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Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest – Volume 1, Issue 11 by Jason Sizemore
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Nigel Slade
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex  ISBN/ITEM#: 1553-7269
Date: 25 November 2007

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Apex #11 is here with a lead story by and interview with best-selling horror novelist Gary A. Braunbeck and some very good stories by Stefani Nellen, Daniel G. Keohane, Samuel Tinianow, Sara King and Jennifer Pelland, along with a serialized story by Geoffrey Girard and other features.

The latest issue of Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest is #11 and continues its tradition of stories that are a good mix of science fiction and horror. All the stories got a Very Good from me.

The issue starts out with "Blackboard Sky" by best-selling horror novelist Gary A. Braunbeck. As a young boy, Patrick was laid up for months. He read a lot and drew pictures, most importantly, a glowing angel on a small blackboard. It is now years later and Patrick is a teacher and does volunteer work at a goodwill-type store. There he comes across some curious writing and formulas that were partly written by a young troubled boy. He and a co-worker named Claire come to realize that something from a long dead civilization in a distant galaxy has given this troubled boy great power. What can they do? Next comes, "Spinnetje" by Stefani Nellen. The title is archaic Dutch for "little spider" and that describes he device that a man named Milo uses to invade his wife's brain. While this qualifies as a "how can he do something so stupid?" idea, Nellen gives us a chilling story of obsession.

Daniel G. Keohane contributes "Ray Gun". Hank Cowle is an old man whose mind is failing. He and a friend investigate a spaceship that has crashed near Hank's house. What he gets from the ship leads to disaster. In "Uncanny" by Samuel Tinanow, a young boy is alone at the bedside of a partly robotic woman. He comes to appreciate her appeal all too well. "The Moldy Dead" by Sara King features three races of aliens who land on a planet which has sentient inhabitants. One of the alien races is psychotic and has nasty plans for the planet. Will they succeed? The next story is part of a serialization that I will review when it is complete. The last piece, "What to Expect When Expectorating" by Jennifer Pelland is a hilarious spoof of those ads for drugs that feature all kinds of warnings. Xybutol is an unusual drug and the precautions are even more bizarre.

All in all, Apex #11 is an excellent issue. You should be subscribing.

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