Apex Magazine 2016 Subscription Drive

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    Apex Publications is happy to announce our dates, goals, and rewards for the 2016 Apex Magazine subscription drive.

    Note from Michael: Subscribe to Apex Magazine through Weightless during the subscription drive and get your choice of a free Apex Publications title: I Can Transform You by Maurice Broaddus, Convent of the Pure by Sara M. Harvey or the Apex Book of World SF Volume 1!

    This year’s drive will run for three weeks – October 24th to November 15th. Full information and updates on how we are doing can be found at http://www.apex-magazine.com/apex-magazine-2016-subscription-drive/

    After a very successful subscription drive last November, 2016 has been an absolutely amazing year for Apex Magazine. Looking to 2017, we want build on this year’s success and make it even more spectacular!

    To do this we’ve set this year’s Apex Magazine subscription drive goal at $10,000.

    By hitting this goal we would be able to go from 12,000 words of original fiction to 16,000 words in each issue. We could also raise the rate that we pay for original fiction and for cover art.

    We feel this goal is well within reach, but not without the support of our readers and fans. As an added incentive, we’ve set up rewards that will unlock additional content for the January, 2017 issue of Apex Magazine, creating a double issue as a thank you to all of our supporters.

    36167-cover-200x313We already have an impressive lineup of original fiction scheduled for January. Stories by James Beamon, Lia Swope Mitchell, Iori Kusano, and J.J. Litke. The issue will feature two poems, a reprint, and interviews with an Apex author and our cover artist. Our cover artist for January will be Aaron Nakahara.

    As we reach goals in our subscription drive we will add the following to the January issue, as well as a couple of rewards that will continue in every issue all year long:

    • $500 – a third original poem will be selected by our poetry editor Bianca Spriggs
    • $1,000 – a second reprint will be added to the issue
    • $2,000 – a new story by Ursula Vernon!
    • $2,500 – a fourth original poem
    • $3,000 – an interview with Nisi Shawl
    • $4,000 – a new story by Nisi Shawl!
    • $4,500 – a third reprint
    • $5,000 – a second story podcast performed by Mahvesh Murad!
    • $5,500 – an interview with John Hornor Jacobs
    • $6,000 – a new novelette by John Hornor Jacobs!
    • $6,500 – an interview with E. Catherine Tobler about her circus universe
    • $7,000 – we will add an additional 2,000 words to each issue of Apex Magazine in 2017, bringing the total up to 14,000 words per issue.
    • $8,000 – a new story by E. Catherine Tobler set in her circus universe
    • $10,000 – we will add another additional 2,000 words to each issue of Apex Magazine in 2017, bringing the total up to 16,000 words per issue.

    the-apex-book-of-world-sf-cover-200x300Wow! That is a lot of bonus content with some seriously amazing writers! Help us publish the most epic issue to date and ensure that 2017 will another amazing year for Apex Magazine!

    How? Between October 24th and November 15th:

    • Subscribe! Yearly subscriptions through Apex and Weightless will be only $17.95 during our drive. Monthly subscriptions are available through Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK).
    • Share the love of Apex by purchasing a gift subscription for the scifi lover in your life.
    • Become a patron on Patreon. Pledge as little or as much as you want for each issue.
    • The tip jar! Chip in one-time to help push us toward our goals!
    • Buy past issues of Apex Magazine! Individual issues are available, as well as bundles to get you caught up on any issues you may have missed.
    • Join our Thunderclap (http://thndr.me/m0Fve2) and help us spread the news!

    (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Catherynne M. Valente, and Brian Keene.

    Apex Magazine and Apex Publications Editor Interview: Jason Sizemore

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    apex-magazine-issue-82-coverWeightless Books interviews Jason Sizemore, Editor of Apex Magazine and Managing Editor of Apex Publications.

    Q: In June 2015, you announced that you quit your day job to work on Apex Magazine and Apex Publications full time. From all appearances, that seems to be going quite well, but tell the truth – is your household eating more Ramen noodles as a result?

