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Apex Magazine - Issue 19
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 21571406201019
Date: 30 December 2010

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Number 19 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Nick Wolven and C.S.E. Cooney, a reprint of a story by Erzebet YellowBoy from Fantasy Magazine) and poems Shweta Narayan and W.C. Roberts.

Here we have the nineteenth issue of Apex Magazine, and editor by Catherynne M. Valente. This issue has more of a horror tone.

The new fiction begins with "Radishes" by Nick Wolven. Our narrator and his wife, Melody, live on a starving colony world. It has been difficult to grow edible food. Melody has lost some of her teeth. She comes up with the idea of trying some of the strange plants that have appeared and take a chance that they are edible. The first two tries don't work, but they find the radish-like things very tasty. That night they perceive the world in an entirely different way. They try to give the radishes up but cannot and continue to change. This one was a real chiller and very well-written.

In "Pale, and from a Sea-Wave Rising" by C.S.E. Cooney, Aquilo Vickery Makepeace is a young anatomy student, looking for corpses after a storm on the Rhode Island coast. It is 1815 and corpses can be profitable for him. He sees what appears to be a strange woman that he thinks might be an undine. She awakes and eventually convinces him to find a boat and return her to an island where her brother waits. This was a nicely-done, unsettling tale.

There is also a reprinted story, "At the Core" by Erzebet YellowBoy which originally appeared in Fantasy Magazine. Isobel's grandmother has died at the age of 100. When she was a child, Isobel had lived with her and been abused by her. She had fled the house, 20 years ago. She returns to claim a locked trunk that she had been fascinated by. It opens with a key that was in the bottom of a basket of fruit her grandmother had sent to her. This was another nice little horror 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.

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