Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief1 min read
Welcome to issue 47 of Apex Magazine.
We have some marvelous works for you this month. Sofia Samatar’s “Dawn and the Maiden” entwines love, loss, and belief. Ken Liu’s “Build-A-Dolly” explores the moment when we stop taking care of our playthings. Michael Griffin’s “The Lure of Devouring Light” shows us the sinister side of powerful music. Finally, the inimitable Sonya Taafe also shares a gorgeous mythological poem, “The Moon to Sappho,” with us.
Our classic revisited this month comes from Daniel Abraham, originally writing as MLH Hanover. It’s a dark tale of homeownership called “Hurt Me.”
In nonfiction, Maggie Slater interviews Daniel about the writing of this story, pseudonyms, and his writing process, while Amal El-Mohtar provides a scathing refutation of the notion that SF/F poetry cannot be sublime.
Our cover art comes once again from the remarkable Naoto Hattori.
As most of you know, Apex Magazine was once again nominated for the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. We are deeply honored, especially given our stellar fellow nominees. This is especially gratifying since this nomination is for my first full year as Editor-in-Chief, and Michael Damian Thomas’s first year as Managing Editor. Thank you to everybody who nominated us. This magazine wouldn’t be possible without our amazing team of submissions editors, designers, and copy editors, and I extend my thanks to them as well, along with our phenomenal publisher and fellow editor, Jason Sizemore, for his support and trust.
You can find more details about the Hugo Awards at the LoneStarCon website: https://www.lonestarcon3.org/hugo-awards/.
As always, subscriptions for Apex Magazine are available via Weightless Books, Amazon, and the Apex Publications website. Subscriptions are how we pay the writers, artists, and poets that bring us great content month after month. If you are already a subscriber, thank you so much for your continuing support.
I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.
Lynne M. Thomas