Apex Magazine – Issue 75, August 2015
Edited by Jason Sizemore & Sigrid Ellis
Cover Artist: Billy Norrby
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 28 August 2015
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Here we have the Seventy-Fifth issue of Apex Magazine, with 4 new stories, a reprint and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Brisé" by Mehitobel Wilson -+- Erin is a dancer who injured herself and resents her husband, Richard. She imagines other versions of her life and tries dancing to them. This is the kind of horror that sneaks up on you. Well done.
"Coming Undone" by Alexis Hunter -+- Natasya was born with one leg and one arm only partly developed, but it is her healthy limbs that she considers wrong. She joins the military so that she can become all metal limbs but that doesn't work out. Just a sad story.
"It is Healing, It is Never Whole" by Sunny Moraine -+- Our narrator works at scooping the souls of suicides, washing them and putting them in jars to be carried away on an endless train. One day the narrator catches a soul with eyes and puts it in the narrator's shirt. This causes much speculation on our narrator's part. Interesting.
"Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant's Tale" by Damien Angelica Walters -+- An elephant tells us about a failing circus and its members: ringmaster, contortionist, twin acrobats, the animals and others. Things wind down for circus and story in this bittersweet tale.
There is also a reprinted story "New Feet Within My Garden Grow" by E. Catherine Tobler (Originally published in Fungi, edited by Orrin Grey and Silvia Moreno-Garcia, 2012, Innsmouth Free Press. I do not review reprinted stories unless they are from the current year.
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