A Young Girl Is Trapped By A Monster, In This Ultra-Creepy Horror Tale

Even if you're sick to death of vampires, you owe it to yourself to check out "The Food in the Basement" by Laura Davy, in the latest issue of Apex Magazine. It doesn't just make vampires scary again — it makes them alien. » 7/08/14 11:40am 7/08/14 11:40am

10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing

To you, your short story is unique and perfect. To editors, it's "the third steampunk time-travel story we've seen this week." But which trends should you try to avoid? To find out, we asked some of the top editors in the field which type of science fiction and fantasy stories they're tired of seeing. Here's what they… » 4/22/14 10:28am 4/22/14 10:28am

I pretty much guarantee you've never read a superhero story like this

My story "Victimless Crimes" is up at Apex Magazine (and also a featured story over at The Mary Sue.) And I'm pretty sure it's a superhero story you've never seen before. » 8/07/13 12:40pm 8/07/13 12:40pm

It's up to you to keep short fiction righteous on the internet

Two of the internet's coolest fiction magazines need your support right now. Strange Horizons is having its annual fund drive, with tons of prizes for donors — but the main prize is satisfaction that you're helping to support one of the most important magazines in the field, whose unpaid staff works tirelessly to keep… » 10/18/12 1:39pm 10/18/12 1:39pm

We don't talk about the woman with no arms in the woods

The latest issue of Apex Magazine is out, and it includes Genevieve Valentine's fantastic story "Armless Maidens of the American West." Valentine's story takes place in a small town, with a diner and a golf course... and a mysterious woman with no arms, out in the woods. Valentine shows us how the presence of the… » 8/09/12 10:09am 8/09/12 10:09am

An Abnormally Weird Spin on the "Author Meets His Own Characters" Story

The story of an author meeting his own fictional characters is a common one — and usually it becomes some kind of metafictional meditation on the nature of authorship and what it means to be a fictional character. But what if that fictional character comes from a weird post-apocalyptic world, and it was kind of a… » 2/08/12 2:35pm 2/08/12 2:35pm

A tale of eco-terrorists, doomed romance, and very strange science

Apex Magazine has just published my short story about a young materials scientist who develops a very peculiar superpower: vaporizing cars. It's called "Twilight of the Eco-Terrorist." » 5/03/11 4:30pm 5/03/11 4:30pm

A soldier's brain implant sends him on a holy quest

Ali once fought on the side of the Free Shi'ah Anti-Crediteers in a war over global credit. But now he just wants to save his dying wife, and figure out the messages he's getting from his glitchy brain implant. » 11/03/10 1:45pm 11/03/10 1:45pm

The bottomless staircase that became a tourist attraction

What if there was a staircase that seemed to descend forever? It would become a tourist destination, and a place to commit suicide. But it would also be a place to lose yourself, as Peter M. Ball's new story proves. » 9/07/10 3:00pm 9/07/10 3:00pm

When should an author leave out his/her politics from a story?

Joyce Carol Oates' story about twin brothers caused some consternation, because the "demon" brother is identified as a conservative politician. So when should authors leave their politics out of a story? Apex's Michael A. Burstein has a well-thought-out response. » 8/25/10 3:44pm 8/25/10 3:44pm