Apex Magazine – Issue 42, November 2012
Edited by Lynne M. Thomas
Cover Artist: Nicoletta Ceccoli
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine Online Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 23 November 2012
Number 42 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Shira Lipkin, Tim Susman, and Alex Bledsoe, a reprint of a story by Eleanor Arnason, and other features.
Here we have the Forty-Second issue of Apex Magazine, with three new stories, a reprint, and other features. This is another great issue.
The new fiction begins with "Splinter" by Shira Lipkin. Our narrator tells us "When I was twenty years old, my best friends and I stepped over the edge of the world." They eventually returned. Of the friends, Chris is in a sanitarium, John never came back and Michael and Jay committed suicide. Only our narrator remans in this poignant tale.
The second new story is "Erzulie Dantor" by Tim Susman. In Haiti, after the earthquake, in a small town an hour's drive from Port-au-Prince, is the small village of Bas-Le-Fond, no less ravaged by the earthquake. One house is left standing, one owned by Maisie, the richest woman in town. Her sister, Sirène, lives in a tent with her husband and her baby and resents the fact that her sister has not helped her. A jé-rouge comes to her and wants her baby. Sirène screams for help and her husband pursues the jé-rouge which is now in shadow-wolf form. Does it escape into Maisie's house? Her husband, a voudun priest, brings Maisie out. Sirène accuses her of being the jé-rouge and wants justice. Maisie pleads her innocence. This all ends in a vivid tale of real justice served.
The last new story is "Sprig" by Alex Bledsoe. Cyrus is a four-year-old boy who has wandered away from his parents at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. There are many people at the fair dressed like no one from the Renaissance, but Cyrus sees someone who looks very special. She is a beautiful girl wearing "tights, a sparkly shirt, and enormous plastic wings." She looks very sparkly and Cyrus asks her if she is a real fairy. She says she is and that her name is Sprig Petalbottom. Cyrus is doubtful but he stays. She figures that his parents are looking for him and, if he stays with her, they will find him. She sings him an old, familiar song. More, I will not tell you, because that will spoil much of the beauty of the story. In around 1000 words, Bledsoe gives us quite a lot.
The reprinted story is "The Glutton: A Goxhat Accounting Chant" by Eleanor Arnason (Originally appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated, April 2001). I do not review reprinted stories unless they are the current year, but I hope you enjoy it.
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