    Sizemore: In college, I once bought a crate of Ramen noodles at the local Costco. 144 little packets of delight.

    After I ate the last one, I vowed NEVER AGAIN.

    Your question has made me ill with memories!

    Q: Apex Magazine and Apex Publications continue to win awards as do the stories, novels, and collections you publish. Most recently, “This is Horror” named Apex Magazine the fiction magazine of the year and Apex Publication’s Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters as the short story collection of the year. What other awards would you most like to win?

    Sizemore: Although I covet and desire any and all awards, the two that I would most like to win are a Hugo rocket and a Stoker haunted house. Most visitors to my house know squat about literary awards, but when you have a big silver rocket or an awesome scary house on your mantle, those will draw notice.

    I would love to see Sing Me Your Scars win an award. Damien Angelica Walters’ fiction is widely respected and liked, and I think she is deserving of the recognition.

    Q: In August 2015, you published For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, your collection of semi-true and sometimes humorous essays about how you became the Apex Overlord. Six of the 13 chapters contain eyewitness rebuttals of your statements, and one chapter includes a separate fact-check. Are you a forgiving Overlord, or will those who disagree with you learn the errors of their ways?

    Sizemore: Forgiving? Not at all. I remember every slight and askew glance cast my direction!

    That said, I do recognize that my perception of events is open to interpretation. Those I wrote about the most—Maurice Broaddus, Sara M. Harvey, and Monica Valentinelli (to name a few)—I felt it only fair to give them an opportunity to have their side of the tale be told. Do I agree with their versions? Mostly, no.

    Q: In February 2016, you kickstarted Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling Anthology. Congratulations on exceeding your funding goal! What can the backers and other readers expect to find in this collection?

    jason sizemoreSizemore: Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli are dynamic and hardworking editors. They’re also perfectionists. I think you’ll find Upside Down reflects that attention to quality.

    Here is a free word association I did for Upside Down in preparation for this question: fun, diverse, thoughtful, subversive, Galen Dara art.

    Apex Magazine, a three-time Hugo Award finalist and World Fantasy Award-winning online magazine publishing the best horror and science fiction, is available DRM-free from Weightless in single issues and as a 12-month subscription.

    Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeastern Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, a writer, and operates the science fiction, fantasy, and horror press Apex Publications. He is the author of the collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts Irredeemable and the tell-all creative fiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. He currently lives in Lexington, KY.

    Operation Fourth Story: Apex Magazine

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    38763-coverEvery month, Apex Magazine includes at least three science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. But the Apex editors who pull twisted, strange, and beautiful works full of marrow and passion out of the slush pile have a lofty dream: to bring you at least four great stories a month. For a magazine committed to paying five cents a word, dreams come at a price. To find funding for the much-sought-after fourth story, Apex editors could have decided to eliminate all one-syllable words from future stories, thus saving 25% or so on costs. But where would Apex Magazine be without love, screech, wolf, and pie? The sacrifice would have been too great. Instead, in an effort to attract new subscribers, the editors decided to lower Apex Magazine’s annual subscription rate to $17.95 for a limited time. Click here to become a new subscriber and to show your support for the worker bees of the syllable world.

    (Edit: see below for the official Apex press release on Operation Fourth Story. –Michael)

    Operation Fourth Story

    Apex Publications is happy to announce the launch of Operation Fourth Story! So far 2014 has been a great year for Apex Magazine. A new editorial team led by Editor-in-chief Sigrid Ellis took over January 1st, submissions and web readership are both at record levels, and our subscriber base has steadily grown.

    The Apex Magazine team has decided to use this momentum and take the magazine to a new level, to make it bigger and better than ever before.

    April 3rd through April 17th Apex will be executing Operation Fourth Story, with the intention of gaining enough revenue via subscriptions and/or patrons to be able to add a fourth original short story to each issue. We’ve determined that we will need approximately 250 new subscriptions through a combination of Apex, Weightless, Amazon, and Patreon to reach our goal.

