Words from the Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2015

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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.

Welcome to issue 78 of Apex Magazine!

This month we offer three outstanding works of science fiction to our readers. “Blood on Beacon Hill” by Russell Nichols is that rarest of things—a vampire story in our publication. We bought this several months before the announcement of the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel. That the story uses Harper Lee’s iconic novel as a structural element is purely coincidence. Also completely by coincidence is the use of the word ‘beacon’ in Day Al-Mohamed’s “The Beacon and the Coward.” Finally, we have a story by one of the genre’s rising stars, Sam J. Miller. “To Die Dancing” has a tightly bound emotional core that I think you’ll enjoy.

Gemma Files is one of the best when it comes to writing unsettling fiction. To back my assertion, we’ve included her “Signal to Noise” as this month’s reprint feature.

Rounding out the issue are interviews with author Russell Nichols and artist James Lincke, a thought-provoking essay by Ed Grabianowski titled “Cthulhu Apocalypse and the Terrifying Tradition of Horror Role-Playing Games”, and poetry by Brittany Warman, Chloe Clark, Michael Sikkema, and Hester J. Rook. We have three excerpts. The first is How to Pass as Human: A Guide to Assimilation for Future Androids by Android Ø by Nic Kelman. The second is The Flux by Ferret Steinmetz. And, finally, The Weight of Chains by our esteemed managing editor Lesley Conner.


Congratulations are in order for Ursula Vernon. Since our last issue, her story “Jackalope Wives” has won the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The story also picked up a World Fantasy Award nomination. The story has had an incredible run, failing only to make the Hugo ballot (due to the puppy slates).

Apex Magazine has a new story by Ursula set to go in our January, 2016 issue titled “Razorback.”


Speaking of “Jackalope Wives”…would you like to read another story about Grandmother Harken and the world she inhabits? Ursula Vernon has written a fantastic 14,000 word novelette titled “The Tomato Thief” that Apex Magazine will also publish in the January, 2016 issue if we meet our goal of making $5000 in subscriptions, Patreon support, and financial contributions in our subscription drive. The drive starts on November 2nd and runs through November 13th. Get more information about the subscription drive here.

Help make sure we can continue to provide amazing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!

Jason Sizemore

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