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Apex Publications is a small press dedicated to publishing quality dark SF, horror, and dark fantasy. Our authors include such esteemed wordsmiths as Gary Braunbeck, Nick Mamatas, Michael A. Burstein, Jennifer Pelland, Dru Pagliasotti, and more.
on July 16, 2010 :
This was my first time ever reading Apex Magazine and I wasn't sure what to expect. This issue was almost solely dedicated to Mary Robinette Kowal's work, an author I was unfamiliar with -- but I can now say I'm a fan. The three stories are wildly different from each other but each is so well-written was I immediately sucked in.
My favorite has to be "The Bride Replete" which blew me away -- Kowal's world-building is marvelous, and she does it in a way that is effortless, easy, and ... sneaky. I say sneaky because even though the story is set on an alien world with an alien race, I was able to get into the story without feeling lost or confused.
My second favorite story was "Scenting the Dark" -- it had a kind of 'Pitch Black' feel to it, in a fabulous way.
Kowal's other two stories were wonderful, but these were the standouts for me. This issue is definitely worth owning -- I'll be rereading these stories often!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 16, 2010 :
It's been a while since I read this issue, but you cannot go wrong with this magazine IF you like your horror and/or scifi dark, creepy and edgy.
The release of a new Apex is something I look forward to every month. I have not been disappointed yet. Sure, some of the content is stronger than some of the rest of the content, but I haven't been disappointed by the selections at all.
(reviewed long after purchase)