    During Operation Fourth Story, yearly subscriptions to Apex Magazine will be available on discount for $17.95 both direct from Apex and through Weightless Books.

    As an added incentive, anyone who subscribes during this period direct from Apex, through Weightless or Amazon, or by becoming our patron on Patreon will also receive a free Apex eBook of their choice. (Go to http://www.apexbookcompany.com/books/ or http://weightlessbooks.com/category/publisher/apex-book-company/ to see our full catalog.) To receive the free eBook forward the subscription receipt or confirmation email to Lesley at lesley@apexbookcompany.com and let her know which book you would like.

    Finally, when Apex meets our goal of 250 new subscriptions, we will randomly select one subscriber to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

    Already an Apex Magazine subscriber? Renew your subscription during Operation Fourth Story to take advantage of the fantastic price and to claim your free Apex eBook.

    For full details about Operation Fourth Story, please see the announcement on the Apex blog: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/2014/04/operation-fourth-story/

    APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the twice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Tom Piccirilli, Catherynne M. Valente, and Lavie Tidhar.

    Apex Magazine Interview: Sigrid Ellis and Jason Sizemore

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    37322-coverWeightless Books interviews Apex Magazine’s publisher Jason Sizemore and new editor-in-chief Sigrid Ellis.

    1. How do you know when you have the right balance of science fiction, fantasy and horror for an issue of Apex Magazine?

    Sigrid Ellis: Hah! Well, I’m new at this. The proof is yet to come. As your readers are probably aware, I am taking over Apex Magazine from Lynne Thomas and Michael Thomas. Whether or not I know the right balance remains to be seen!

    At the moment my managing editor, Cameron Salisbury, and I have selected and organized fiction for our first four issues of Apex. Our conversations have focused on questions of tone, length, and how the works relate to each other. Is one lighter than the other? Too light? Are they thematically linked? Too linked? Do they have things to say to each other? What about point of view? First person, third? Tight narration or omniscient? Is one more descriptive than the other? Does that work?

    I could go on.

    Whether a piece is science fiction, fantasy, or horror has not so far been my chief concern. That may change, of course, in the future! I look forward to the feedback from our first issues, and what that may teach us.

    2. What’s changed in short fiction since Apex Magazine started in 2005, and how have you responded to it?

    Sigrid Ellis: It is my observation that genre short fiction has been served notice, a notice declaring that diversity is no longer sufficient. What we as readers, fans, and decent human beings call for now is representation. Cat Valente, Lynne Thomas, and Michael Thomas made Apex Magazine a force for representation. I hope to continue that work.

    Jason Sizemore: We joined the fracas right as the tide of electronic books hit the genre. It has been an interesting ride!

    The most obvious change is the general presentation and distribution of the work. Podcasts, eBook issues, and online content have all expanded while the print industry has shrunk.

    In terms of aesthetics, I think the biggest shift in short fiction is toward darker and bleaker work. We’ve always published dark work (the original name of Apex Magazine is Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, after all), but over the years we’ve grown more experimental in what is published.

    3. Name a recent favorite Apex Magazine story and one from more than a year ago.

    Sigrid Ellis: My favorite recent story is Rachel Swirsky’s “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” from issue 46.

    Looking further back, Genevieve Valentine’s “Armless Maidens of the American West” in issue 39 is a favorite.

    What stands out for me in both of these stories is how adroitly the authors pull off an exceptionally difficult task, that of writing in the second person. Second person narrative is not to be toyed with lightly!

    However, let me note, very clearly, that what I find impressive is the use to which they each put that narration. Both of these stories are intensely emotional. They are grounded in character and detail. They each raise somewhat painful questions, about wildly different topics. Valentine’s piece looks at complicity in exploitation, and the right or ability of a person to own and alter that complicity. It’s a story about the tangle of autonomy. Swirsky’s story is a parable of the pain of love. It’s a fable describing the joy and rage and helpless fearful grief that are all, inextricably, part of loving another human being. And it is a revenge fantasy against the damage caused by blind injustice.

