Apex Magazine - May 2010
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Steven Gilberts
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 27 May 2010
Links: Apex Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The May 2010 of Apex Magazine is here and, once more, gives us some really good stories.
The first story is "The Last Stand of the Ant Maker" by Paul Jessup. The Ant Maker is Benjamin who is obsessed with building model ants in his basement. As he is doing this, the plants outside his window start growing. Soon plants are growing everywhere, even inside Emily, the girl who lives next door. Things get more and more bizarre as Benjamin wages a valiant effort. This was a truly bizarre story and a very good one, at that.
The other story entirely new to this issue is "City of Refuge" by Jerry Gordon. David is a Cardinal in a newly formed Catholic Church that has arisen to combat the Fallen (zombies). He saves a woman named Jenna from the gallows because the archbishops want to talk with her. On the way to the refuge at New Hebron, he learns something of her and sees her power over the Fallen. When she reaches New Hebron, we learn something of what the Church has become in this unsettling horror story.
"The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" by Catherynne M. Valente is actually a reprint from the anthology Dark Faith, published by Apex. The title comes from the cover of the notebook that Caitlin Zielinski is using to write her journal about dealing with her father and the other zombies in Augusta, Maine. They don't seem to give her much trouble as she still goes to work at the coffee shop every day. She has no customers as she is the only non-zombie around. We find out why she has no trouble with them in this really nice departure from the typical zombie story.
So, once again, check on Apex Magazine. It exists on PayPal donations and I recommend you go their web-site at http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/. They are worth supporting.