Apex Magazine - Issue 93, February 2017
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Adrian Borda
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 24 February 2017
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Here we have the 93rd issue of Apex Magazine with three new stories, three flash fiction stories, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Queen of Dirt" by Nisi Shawl. -+- Brit has a job teaching students at the Experience Project, a summer camp. She has been following her own path and has clashed with her parents, speaking Ebonics just to upset them. She also has supernatural abilities. With her students, she is working on a dance routine involving fighting zombies. But, an encounter that Brit has points her in a different direction. Interesting.
The second new story is "You Too Shall Be Psyche" by Rich Larson. -+- Reva of the Clan is certain that the God of the Pit should have chosen her instead of her sister, Brete. She was more beautiful. So she has snuck away and walked to the God's temple. She is welcomed in but finds things are not as she thought they would be. Good solid story with a real stinger at the end.
The third new story is "The Bells" by Lyndsie Manusos. -+- Mary has been sculpted by Bishop to perform for men. But she grows tired of her servitude and lashes out. A very unsettling tale.
There are also three very short Flash Fiction stories:
"As Long As You Can Stand It" by Joanna Truman -+- A girl trades something for a nightmare from a dreamer and has a unique experience. Lyrical.
"Butterfly Man" by Tonya Walter -+- A girl's time with a butterfly man comes at a cost. Bittersweet.
"St. Theophilus the Penitent" by Rich Larson -+- Wyatt tries to recreate his wife as she was before a horrible accident. A sad, beautiful tale.
Apex Magazine works in a unique way. If you are a subscriber, you get your issue when it's published. Otherwise, you wait a month. They are worth supporting, so check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review).