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Abyss & Apex Issue 62: 2nd Quarter 2017
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex eMagazine  
Date: 25 April 2017

Links: Abyss & Apex / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Abyss & Apex #62 is here with stories by Ryan Row, S.L. Harris, James Van Pelt, Mike Baretta, and Devan Barlow as well as a Flash Fiction by Stephanie Lorée.

The newest issue of online magazine Abyss & Apex is #62 and it's one of their best.

The fiction begins with "All the Grace Was In the Fire" by Ryan Row. -+- Asher has a fire within that could hurt others if it is not controlled. But there is a way for him to turn that into something good. A beautifully written tale.

The second story is "The Vengeance of Curion" by S.L. Harris. -+- Marl the thief has stolen the crown of the wizard, Curion. So he curses Marl with the restless spirit of a woman named Muriel. But Marl finds a unique way to deal with her. But who has the last laugh. Another great little tale!

The third story is "The Golden Daffodils" by James Van Pelt. -+- When Ruth is tagged by a fortune teller at a carnival, she feels happier, until she tags someone else. Is there a way to get it back? Perfect little story.

The fourth story is "Ground Support" by Mike Barretta. -+- Dawn misses her astronaut husband Damian, a billion mile away on a project with little margin for error and a secret purpose. Can they find a way for him to return? Great little story.

The fifth story is "Of Squid and Schism" by Devan Barlow. -+- This is an epistolary tale which starts with twelve-year-old Sarah writing to twelve-year-old Susannah at the request of her teacher. Susannah is Sarah's double across the Schism, an event we learn bits and pieces about that had happened ten years ago. The two girls become best friends and try to figure out what the adults are not telling them. The details are not really what's important, though. What makes this story very touching is the friendship that grows between the girls.

The Flash Fiction story is "The Witch & God's War" by Stephanie Lorée. -+- The witch Draya and her cat, Sammy, are enduring the war of the gods, causing it to storm constantly. When they get a visitor and things start to change. Nicely done.

The 62nd issue of Abyss and Apex is, as always, a joy to read. It is well-worth checking out at their website (see link at the top of this review). They fund themselves with PayPal donations and subscriptions. Give them your support!

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