Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief3 min read
Welcome to Issue 55 of Apex Magazine.
We’re closing out the year with a great selection of stories. In this issue, we open with “What You’ve Been Missing,” a rumination on hippocamps by Maria Dahvana Headley. Kat Howard brings us “Haruspicy and Other Amatory Divinations,” a new way of searching for love. Ken Liu’s flash piece “Before and After” explores suburban fantasy via stream–of–consciousness. Sandra McDonald’s “Our Daughters” interrogates an alternate universe. Our classic this month is from the inimitable Rachel Swirsky. “All that Fairy Tale Crap” was the closing story in Glitter & Mayhem. I guarantee that you will never look at Cinderella the same way again.
Our nonfiction includes Daniel José Older’s “Another World Waits: Towards an Anti–Oppressive SFF,” a clarion call for embracing all kinds of stories and writers, and an interview with Maria Dahvana Headley by Maggie Slater.
Our gorgeous cover is by artist Katy Shuttleworth, specially commissioned for this issue. (You may recognize her style from the covers of my co–edited books Chicks Dig Time Lords, Whedonistas, and Chicks Dig Comics books.)
This is a bittersweet editorial for me, as this is my last issue as Editor–in–Chief of Apex Magazine. I have been so very pleased with the high quality of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art that we’ve showcased over the past 26 issues from a diverse group of voices within the genre. Thank you to all of our writers, from award–winning veterans to writers making a first sale, for submitting to Apex Magazine and for giving me the opportunity to share your work. It has truly been a privilege to work with all of you. I’m also grateful to the Hugo Award voters, who have nominated us for the Best Semiprozine Hugo award two years running. Your recognition of our work means a great deal to us. I am most grateful for all of our amazing readers. You have proven that there is a global audience for diverse, experimental SF/F.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to Apex Magazine’s production over the past couple of years, from Catherynne M. Valente for thinking of me as her successor, to Jason Sizemore, our publisher, who has been so supportive of the magazine, to each and every one of our submissions editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, layout and ebook formatters, and our publicity folks. A magazine is a labor of love, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your time, effort, and love of the genre with me, and with our readers.
Finally, I need to thank my co–conspirator, husband, and partner in crime, Michael Damian Thomas, who is also stepping down as Apex Magazine’s Managing Editor. My love, your contribution to this magazine has been above and beyond the call of duty. I could not have done this without your support, logistics, and good taste. I deeply appreciate the team that we have become as we have continued to work together, and I look forward to our next adventure together.
While we’re taking a much needed break for several months (which will include major surgery for our daughter), plans are already in the works for future projects together and separately, so rest assured that this is not the end of my (or Michael’s) editorial careers. I hope that you will keep an eye out, and support us in future endeavors. We very much look forward to seeing you again.
In the meantime, it is a distinct pleasure to hand the reigns of Apex Magazine over to Sigrid Ellis beginning with the January issue. Sigrid is a good friend and past collaborator on other projects. I very much look forward to seeing what she and her team will do next with Apex Magazine.
Lynne M. Thomas