    Jason Sizemore: A recent favorite would be “The Performance Artist” by Lettie Prell (issue 44). Lettie’s story might be the best deconstruction of society’s fascination with reality television and self-spectacle that I’ve encountered. And the end of the story is a gut punch.

    A favorite from the archives would be “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar (issue 18). This was our first Nebula nominated work. Amal did an incredible job creating a short story that is a bit House of Leaves and a bit Twilight Zone.

    4. Your author interviews are packed with information. Have you ever been surprised by something uncovered in one of them?

    Sigrid Ellis: All author interviews are a bit of a surprise! While I know the work of many of Apex’s authors, I don’t particularly know them personally. I find myself clicking on the interviews with excitement, looking forward to meeting the human being behind the story just as much as our readers.

    5. Apex Magazine started podcasting recently. Is that because you decided to stop sleeping and needed something more to do?

    Sigrid Ellis: Hah, well, I already don’t sleep. But, no, podcasting is simply a part of the new models of fiction consumption. Readers – myself included! – are becoming accustomed to having fiction available across platforms and media formats. I can buy a novel from Amazon, start to read it on my laptop, go listen to the audio version in my car while I drive home, then pick up my tablet and continue reading after dinner. The more formats we provide, the more people will find the format that works for them. And that leads to more people enjoying the work.

    Jason Sizemore: There’s an old school PSA commercial where one kid pressures another kid to do drugs…the bad kid says something like “Come on, everybody’s doing it.” It was kind of like that situation. All the top short fiction zines had a podcast, so Apex Magazine needed one!

    Of course, I love the podcast format and am happy that we’ve ventured into it. In 2014, I hope to expand our podcast to include all our original fiction ran per issue.

    6. Are you on any upcoming science fiction and fantasy or horror convention panels?

    Sigrid Ellis: My next convention is Wiscon, in Madison, Wisconsin, over Memorial Day weekend. I pretty much always end up on a handful of panels at that convention and I expect this year will be no different. Look for me there! I’ll probably have things to say about Apex Magazine and about my other editorial project this winter, the comic series Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios.

    Jason Sizemore: I’ll be doing Confusion in Detroit (Jan 17-19). Then I’m at Millennicon in Cincinnati (Mar 14-16).

    7. What are you reading now besides submissions for Apex Magazine?

    Sigrid Ellis: The Great Mortality, by John Kelly. It’s a history of the Black Death. Also I am perpetually re-reading my way through the Phryne Fisher mystery series, by Kerry Greenwood. I’m on my, hrm, my fourth re-read of all nineteen books.

    Jason Sizemore: Sitting on my nightstand is Skinner by Charlie Huston. The audiobook in my car is Shift by Hugh Howey.

    Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Apex Magazine, which is available for DRM-free purchase from Weightless Books, received a Best Semiprozine Hugo nomination in 2012. A new issue of Apex Magazine is available the first Tuesday of every month.

    Happy Holidays

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    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Weightless!

    We know there are hundreds of places to get books and magazines around the world so thank you for choosing Weightless for your DRM-free, always available ebooks. We’re always happy to help readers find good books on the site and would love for you to help spread the word.

    I have a few quick gifting recommendations before the actual day of Christmas rolls around. The quickest and easiest gifts are gift certificates which you can give in any amount you choose: $0.99 to $999.00 (or more!). The certificate is good for anything on the site and does not expire.

    Sending friends and family and fellow readers ebooks is also very easy. Just check the “This is a gift order” button when checking out.

    For recommendations:

    The last issue of Electric Velocipede is a huge, great read.

    Apex dropped the price of many of their back issues: issues 15 through 29 are now $1.99 (down from $2.99).

    Do you read ebooks on an iPad or other tablet? PDFs are a good way to go and all the Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Fantasy Magazine issues now have PDF versions! Check them out here.

    And don’t forget you can get collections from Ken McLeodUrsula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy FowlerKim Stanley Robinson, Nalo Hopkinson, Terry Bisson, and Cory Doctorow for 50% off from PM Press.

