Apex Magazine – Issue 101, October 2017
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Rubén Castro
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 27 October 2017
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Here we have the 101st issue of Apex Magazine, which has four new stories, two reprints, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "My Struggle" by Lavie Tidhar. -+- We are told that this story is set in Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming universe where Adolf Hitler failed to become the leader of Germany and lives a squalid life as a private dick in London. This takes place a year before the novel. Hitler, calling himself Wolf, is hired by his old comrade, Heinrich Himmler, to get an artifact for him that has come to London. It's the Spear of Destiny that is supposed to have pierced the side of Christ when he was crucified. Wolf runs into a number of other real historical characters in this really great alternate history.
The second new story is "So Sings the Siren" by Annie Neugebauer. -+- A woman and her young daughter attend a concert given by a siren. Her voice is beautiful but the girl is not facing the stage so she does not see that the song comes at a great cost. Well done tale told very succinctly.
The third new story is "Penelope Waits" by Dennis Danvers. -+- Cindy Slidell has been reading The Odyssey for a class and when her husband, Ralph, disappears for a while on a camping trip. She suspects him of infidelity even though he says he was abducted by aliens. But, when she meets the aliens, who call themselves, Happy, Serene, and Enlighten, her view on life changes and she takes a very different route from Penelope's in The Odyssey. Great little story with a nice bit of humor.
The fourth new story is "The Case of the Mysterious Meat” by Kate Ingram. -+- Kate Ingram is a high school student in Ohio, whose teacher asked Apex to judge a group's writing content and pick a winner. The judges were editor Maurice Broaddus, former editor Janet Harriett, and legendary dark fantasy author Gary A. Braunbeck. This is the winning story. Mauve is a private detective asked to check out what is going into the steaks of the Salisbury Steakhouse and Petting Zoo™. What he finds is wonderfully strange. Good little first publication!
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