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Welcome to issue 85!

It’s a new month and we’re pleased to bring you a new issue with new fiction. In “Folk Hero,” Mary Pletsch writes an entertaining and heartbreaking tale examining how hate, fear, and distrust manifests in society through generation after generation. Douglas F. Warrick’s “Cuckoo Girls” follows two women fighting for their lives while (literally) being chased by their demons. Both “Folk Hero” and “Cuckoo Girls” are layered with meaning and showcase two authors at the top of their games.

Our classic reprint is a novelette by Aliette de Bodard. “Memorials” is a crime story about family and difficult choices. Rounding out our fiction is an excerpt from E. Catherine Tobler’s short novel The Kraken Sea (Apex Publications, June 2016).

Poetry this month is provided by Cullen Groves, Tina Jens, and Tina Parker. Andrea Johnson interviews author Mary Pletsch. Russell Dickerson interviews cover artist Joe Badon.

I’ve discovered the world of podcasts! Yes, I’m a decade late to the party. Outside of Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and the Apex Magazine podcast, until recently I had ignored this branch of media. However, on a long drive to a convention this winter, I listened to Serial and became a radio-on-demand addict.

Lately the list of podcasts I subscribe to grows every week, including Welcome to Nightvale, Alice Isn’t Dead, Astonishing Legends, Limetown, and Lore. But my favorites, by far, are the dark docudramas TANIS and The Black Tapes. Both delve into the weird and incorporate a fair amount of dark science fiction into their plots (TANIS springboards from Scientology and golden age SF in its first episode) and as I have been listening, I couldn’t help but think that Apex Magazine’s readers would be as interested as I am. I reached out to the producers of TANIS and TBT and they agreed to a feature and interview. I hope you enjoy the piece by Betsy Phillips, and that you will check out both podcasts.

Until next month!

Jason Sizemore

Jason Sizemore

Jason Sizemore

Jason Sizemore is the owner and editor-in-chief of Apex Magazine and the Apex Book Company. You can follow him online via his Twitter feed @apexjason.
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