Welcome to issue 48 of Apex Magazine.
Emily Jiang’s “The Binding of Ming–tian” sketches the tension of between art and family expectations. E. Lily Yu’s “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly” takes us on a journey of perception, love, and struggle. Shira Lipkin’s epic poem “The Busker, Broke and Busted,” is, in her words, a “Gilbert–and–Sullivanesque patter song for an obsolete robot.”
Our classic revisited this month is a post–nuclear apocalyptic tale from Joe R. Lansdale, “Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back,” originally published in Nukes (Maclay & Associates, 1986). We also have a bonus story about memory and loss by Douglas F. Warrick, “Come to My Arms, My Beamish Boy,” from his forthcoming Apex Publications short fiction collection Plow the Bones.
In nonfiction this month, Maggie Slater interviews Joe R. Lansdale, covering “his lengthy career, killer plants, Batman, and his proclivity for novellas.” Sigrid Ellis provides a new twist on the sometimes problematic trope of the kick–ass strong woman in film in her essay “Kicking Ass, Taking Names, Bubblegum Optional.”
Our stunning cover, “The Ecstasy of Madam Dolorosa,” is the work of Carrie Ann Baade.
Thank you again to all of our subscribers and supporters. You make our magazine possible.
It’s convention season, too! If you will be attending WisCon this year, please do say hello.
I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.
Lynne M. Thomas