Undead Release Now the 24th of July

By Hannah Krieger
on July 17, 2018

Undead Release Now the 24th of July

Hello everyone. The print edition of Undead: A Poetry Anthology of Ghouls, Ghosts, and More is being pushed back from the prior release date of the 17th to the 24th. We need a bit more time to make some tweaks to the print edition. Thank you for hanging in there. We'll get you the book soon. 

Preorder information for Undead can be found here. 

 

Kentucky Kajiu: "The Chelonian Cycle" by Shawn Pryor

By Sarah Waites
on July 13, 2018

Kentucky Kajiu: "The Chelonian Cycle" by Shawn Pryor

Bureau of Kaiju Cataclysm Report

Update: February 2, 2016

City/State: Covington, KY

Location: Madison Music Venue

Most residents of Covington, KY are finally returning to normal everyday life after the menacing Kaiju known as Smokestack escaped from its private, enclosed sanctuary at Lake Malone State Park, causing terror all over the state. After heroic Kaiju such as Bushi Bear, Catdronius, and CAW! failed in their attempts to stop Smokestack, as a desperate act, the Bureau decided to use the services of Chelonian Maximus in an attempt to defeat it.

On January 22, 2014, in the town of Highland Heights, KY, Chelonian Maximus was able to subdue Smokestack by using a mega-blast of its time pausing waves to freeze the evil monster in place. The monster was then secured in a containment facility. However, the time pausing waves that Chelonian used to restrain Smokestack spread over a 10-mile radius, freezing complete towns in place. Everything in the town, people, animals, vehicles, was frozen in time. After a week, the time pause ended and everything was back to status quo except for a small concert hall in Covington, KY that was within the 10-mile radius of Chelonian’s blast. Everyone inside the Madison Music Venue is still frozen in time, and we are unsure as to when they will be released from the pause. One of the risks of using Chelonian Maximus as a weapon is that the waves and their effects have no consistency.

Over the last two years, our Cataclysm Deployment & Research team have been able to identify every person in the concert hall, and we have notified their immediate families. For safety/health purposes, we have requested that respective family members of those frozen in the venue not visit. We have installed cameras in the venue and given immediate family members video access so they can check in on their loved ones.

The performer in the venue when the time pause occurred, multi-platinum singer Christina Whitney, who was kicking off her small comeback tour at the Madison Music Venue after a five-year hiatus from the spotlight, is still on the stage, holding her microphone, mouth agape, possibly hitting a power note as the crowd looks on with smiles and tears of joy frozen in place. Smartphone camera flashes have stopped in time; fans’ screaming mouths are wide open but soundless; people are frozen in mid-air, jumping for joy, clapping stopped in mid-motion. No one inside of the concert hall has aged during this two-year time pause. No dust or bacteria have formed.

EscapeScope Records has tried to extract Christina Whitney on multiple occasions via legal means to use her as a display exhibit in Las Vegas, but their appeals have been repeatedly denied because their motives have been seen as inhumane.

We have attempted to use hybrid chemical agents from Chelonian’s DNA as an antidote to release the time pause, but our multiple attempts over the last year have failed and there is concern that these chemical fixes are possibly extending the pause.

We’re putting a hold on using chemical attempts and will keep the area secure in the hopes that one day the pause will unlock and set everyone in the Madison Music Venue free.

End of Report

Bureau of Kaiju Cataclysm

Team 43

Project Supervisor, Davis Cabriolet

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The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 Playlist: 18 songs to prepare you for preorders

By Suyi Davies
on July 11, 2018

The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 Playlist: 18 songs to prepare you for preorders

I enjoy reading with musical accompaniment. I do this more with books, but a list of short fiction provides even more excitement, because I get to pick a song per story. What happens is that I end up enjoying each work as an experience of words and waves, of sound and story. So when I learnt the Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 was forthcoming (and currently open to preorders at an AUTOMATIC 25% OFF print and ebook if you click this link now), I took a peek into the TOC Jason spoke to Cristina (this volume's co-editor) about creating a playlist in anticipation.

Today, I'm sharing Cristina's playlist with you all. It means that when you get your copy of ABWSF5, not only do you get to dive head-first into this fresh, diverse collection, you get to experience it as a kaleidoscope of sound and story.

25% off on preorders with "WSF5" and story soundtracks? Hell yeah!

EVEN MORE FREEBIES: You can also get the chance to read the complete collection as a FREE ebook in exchange for an honest review by joining the Apex Minions Read & Review program.

