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Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest - Vol. 4
Apex Publications LLC Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: Apex04
Date: Winter 2005 /

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Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
Table of Contents: Fiction: The Serpent Was More Subtle (reprint) by Tom Piccirilli * A Jack Grimm Adventure: Walk Among Us by Bryan Smith * Symbios by JA Konrath * Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me by Eugie Foster * Babysitting by Christine Murphy * Burn Rate by Phill Jones * Erasure by Jennifer Pelland * Seize the Day (this issue's Parting Shot) by Bryn Sparks Poetry: Poem for Stephan Hawking by Gary C. Wilkens Interviews: Mary Doria Russell interviewed by Alethea Kontis * Barry Maher interviewed by Jason B. Sizemore Non-Fiction: The New Shoggoth Chic: Why H.P. Lovecraft Now? by Amy H. Sturgis, PhD. * Geek Chick Summers: A Life at Conventions by Alethea Kontis * Healthy Competition by Gill Ainsworth * Book Reviews

The Winter 2005 issue of Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest is the second one I've read and the stories all got a very good from me. "Walk Among Us" by Bryan Smith is another story about his monster hunter Jack Grimm. Assisted by people with special powers, he hunts down and destroys monsters. In this story, they are of a very different type but not less horrifying. Tom Piccirilli's "The Serpent Was More Subtle" is a reprinted story from 1999 but worth reading. The lead character in this story goes after the most dangerous of adversaries but this has a very different ending. "Oranges, Lemons and Thou Beside Me" by Eugie Foster is about a soldier returning from war that finds some surprises waiting for him at home. "Symbios" by J.A. Konrath is the story of the survivor of a spaceship crash. What he must do to survive makes for a very chilling story. In "Burn Rate", Phill Jones gives us a nasty little tale of a man chasing down a serial killer who take pieces of fat from the victims. "Erasure" by Jennifer Pelland tells us of a woman who has had her memory erased to forget the traumatic murder of her family. As usual, all is not what it seems. "Babysitting" by Christine W. Murphy is an okay little story about a human man forced to babysit alien children. This is not a cutesy, humorous tale. The penultimate story, "Ghost Chimes" by Nancy Fulda, is the winner of Apex's first annual short fiction contest. It's not really a supernatural tale but does tell us about Alicia, whose mother lives on through the wonders of computer technology and the problems that causes. The last story is an "Apex Parting Shot". "Seize the Day" by Bryn Sparks starts out as a classic fantasy quest story but the end has a distinctly different twist.

I liked this issue. The stories were good as were the non-fiction features. I recommend that you subscribe.

(Source: Apex Publications LLC)

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