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- Apex Magazine - February 2011 (Issue 21)
on Feb. 27, 2011
Apex has put out another fine issue. Sometimes the short stories are a bit quirky and unbelievable, but that's a good thing. Who wants to read nothing but watered-down pulp prepared for the masses? Apex is a thinking person's magazine.When I read their stories, I say, "What the . . . .!" I have yet to be disappointed. They once had their works on here for a choose your own price sort of thing. I'm glad they no longer do that. The magazine is well worth the price they are asking. Buy, read, enjoy.
- Safe With Me, The Beginning
on March 03, 2011
For a woman to write about making love from the perspective of a man is quite a task, but it is one you handled extremely well. Your scenes were real; they came alive; they brought expectations that were realized fully. You did a wonderful job. I loved this story. I will spread the word!
on March 13, 2011
Absurdity is what makes this story what it is: how the hell is it going to end? Isn't that what a story is supposed to do? This one does exactly that. Excellent writing! I will read more of your twisted stories, John.
on March 14, 2011
This is great! So many questions left unsolved. But why must everything be solved? We'll know, at any rate, when we see THEM!
- The Late Hero
on March 18, 2011
Great story, Mikel! I didn't see the ending coming until I was almost through reading it. Usually, I'm pretty sharp with that kind of thing. You got me! I'm glad. I'll spread the word about your talents as a story teller.
- Monkey Love
on March 23, 2011
This is one great story!I never for the slightest second saw the ending coming. John led me along the entire time. I hate to say too much more because I don't want to give any of the story away.
Read this! It's great!
- The Thing in the Closet
on Sep. 05, 2011
Carole Gill has outdone herself with this story! "The Thing In The Closet" is a great read!
I hate to give too much away, but this great tale addresses one of the biggest mysteries in my life. Often, I have pondered this evil-the worst kind of evil. Want to find out what I'm talking about? Read this great story!
This is unlike Carole's other stories of Vampires and other demons of the night.
This horror surpasses that!
- The Freebie
on Dec. 18, 2011
Such a great story! K. Rowe has such a wide array of genres that she spins tales in. She is a master at erotica; she certainly is able to express the sexual experience from the viewpoint of a man. Not an easy task when you're a woman. She pulls it off with flourish!
I have read other stories by this talented author and suggest to anyone appreciating this genre that they read them also. And then, read her tales in other genres as well to get a taste of her diverse talents.
K. Rowe will be around for along time so you better start reading her stories now!
- Space Crazy
on Jan. 01, 2012
K. Rowe is my FAVORITE writer of sci-fi! Wham! The lady knows how to spin an in and out of this world tale that is funny, sexy, intriguing, and filled with suspense and battle scenes. Dar Melton, the hero in this tale, is a young man who has been picked on because of the fact he is different: half earthling and half Satiren. Even in the outer reaches of the universe, bullies exist, and they pick on people just because they're not the same as them.
But Dar's mother hopes to change all of that and give her son a chance in an unfair world. At the young age of 17, he joins up with the crew of a space freighter and becomes a man; and a proud warrior.
That's all I can say without ruining the story for you, but if you love a great action-packed sci-fi tale, grab this story and the ones to come in the series.
Oh, yeah! It doesn't get ant better than this!
- The Blackheart Poetess: A Poetry Collection of Love, Loss and Lies
on April 14, 2012
April Denton has done a great job with this collection of poems. While most of them are obviously slanted towards the dark side, there are some more reflective pieces to satisfy the purist.
April writes from the soul, which is the way any writer, poet or a spinner of prose should do. Her words do not wring hollow: they are filled with sincerity and depth.
My favorite poems in this wonderful collection are Dark Angel, Invisible I Am, and The Wolf. The collection is broken into sections, so I should add I enjoyed all her offerings in The Sex And Sexuality Section.
April Denton is a poet to watch and a joy to read!
- One Buck Horror: Volume Four
on April 17, 2012
I was thinking that I might be disappointed in this rather short anthology. I figured, "What the heck!" Give it a try. Well, I'm glad I did! Yes the stories are short, but they are fresh and crisp. I love them! My favorite story is "Walter's Friends," but the different styles of each author, as eclectic as they are, pulled me in to each of them. I need to read more of these delightful "spookies."
One Buck Horror: Volume Four is great!
- Turning of the Tides
on May 21, 2012
Turning Of The Tides by Jo-Anne Russell is a charming story that completely changed from beginning to end: very pleasantly so. As with all short stories, there is a decided punch at the end that hits you in your gut! I love that feeling! I am certainly a fan of Jo-Anne Russell now!
- Six Fright-Mares
on Sep. 24, 2012
Six Fright-Mares, by Jackie Williams, is a great collection of horror tales, all of them unique and covering a wide array of topics. My favorite is Outcasts, a rather surreal tale of what if in a what could world. The story is so realistic that I was trying to think of a way where I could come to the aid of the heroes. The superb ending allows for further exploration in to the world of Jackie's story people.
I love reading Jackie's tales for her home-spun style and fantastic usage of the Queen's English. Hurray! To tell a story any other way would be short changing the reader.
Read these super tales and see if you don't agree with me!