Apex Magazine - Issue 22
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Dustin Stewart
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 27 March 2011
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Here we have the Twenty-Second issue of Apex Magazine, and editor Catherynne M. Valente has given us some more, very unusual stories.
The new fiction begins with "The Dust and the Red" by Darin Bradley. This is set in a country that seems to be undergoing something like our dust bowl of the 1930s. Growing cotton instead of wheat has not made things better for Caroline and her family who are farmers. They have a special pearl which has some sort of mystic powers. Their neighbors, the Finchers have a wax doll for the same purpose. This was a strange, moody kind of story.
"The Speaking Bone" by Kat Howard is a beautiful, lyrical tale about an island made from bones. Three priestesses live on the island. Pilgrims come to gather bones together and ask a question. Most do not get an answer. When one does, there is a price to be paid.
There is also a reprinted story, "Rats" by Veronica Schanoes which originally appeared in Interfictions edited by Delia Sherman and Dora Goss and published by the Interstitial Arts Foundation in 2007. This one sounds a bit like a famous fairy tale, but it has a nasty grim reality to it. There's no happily ever after here, but a powerfully told story that's not easy to forget.
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