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Apex Magazine Issue 84, May 2016
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Robert Carter
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 25 May 2016

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Issue 84 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Stephen Cox, David M. Yeh, and Maggie Slatter, a reprinted story by Lavie Tidhar, poems by F.J. Bergmann, Ken Poyner, Janna Layton, and Christina Sng, and other features.

Here we have the 84th issue of Apex Magazine, with three new stories, one reprint, and other features.

The new fiction begins with "1957" by Stephen Cox. -+- The story starts at a boarding school in 1957 when Daniel Henderson is asked to give a tour of the school to a woman named Mrs. Anstruther who he finds strikingly beautiful. This even though he has also has an intimate relationship with his friend, Parslow. Time shifts and what seems to be another Daniel is married to the same woman and they have kids. What will be his life? The interview with Cox afterwards tells how people read the story and were intrigued by the mystery, I was not.

The second new story is "Cottage Country" by David M. Yeh. -+- Pete has bought some property in the Canadian wild and builds a cabin there. He is exploring one day and his dog, Jackson, goes missing. He finds the dog, a victim of fairy riding, unable to move. With the help of a fox, he gets Jackson home where. He later finds the fox killed and knows he must kill the sidhe. Remembering advice of his grandfather and, aided by a raven, he finds the sidhe who loses her battle to him. Nice solid horror-fantasy.

The third new story is "The Behemoth Beaches" by Maggie Slatter. -+- A village's supply of fish from the sea is diminishing. A Behemoth comes to make them a deal so that fish is plentiful. But the Behemoth's price eventually gets too high and things take a bad turn. Nice build-up of horror.

Apex Magazine works in a unique way. If you are a subscriber, you get your issue when its published. Otherwise, you wait a month. They are worth supporting, so check them out at the website (see link at the top of this review).

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