    Want to get rely into the holiday spirit? Try Season of Wonder edited by Paula Guran and featuring Harlan Ellison, James Patrick Kelly, Ellen Kushner, Charles de Lint, M. Rickert, Connie Willis, Robert Charles Wilson, and Gene Wolfe, among others.

    Happy holidays and be excellent to one another!

    Electric Velocipede issue 27 Clarkesworld: Year Five Report from Planet Midnight Science of Herself The Human Front The Wild Girls Season of Wonder

    So many excellent subscriptions!

    Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 87 Rifter 10: His Holy Bones Lightspeed Magazine Issue 43 Apex Magazine Issue 55 Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #137 New York Review of Science Fiction #303 Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 29 Galaxy’s Edge Magazine – Issue 5: November 2013 Locus December 2013 (#635) Nightmare Magazine Issue 15 Space and Time Magazine Issue #119 Innsmouth Magazine: Issue 14 Interzone #248 Mythic Delirium 0.2 The Dark Issue 2 Flash Fiction Online Issue #3 December 2013 Black Static #36 The Big Click Issue 11 Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #8 Beware the Dark – Issue 1 Midnight Echo Issue 9 Plasma Frequency Magazine – Issue 9 The Common 05

    Apex Magazine Author Interview: Rachel Swirsky

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    35777-coverAuthor Rachel Swirsky, whose story “Abomination Rises on Filthy Wings” can be found in Apex Magazine Issue 50, answers a few questions for Weightless Books.

    Q: What does it feel like to win a Nebula Award?

    Swirsky: A blushy, fluttery glow.

    I remember a previous winner telling me, “When you get up there, you forget everything; you forget how to say your name.” And I thought, “Oh, that’s just stage fright. I’m used to public speaking.” But then it happens and…you forget how to say your name.

    It was particularly special to me because the man who first published my work – John Scalzi, better known when wearing his writing hat – had told me that he’d be there when I won my first Nebula. And he was. He presented the award.

    Q: What was the hardest part about writing “Abomination Rises on Filthy Wings”?

    Swirsky: Several horror editors had confided in me that they receive a genre of submissions they call “kill the bitch” stories. There are a few defining traits, but two of them are: it must be misogynist, and it must be written as if it’s an autobiographical fantasy of killing one’s wife or ex.

    I don’t have a wife or an ex-wife. And as it happens, I rather like my husband.

    I could find the character’s voice and his anger and his imagery, but it was challenging to find a way to create the illusion it was also personal.

    Q: How did you first know speculative fiction and fantasy were for you?

    Swirsky: According to my mother, she fell in love with my dad when she heard him singing his sons to sleep (he was divorced but had primary custody). Afterward, they’d lie together in bed, and read to each other. Science fiction and fantasy, of course.

    They had (and have) a huge bookshelf that leans against their bedroom door filled with paperbacks from Adams to Zelazny. From the top shelf to the ceiling is stacks and stacks of old Asimov’s magazines. When I wanted something to read, I’d grab Octavia Butler or Anne McCaffrey or Joan Vinge.

    Q: What lessons from the 2005 Clarion West Writer’s Workshop still resonate with you?

    Swirsky: I follow these to greater or lesser extents, but they’ve stayed with me.

    Octavia Butler said, “The more personal your story, the more likely it will find a wide readership.”

    Andy Duncan said, “Why have you made me read this horrible, horrible thing? And that, too, is a worthy goal of fiction.”

    L. Timmel Duchamp said, “Character is voice.”

    Connie Willis said, “All plots can be comic or tragic. It’s how you write them that makes the difference.”

    Gordon Van Gelder said, “Evoke three senses in every paragraph of description.”

    Michael Swanwick said, “All fiction is a balance between dinosaurs and sodomy.”

    Q: What do you like most about being Vice-President of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America?

    Swirsky: Ha! No one ever asks what’s fun!

    I really like building things. Unfortunately, we don’t always get to. We get waylaid by rain or native wildlife stealing our bricks or people who just want to pout and stomp angrily in the mud. But we *do* build things.

