Apex Magazine – Issue 67, December 2014
Edited by Sigrid Ellis
Cover Artist: Nello Shep
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 28 December 2014
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Here we have 67th issue of Apex Magazine, with four new stories, a reprinted story, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Anthracite Weddings" by John Zaharik -+- Our narrator is a young girl growing up in Colliersburg, a mining town in Pennsylvania, in what one assumes is the 19th century. There have been strikes but her father has not participated in them. She has been asked to be a bridesmaid for the daughter of the owner of the mine. In the superstition of the town, this is supposed to protect her from the Blind One, some sort of supernatural creature. The prospective bride elopes with someone else and things go bad for our narrator and her family. She has been seeing the Blind One in her room and cannot rid herself of it. No one will believe her. Nice imagination here and creepy atmosphere.
"Keep Talking" by Marie Vibbert -+- Gerald's eighteen-year-old daughter, Sarah, is autistic and obsessed with SETI and interpreting what they are saying. Gerald has just got a great job in Japan and must move there. She does not want to go. Gerald's girlfriend, Miranda, is a dance instructor and is fascinated by the video of aliens dancing that has swept the world. Sarah want to figure it all out and get and gets help from an unexpected source. Good solid story.
"Grief Bunny" by Brooke Juliet Wonders -+- Lola's father died battling a wildfire and her stepmother abandoned her and her brother Teddy. A jackrabbit shows up at their home and Teddy immediately takes to it, calling it Elijah. Lola is suspicious of the beast, who begins to grow to an incredible size. They are about to be evicted from their home. What will Lola do. Help comes from an unexpected place. Another unique and effective story.
"Henrietta's Garden" by Rebecca Kaplan -+- At her father's funeral, Henrietta starts crying flowers instead of tears. She eventually embraces it and it becomes something beautiful. A wonderfully bizarre story.
The issue also contains a Reprint: "Desire" Kiini Ibura Salaam (Originally published in Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, editor Sheree R. Thomas, Warner Books 2004)
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