Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief1 min read

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Welcome to Issue 39 of Apex Magazine.

Since last we met, Hugo Award voting has closed, and our fate has been decided. We await the decision of the Hugo voting community with great anticipation, and remain honored to be among such a distinguished group of fellow nominees. Publisher Jason Sizemore, former Editor Catherynne M. Valente, Managing Editor Damian Taylor, and I will all be at WorldCon. Do please say hello if you like.

In the meantime, we’ve kept out of trouble by bringing you some excellent new fiction and nonfiction.

Marie Brennan examines the Beauty and the Beast tale from a different angle in “Waiting for Beauty.” Kat Howard takes us behind and through our dream masks in “Murdered Sleep,” and Genevieve Valentine brings us a story of a grad student with an unusual but worthy research project in “Armless Maidens of the American West.” Our classic revisited is “Undercity,” a tale of the life and death of a city by Nir Yaniv previously offered as an early-subscriber bonus story in The Apex Book of World SF 2 edited by Lavie Tidhar.

This issue also features an interview with Genevieve Valentine by Maggie Slater and an essay about the portrayals of little people in SF/F by Jim C. Hines. Our cover art is by artist Ekaterina Zagustina.

As always, all this lovely work is also delivered monthly in a tidy package to our subscribers in their preferred e-reader format. Thanks to all of our subscribers!

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I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.

Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas was the Apex Magazine editor-in-chief for 24 issues (30-53).
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