Welcome to issue 75!
It is August—the dog days of summer. This is when we sit in the shade on our back porch and fan ourselves, ignoring the flies and sweat bees looking to make dinner out of you. The world moves in heat-induced lumber, and we only have the energy to gossip and philosophize.
The quartet of original fiction Apex brings to you, dear reader, will help give you mental grist for your intellectual posturing. There’s an overarching theme that loosely ties the stories together: our need to find and be the person we see ourselves as being. In Mehitobel Wilson’s “Brisé”, the protagonist toys with the notion of “many worlds” and what happens when we glimpse at the possibilities that exist in them. “Coming Undone” by Alexis A. Hunter is a sharp flash fiction piece about a person born with a congenital defect and the lengths he/she will go to in order to feel whole. Sunny Moraine returns to our pages with “It is Healing, It is Never Whole”, a dreamlike exploration into suicide and seeking for what makes you happy. Rounding out our original fiction is the always amazing Damien Angelica Walter with “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant’s Tale.”
Poetry editor Bianca Spriggs has one again loaded up the poetry offerings with some great works by A. Merc Rustad, Levi Sable, Jennifer Ruth Jackson, and Mary Soon Lee. Reprints editor Charlotte Ashley gives us “New Feet Within My Garden Go” by one of my favorite writers, E. Catherine Tobler. Our nonfiction is “The Fuzzy Bunny Squad is Standy By….” from Gary A. Braunbeck.
Also on tap are Clavis Aurea (a review of this year’s Hugo Novelette nominees), interviews with our cover artist Billy Norrby and author Mehitobel Wilson, and excerpts from King of the Bastards by Brian Keene and Steven Shrewsbury and If Then by Matthew De Abaitua.
Congratulations to Ursula Vernon! Her story “Jackalope Wives” has picked up a World Fantasy Award nomination for best short story! Ursula has had quite the year.
Fiction writers don’t forget that we reopen to submissions on September 1st. We can’t wait to read your best work!
Poets please note due to an excess of inventory, we will be closed to poetry submissions for the foreseeable future.
Enjoy issue 75!