. Creativity in positions? Duration? Dismount? All day new possibilities roamed through my thoughts until finally I emailed Chris to ask. He was the man with the answers, after all, and I had to know!

So, for all of you who were also wondering how competitive lovemaking would be scored, here's Chris's response:

Heh, that's actually a tough one to answer. In comedy it's often funnier leaving certain things unsaid, offering a set-up without any supporting details, to let each reader's imagination fill in the blanks with whatever comes to their mind. "Competitive lovemaking league" might inspire visions of cheering crowds, prohibited holds, penalty flags, or various other sporting miscellany. They write half the humor for you that way. Any detailed description I could offer would negate the reader's own vision of what was going on - what if they were imagining a really loud shotclock buzzer that I failed to describe - and possibly ruin some of the comedy.

But what the heck, let's do it anyways. In the world of Severance, Competitive Lovemaking is scored by a panel of judges who measure form, artistic interpretation, and distance. Points are deduced for grunting, but also, confusingly, added for grunting. There are bonus rounds where all points double, penalties for too many men on the field, and regular turnovers. And yes, there is a very loud shotclock buzzer.

You can find out more about the occupants of the Argos and the ways in which they pass the time by reading Severance, available now.

Preorder The Lost Level by Brian Keene

By Lesley Conner
on December 15, 2014

Today's the day. Preorders for the long anticipated The Lost Level by Brian Keene are now open, with the title's release date set for January 19th.

The Lost Level is a lost world, adventure novel reminiscent of Burroughs and Howard with a modern twist that could only come from the phenomenal Brian Keene. Preordering the trade paperback ensures that you will have your print copy before anyone else. It also means that you could be reading the eBook as soon as today, because we will send you the eBook for no extra charge right away. Plus, free domestic shipping!

Synopsis:

When modern-day occultist Aaron Pace discovers the secrets of inter-dimensional travel via a mystical pathway called The Labyrinth, he wastes no time in exploring a multitude of strange new worlds and alternate realities. But then, Aaron finds himself trapped in the most bizarre dimension of all — a place where dinosaurs coexist with giant robots, where cowboys fight reptilian lizard people, and where even the grass can kill you. This is a world populated by the missing and the disappeared, a world where myth is reality and where the extinct is reborn. Now, side-by-side with his new companions Kasheena and Bloop, Aaron must learn to navigate its dangers and survive long enough to escape... The Lost Level.

Apex is proud to present the first book in Grand Master Award winner Brian Keene's long-awaited new series, a loving ode to lost world classics like Burroughs's Pellucidar, Howard's Almuric, and Lansdale's The Drive-In, but with a thoroughly modern twist that only Brian Keene could conceive.

Order The Lost Level now!

Glitter & Mayhem - The newest VODO deal!

By Lesley Conner
on December 11, 2014

Our friends at VODO Releases have featured a handful of Apex titles over the last month, offering War Stories, The Apex Book of World SF 3, and Maze at super low prices.

Now it's time for Glitter & Mayhem to get the VODO treatement!

For the next 12 days you can get your fill of sex, drugs, disco, debauchery, and roller derby for only $2.99! Or make an offer and see if it's accepted.

Don't miss out on this amazing deal!

Interview with Chris Bucholz, author of Severance

By Lesley Conner
on December 11, 2014
1 comment

Severance by Christ Bucholz is the newest novel to join the Apex catalog. Set on a generation ship that is nearing the end of it's 240 year journey, it's dark science fiction with a humorous twist.

Since Severance was release Tuesday (Have you bought your copy yet? No? Why not? Go buy it now!), we decided to ask Chris a few questions about it and writing in general.

Apex Publications: When did you decide to write Severance, and what was your inspiration for the novel?

Chris Bucholz: I started writing Severance in 2008 which seems like a long time ago now. Not a geologically long time I guess, the mountains were probably still the same size. But still, definitely a medium-long time in human terms. The idea for the novel had been kicking around in my head for a long time before that. A generation ship has always seemed like a neat setting to base a conflict in. I don't know what originally inspired that - maybe I saw one of those arty utopian renderings of space colonies from the 1970's and started imagining laser guns shooting back and forth.

AP: Laura Stein is an interesting main character; anti-social, snarky, and a bit condescending, though fiercely loyal to her few friends. How did you know she was your main character, rather than say Bruce, and what went into her development?

CB: Laura was always planned to be the main character, and although Bruce is certainly dynamic and fun to spend time with, he was always conceived as a sidekick. The straight man plus comedic sidekick setup is a time honored one which I've worked with a few times before. It's easier to hang outrageous behavior on a supporting character like that - you don't have to write their inner viewpoint describing how they justify doing so many things pantsless.

As far as Laura's character, in earlier drafts of the novel, she was much less anti-social. But notably the other occupants of the Argos weren't quite as dumb as they are now. It was in later drafts that Argosians became dumber (and funnier), which made Laura's intelligence and perception stand out a bit. I decided to keep that difference and portray her with the condescension and aloofness she'd develop as a result of it. This also added a nice parallel between her character and the antagonists in the novel, which is one of those happy coincidences that sometimes happen when you're writing, and make it such fun.

AP: If you were a passenger on the Argos, what would you be doing to pass the time? Would you join a group like the Markers or Breeders, take Brash and charge into battle, find a nice orgy? None of the above?