The Apex Book of World SF Vol. 5 Playlist by Cris Jurado

(Also available as a YouTube playlist).

  1. "Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy" by The  for “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Singapore) The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy
  2. "Ava Adore" by The Smashing Pumpkins for “Accursed Lineage” by Daína Chaviano (Cuba, translated by Matthew D. Goodwin) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uWwvQKGjLI
  3. "Ain't got no, I got life" by Nina Simone for “Nkásht íí” by Darcie Little Badger (Lipan/Apache, First Nations) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5jI9I03q8E
  4. "Je pars mais je t'aime" by Mennel for “Ghostalker” by T.L. Huchu (Zimbabwe) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLmW80oBJCE
  5. "All is full of love" by Bjork for “Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” by Taiyo Fujii (Japan, translated by Jim Hubbert) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjI2J2SQ528
  6. "Dirty computer" by Janelle Monáe for  “Ambiguity Machines: An Examination” by Vandana Singh (India) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFK6k-pvXmI
  7. "Skandar Maalouf" by Mashrou' Leila for “Scenes from the life of an autocrat” by Basma Abdel Aziz (Egypt, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlThORsUDrw
  8. Ghost by Plastic Tree for “Our Dead World” by Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia, translated by Jessica Sequeira)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDGleGmwVwY  
  9. "Voodoo in my blood" by Massive Attack for for “An Evolutionary Myth” by Bo-Young Kim (Korea, translated by Jihyun Park & Gord Sellar) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElvLZMsYXlo
  10. "Palabra mi amor" by Shaka Ponk for “You will see the moon rise” by Israel Alonso (Spain, translated by Steve Redwood) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrLWo2QOsH4
  11. "Don't be so shy" by Imany for “The Barrette Girls” by Sara Saab (Lebanon) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1_B-IKEufg
  12. "Gimme the power" by Molotov for “The Calculations of Artificials” by Chi Hui (China, translated by John Chu) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_r8O1JhzWA
  13. "Kif'n'dir" by Zaho for “El Cóndor del Machángara” by Ana Hurtado (Venezuela) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p30aN1DX_vA
  14. "Bliss" by Muse for “Alone, on the Wind” by Karla Schmidt (Germany, translated by Lara M. Harmon) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMqsWc8muj8
  15. "Come" by Jain for “The Seventh” by Eliza Victoria (Philippines) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDXOzr0GoA4
  16. "This is America" by Childish Gambino for “Screamers” by Tochi Onyebuchi (Nigeria) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY
  17. "River" by Ibeyi for “The Bois” by R.S.A. Garcia (Trinidad & Tobago) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHRAPIwsS5I&list=RDEMRz9FNcSPt4S8UkUsKLJUVA&start_radio=1
  18. "Game of Survival" by Ruelle for “Ugo” by Giovanni De Feo (Italy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T5eYF9WiRI

    Preorder the Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 now. 25% off print and eBook. Discount code is "WSF5" at checkout.

    Apex Book Company acquires science fiction crime novel COIL by Ren Warom

    By Jason Sizemore
    on July 03, 2018

    Apex Book Company acquires science fiction crime novel COIL by Ren Warom

    Apex is pleased to announce the acquisition of Ren Warom's dark crime science fiction novel COIL. It's a thrilling futuristic crime story unlike anything we've read.

    Perfect for Apex.

    COIL is slated to be released in mid to late 2019. We can't wait to share it with you!

    You can find more about Ren Warom and her other works at her website.

    Thank You from Apex for helping Brian Keene

    By Jason Sizemore
    on July 02, 2018

    In early June, we ran a promotion to help Brian Keene after his burn injuries. All proceeds of sales of The Lost Level and Return to the Lost Level would go toward his medical care.

    Thanks to the kindness of our readers, we are able to mail a nice check of $100 to Brian today. Brian, like most freelance writers in the United States, cannot afford healthcare. So every dollar we can send him is a big help.

    You can still help Brian by buying his books. He's a prolific guy and has dozens of fantastic works across a wide range of genres.

    Here's a good place to start: Amazon.

    Brian also has a Patreon you can support here.

    And, Brian, if you're reading this...I *might* be able to give you a few extra weeks to finish that next book for Apex. ;)

    --Jason

    Announcing: Nexhuman Preorders Now Open!

    By Suyi Davies
    on June 13, 2018

    Announcing: Nexhuman Preorders Now Open!

