Apex Magazine - Issue 89, October 2016
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Dennis Corvus
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 27 October 2016
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Here we have the 89th issue of Apex Magazine, with two new stories and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Damnatio Ad Beastia" by Kristi DeMeester. -+- Madeleine is a werewolf and takes pills every day to hold off the transformation. The pills from the government don't work, but she gets mostly what she needs from a dealer named Bennie. But there are things she does not know about him. Good portrait of someone going through a horrible, painful condition.
The second new story is "Pagpag" by Samuel Marzioli. -+- In Manila, Jay is part of the Night Watch, killing monsters called aswang. Wikipedia describes them as "a shapeshifting monster usually possessing a combination of the traits of either a vampire, a ghoul, a warlock/witch, or different species of werebeast in Filipino folklore". Like a vampire, when an aswang kills someone, they become an aswang. He mourns the death of his wife, Malay, killed by her father who had become an aswang. Now he lives with his mother and goes out a night to kill. Good, little horror story featuring a different kind of monster.
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