CB: I'd like to say I'd be the intelligent and aloof one, but man, that'd be missing out on the fun. In terms of groups, I think the low gravity community theater group looked like they had a lot of fun. Also probably the folks in the ship's competitive lovemaking league.

AP: You’re a columnist for Cracked.com. How is the process of writing a novel different from writing an article? Was there anything about the novel writing process that surprised you?

CB: From a high level the process might look similar; an outline and rough first draft followed by multiple revisions. But up close, the process is completely different, like, startling so. A novel has elements that a shorter work never has to worry itself with. Keeping someone's attention over 120,000 words requires a pretty deep understanding of plot, character, theme, structure, and tone, more so than I'd ever had to work with before. The experience really enlightened me and I'm sorry if I got anything wrong. Did I forget to include tone? I forgot to include tone, didn't I? Dammit.

AP: If Severance was to become a runaway smash hit, selling thousands and thousands of copies worldwide, what would be the first thing you would do?

CB: I'll immediately start work on my own kilometers-long generation ship. The rest of the universe must know of my work.

AP: Do you have any plans to write another novel? Is something already in the works? Or are you thinking ‘been there, done that’ and are resigning your novel writing career?

CB: Severance definitely won't be my last novel. Another one is almost complete — in a different setting from Severance, but hopefully just as hilarious and interesting. And I'm in the outlining stages of a third work as well. The world won't be rid of me that easily.

AP: Thank you, Chris!

You can read the first chapter of Severance for free here. Or, if you know already that you want to dive into Laurie Stein's world, competitive lovemaking groups and all, then order your copy today!

 

 

Severance by Chris Bucholz: Out Today!

By Lesley Conner
on December 09, 2014

Today is the day! Severance by Chris Bucholz is here, waiting for all of you to read it.

To make sure everyone hears about his new novel, Chris done some interviews and written a few guest posts. In case you've missed any of them, here's a list of what has been posted so far:

Chris was interviewed by Andrea at The Little Red Reviewer.

He talks about Pantsless Societies in a guest post on Beauty in Ruins.

On Cracked.com, he wrote about 5 Books That Don't Deserve the Hate They Get.

Severance has also gotten a couple of early reviews. Check out what Josh from Just a Guy Who Likes to Read thinks, as well as Nicole from Strange Girl in a Little House.

Still not convinced? Read the first chapter right here on the Apex blog.

After that, pick up a copy of Severance direct from Apex or through your favorite online retailer.

 

The Apex Book of World SF 3 makes NPR's Best Books of the Year List

By Jason Sizemore
on December 03, 2014

Congratulations are in order for The Apex Book of World SF 3 editor Lavie Tidhar and the book's contributors as the anthology has made NPR's Best Books of the Year List.

http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2014/#/book/the-apex-book-of-world-sf-3

You can read "Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods" by Benjanun Sriduangkaew from The Apex Book of World SF 3 here.

If you're inclined, you can buy The Apex Book of World Sf 3 here, and we do hope you're so inclined.

Cover Reveal: The Lost Level by Brian Keene

By Jason Sizemore
on December 03, 2014

Behold the cover jacket for the upcoming Brian Keene novel The Lost Level from Apex Publications!

Cover art by Kirsi Salonen.
Jacket design by Geoffrey Blasiman.

BOOK INFORMATION
Release Date: January 19th, 2015
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-937009-10-6
Pages: 186
Preorders opening December 15th, 2015.
Formats: Trade Paperback and eBook

Attention Reviewers! If you're interested in a review copy, please contact our publicity director Lesley Conner at lesley@apexbookcompany.com.

SYNOPSIS
When modern-day occultist Aaron Pace discovers the secrets of inter-dimensional travel via a mystical pathway called The Labyrinth, he wastes no time in exploring a multitude of strange new worlds and alternate realities. But then, Aaron finds himself trapped in the most bizarre dimension of all — a place where dinosaurs coexist with giant robots, where cowboys fight reptilian lizard people, and where even the grass can kill you. This is a world populated by the missing and the disappeared, a world where myth is reality and where the extinct is reborn. Now, side-by-side with his new companions Kasheena and Bloop, Aaron must learn to navigate its dangers and survive long enough to escape... THE LOST LEVEL.

Apex is proud to present the first book in Grand Master Award winner Brian Keene's long-awaited new series, a loving ode to lost world classics like Burroughs's PELLUCIDAR, Howard's ALMURIC, and Lansdale's THE DRIVE-IN, but with a thoroughly modern twist that only Brian Keene could conceive.  

About the Author
BRIAN KEENE is the Bram Stoker and Grand Master award-winning, bestselling author of over forty books, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Take the Long Way Home, Urban Gothic, Castaways, Kill Whitey, Dark Hollow, Dead Sea, and The Rising trilogy. He’s also written comic books such as The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol, and Dead of Night: Devil Slayer. His work has been translated into many foreign languages. Several of his novels and stories have been developed for film, including Ghoul and The Ties That Bind. In addition to writing, Keene also oversees Maelstrom, his own small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions via Thunderstorm Books. Keene’s work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher’s Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. Keene lives in Pennsylvania. You can communicate with him online at www.briankeene.com or on Twitter at @BrianKeene.

 

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