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

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February 7, 2012

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.

This issue will get under your skin. I didn’t set out to produce a themed issue, but with two stories featuring tattoos as a central motif, the urge to pair them together was overwhelming, and I succumbed.

This month, David J. Schwartz’s “Bear in Contradicting Landscape” and A.C. Wise’s “My Body, Her Canvas” both use tattoos, but to completely different ends. Our reprint this month is from the inimitable Maureen McHugh. “Useless Things” meditates upon creation, humanity, and parenthood in a post-apocalyptic setting. Carrie L. Vaughn graces us with her lovely poem “Caverns of Science.”

This month’s nonfiction brings an interview with Maureen McHugh (After the Apocalypse), who discusses why names are hard, working on spec, and writing advice. Alex Bledsoe explains why all those secret societies of vampires and werewolves wouldn’t work very well, in his essay “No Mortals Allowed.”

Our gorgeous cover art this month is by Donato Giancola.

It’s also awards nomination season: nominations are now open for the Hugos, the Nebulas, and the Stokers. For your convenience, our website has a list of Hugo and Nebula eligible works ( and Stoker Award eligible stories (, including links to read them all free of charge.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex.

Lynne M. Thomas
Editor-in-Chief, Apex Magazine

© Lynne M. Thomas


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