Apex Magazine – Issue 72, May 2015
Edited by Jason Sizemore & Sigrid Ellis
Cover Artist: Beth Spencer
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 27 May 2015
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Here we have the 72nd issue of Apex Magazine, with 3 new stories, one reprinted story, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Remembery Day" by Sarah Pinsker -+- Clara's mother and father had fought in a war. He died and she is disabled and in a wheelchair. She remembers nothing because of the Veil which is only lifted for some hours on what Clara calls Remembery Day. Her mother does not even remember her father, except for those few hours. A beautiful story, well told.
"Wildcat (from The Secret Diary of Donna Hooks)" by David Bowles -+- In 1908 Texas, a young divorcee is given a piece of property by her father to develop on her own. While directing this her workmen shoot a jaguar which turns into a woman after death. She was a shapeshifter and had given birth to three cubs, one male, two female. They are actually human but do not know it. Can Donna help them. She gives it all her effort in this well-written fantasy.
"A Sister's Weight in Stone" by JY Yang -+- In 1892, Little Phoenix's sister, Jade, is taken by the dragon prince of the South Seas as they were on their way to the British port of Singapore. Nonetheless, she communicates with her sister every night through the water in a small wash basin. She is told a story about why the dragon princes are unleashing their wrath on Singapore. Can she find a way to get her sister back. A sad, bittersweet, fairy tale. Well told.
The issue also contains a reprinted story: "Toot Sweet Matricia" by Suzette Mayr (Originally published in Threshold: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing from Alberta, The University of Alberta Press, 1999)
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