Apex Magazine April 2010
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 23 April 2010
The April 2010 of Apex Magazine has an urban legend theme and three very good stories about them.
The issue begins with "Dying With Her Cheer Pants On" by Seanan McGuire. Aliens have invaded the Earth and have proceeded to kill everybody. The only survivors in town are Bridget and some of her fellow cheerleaders of the Fighting Pumpkins. The other cheerleaders ask her to perform a task that, they think, will save the world. It's some kind of urban legend, but one you might not have heard of if you are a guy. This story was a bit absurd (not a bad thing), but effective nonetheless.
"Seafoam" by Mark Henry starts with a 12-step group for "excessives". Jeremy is on parole and forced to attend. One exotic new member is Beverly. She's a 'Neather, an alien from under the sea. They had come up to the surface about 10 years ago and looked human enough. They go out for coffee and exchange stories about their obsessions. Jeremy lies. He's really a licker, obsessed with licking women's feet. He starts to stalk Jennifer. I won't give away anything, just to say things tale a shocking turn. This was a very unsettling story and quite well-written.
We've all probably heard about "Snipe Hunting" and Jennifer Brozek gives us a story about it. Chris, Dean and Henry are good ol boys who take the city kid, Shawn on a snipe hunt. Chris is getting a bit worried about him, when Shawn comes back. It seems he caught a snipe. This was a very brief tale, so I won't say more. I'll just say that it was very cleverly done and enjoyable to read.
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