Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief

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January 1, 2013

wo-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 60 SF/F authors.She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Geek Girl Chronicles book series: the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis, all published by Mad Norwegian Press. She also moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like.Lynne lives in DeKalb with her husband Michael (a writer and the Managing Editor of Apex Magazine), their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie.

Welcome to issue 44. We have some great works for your enjoyment this month!

In our new fiction, Eugie Foster brings us “Trixie and the Pandas of Dread,” a darkly humorous take on gods among us. Lettie Prell’s contribution “The Performance Artist,” sketches the gruesome price of the artistic life for one artist. This month’s classic revisited is Tansy Rayner Roberts’s “The Patrician,” a tale of monster-hunting, family, and history, first published in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press 2011), and republished in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011.

In nonfiction, Sarah Kuhn discusses the paucity of the “fake geek girl” debate, and Maggie Slater interviews Eugie Foster about her work and the importance of chocolate covered potato chips to the writerly process.

Thank you, as always, if you’ve chosen to begin the year with a subscription or renewal to Apex Magazine. You make great fiction possible, month after month. If you’re enjoying what we do and have a Kindle subscription, please consider sharing the love by leaving a review on our Amazon subscriber page.

Also, Hugo Award nominations opened on January 1st. Apex Magazine is eligible in the Best Semiprozine category. Each of our 2012 original stories (all of which are available free online) are eligible in the Best Short Story category.

We have reopened to submissions as of January 1st. I very much look forward to reading the tales that the next group of Apex Magazine writers are working on. I hope that you will enjoy them, too.

Lynne M. Thomas


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