Welcome to issue 82!

In March, 2005, Apex published the first issue of Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest—a precursor to the digital zine you’re reading now. Since that first issue, mostly I’ve had a blast. I keep waiting for the publishing fire to die out, but it keeps burning brightly. Being able to bring you great content such as what you’ll find in this month’s issue fuels my enthusiasm and helps push me through the stress of a busy publication schedule.

Our three original works this month are all over the place thematically. In Lavie Tidhar’s novelette “Agent of V.A.L.I.S.”, the protagonist is a forgotten science fiction writer who gets involved in an adventure containing Philip K. Dick, Jesus Christ, and an all-powerful sentient AI. Jason Sanford’s story “Death Flowers of Never Forgotten Love” posits what if we had the technology to alter our memories of the recently deceased. “Screaming Without a Mouth” by Travis Heerman mines the unsettling fog of J-horror with modern technology in a memorable and depressing manner—a story that our readers will recognize as belonging in no other publication than Apex Magazine.

We welcome Elizabeth Bear back to our pages with “Dolly.” Her reprint about emerging sentience and a murder is a recent classic of the genre.

Russell Dickerson interviews cover artist Vincent Sammy about how to create horror within art without resorting to over-the-top gore. Andrea Johnson questions author Travis Heerman about the use of an epistolary format and productivity. Rounding out the issue are five great poems from five great poets: Rodney Gomez, Caleb J. Oakes, Matthew Chamberlin, Annie Neugebauer, and David Barber.

Our podcast this month is “Death Flowers of Never Forgotten Love” by Jason Sanford.

Check back next month when we have fiction by Andrew Neil Grey, Brandon H. Bell, and the amazing Catherynne M. Valente.

Jason Sizemore