Welcome to issue 79!
This month we bring you original fiction from old and new. We welcome Troy Tang to our pages with the evocative “Aishiteru Means I Love You.” The story, his first professional sale, explores the feedback loop of self-loathing and shame of a teen who is bullied online. Nick Mamatas makes a return to speculative fiction with “The Phylactery.” Jes Rausch’s “Memory Tree” uses an unconventional structure to examine life after death. Finally, Sam Fleming’s story “She Gave Her Heart, He Took Her Marrow” is a vivid character piece that, at 6,500 words, ends all too quickly.
We offer two poems this month: “Grotesque” by J.J. Hunter and “Myrrh, and the Sun” by Lara Ek.
Jennie Goloboy provides insight into historical fiction with “Shiny Boots and Corinthians: Writing Historical Fiction without Clichés.” Andrea Johnson interviews Sam Fleming and Russell Dickerson interviews our cover artist Irek Konior.
Our reprint this month is a doozy: “Nemesis” by the great Laird Barron.
In early November, we held our first subscription drive in two years. I consider it a rousing success! We unlocked some seriously fantastic bonus content for Apex Magazine Issue 80!
Thank you so much to our readership for your continued support. Also, a tip of the hat goes to the writers, artists, and editors who make Apex Magazine great. I love all of you.
Yes, even you.
Finally, I want to offer hearty congratulations to the three winners of our Christmas Invasion flash fiction contest: Melanie Rees, Gina L. Grandi, and Marlee Jane Ward. One story is heartbreaking, one story is horrifying, and the other straight up clever. I’ll let our readers decide which one is which.
Until next month!