    Apex is thrilled to announce that preorders for Nexhuman by Francesco Verso are now open! Described as "Frankenstein meets classic cyberpunk", the award-winning author of Italian science fiction brings us a dystopian novel fit for lovers of posthumanism, cybernetics and ecology.

    Preorder Nexhuman now and use the checkout discount code "ALBA" to receive 20% off your preorder (trade and digital). Hot Tip: Preorder either edition directly through Apex and receive the digital advance reader's copy for free in your inbox within moments!

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    Raising Funds for Brian Keene

    By Jason Sizemore
    on June 12, 2018
    2 comments

    On June 5th, 2018, Brian Keene was badly burned in a brush fire accident.

    As a freelance writer, Brian does not have health insurance. His medical costs are estimated to be north of $300,000. He has months of recovery ahead of him and during this time, he will be unable to write or do other work.

    Brian is a longtime advocate for writers. He's an Iraq War veteran. And Brian is a philanthropist who works many, many hours with the Scares That Care charity to raise money annually for breast cancer patients, burn victims, and childhood illness.

    Apex wants to extend a little help to a guy who has spent so much of his life in service of others.

    Brian's friends have setup a GoFundMe page here. If you can spare a few dollars, please do so.

    And through the end of June,all proceeds of all Apex direct (meaning books sold through our website) eBook sales of Brian's two solo novel with Apex Book Company, The Lost Level and Return to the Lost Level, will go directly to Brian.

    The Lost Level ($4.99): https://www.apexbookcompany.com/products/the-lost-level?variant=1037192101

    Return to the Lost Level ($4.99): https://www.apexbookcompany.com/collections/all-books/products/return-to-the-lost-level?variant=3293482975258

    We don't expect to raise the $300,000 ourselves. But every dollar matters for Brian and his family.

    Close Your Eyes: Now Available for Purchase

    By Suyi Davies
    on June 12, 2018

    Close Your Eyes: Now Available for Purchase

    Close Your Eyes, a weird, surrealistic, far-future space opera by critically-acclaimed author Paul Jessup, releases today! Get it now in print and digital at the  Apex Store, or on AmazonKobo and Nook

    Read more »

    The APEX BUNDLE OF PRIDE: 40% off our LGBTQ+ books this Pride Month

    By Suyi Davies
    on June 06, 2018
    1 comment

    The APEX BUNDLE OF PRIDE: 40% off our LGBTQ+ books this Pride Month

    Celebrate Pride Month with Apex and grab the APEX BUNDLE OF PRIDE at 40% off for 5 books. Use the discount code PRIDE at checkout.

    Read more »

    Apex Publications seeks part-time marketing specialist

    By Jason Sizemore
    on May 15, 2018

    THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST

    We are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic part-time Marketing Specialist to help us in our overall online marketing efforts. You will be an integral part of the Apex Publications development and production team by helping our brand and titles reach readers interested in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

    Marketing a small press is a unique challenge. It’s a marketing sector with specialized needs, principles, and tactics. What works for a Big Five publisher might not work for a small press. Apex loves the relationship it has with its readers, and we want a marketer who understands this relationship. Combined, these considerations will make the position more interesting and provide different challenges than your typical marketing job.

    The goal is to deliver effective marketing programs that will enhance the scope of our brand and promote sales growth.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Brainstorm and develop ideas for creative marketing campaigns
    • Assist with the execution of promotional events and campaigns (such as book release parties, coffeeklatches, etc.)
    • Plan and execute initiatives to reach our target audience through online channels.
    • Assist in analyzing marketing data (newsletter campaign results, conversion rates, site traffic) to help shape future marketing.
    • Undertake individual tasks of a marketing plan as assigned.
    • Insure our new titles are placed in the hands of the right reviewers.

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Demonstrate an understanding of genre small press marketing elements (particularly social media and newsletters).
    • Technology competency, including MS Office, Google Docs, Adobe Creative Suite, Web analytics, and Google analytics.
    • Business communication and copy writing skills.

    This is a freelance opportunity. We will pay $10 per hour (non-W2) for 20 hours of work a month.

    Note: Work will include both Apex Book Company and Apex-Magazine.com.

    Are you interested? If so, send a CV and query letter to Jason Sizemore (editor-in-chief of Apex Publications) to the address jason@apexbookcompany.com.

    This is an open call until the position is filled. When the position is filled, we will make an announcement on this blog.

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