    A couple months ago, I was able to hear a problem from a writer one night, and have it solved for them the next day. It was the most amazing feeling.

    I get to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise and share in their energy as we work toward mutual goals. For me, that’s fun.

    Q: What are you working on now?

    Swirsky: As I am the most distractable person ever, I’m always working on about 80 things at once. A couple previews:

    Swift, Grey, Wild – My in-process young adult novel about werewolves and race relations in Oakland. I have a draft finished, but the devil’s in the rewrite.

    “The Great Leap” – A novella about Judaism, ballet, and mortality. I started it when I was living in Iowa, during deep winter, when everything is frozen and beautiful and lifeless.

    “Wounded, Dancing” – A retelling of the moment when there was hope at Wounded Knee.

    Rachel Swirsky at World Fantasy 2011 by Folly BlaineRachel Swirsky got her MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop where she learned about terrifying things like symbolism and snow. She writes short fiction on those days when she can’t come up with any more excuses to avoid it. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of venues, including Tor.com, The New Haven Review, and Clarkesworld Magazine. She’s been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award, among others, and in 2010, she won the Nebula Award for her novella “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window.” Her new short story collection, How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future, is forthcoming from Subterranean Press in September 2013. Swirsky’s story “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love” will launch Apex Magazine’s upcoming podcast. Nominated in 2012 and 2013 for Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine, Apex Magazine is available for DRM-free purchase from Weightless Books.  

    Zombie-lovers and Life-sucking Lampreys in Apex Magazine Issue 48

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    The stories in Issue 48 of Apex Magazine don’t always look like horror when they begin. They might even start on the bright side of a field on the outskirts of Topeka, Kansas. But somewhere in the middle of the story, chances are the heroine is going to be at least metaphorically hanging over a gaping chasm in the earth with a ghost nibbling at her toes and a maddened ostrich-tamer threatening to flay her fingers from above.

    “Come to My Arms, My Beamish Boy” by Douglas F. Warrick was my favorite new story in Apex Magazine this month. The narrator, Cotton, is dying. He isn’t too happy about his impending demise. “Every organism on earth had this crazy seizure of energy and emotion for a short period, had the chance to change everything, and then fizzled out and died.” He’s also worried about how his diminished faculties leave him unable to communicate with anyone but Professor Eisley, the only other person who can see the lampreys closing in on Cotton. “He could see the shiny wet head of one of the shadowy things, the lamprey-children, the sucker-babies, just cresting over the metal guardrail of the bed.” This is a disturbing little story.

    Apex Magazine also offers a Joe R. Lansdale double-feature—a classic story and an interview. Lansdale’s “Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back” tells of a man who feels guilty about his role in a nuclear holocaust. The first worst part of the tale is that the narrator’s wife is helping him pay for his sins. “Never once did I complain. She’d send the needles home as hard and deep as she could, and though I might moan or cry out, I never asked her to stop.” I wanted to stop reading this story just the way I want to stop reading every great horror story I encounter, but instead, I just hoped whatever image the story left me with was one I wouldn’t see in the bathroom mirror in the middle of the night. The thing with the needles is creepy and weird. Then the second worst thing happened in the story. Hint: it begins with a “z” and rhymes with “nombies.”

    Maggie Slater interviews Lansdale about “Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back” and about writing in general in Issue 48. Lansdale is an eight-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. His writing is a gift to the reader. His Apex interview is a gift to the writer. If you like to write, read this interview for advice that comes from long experience.

    Nominated for a Hugo this year for Best Semiprozine, Apex Magazine is published on the first Tuesday of every month. DRM-free subscriptions (including Issue 48 with stories by Lansdale and Warrick) or individual issues can be purchased on Weightless Books.

    FTR sale, new magazines, and, at last, Was

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    Was: a novel cover - click to view full sizeHey fairy tale fans, we’re running a week long sale on all titles from Fairy Tale Review. Use the coupon FTR when you check out and save 25% on Joy Williams’s Changeling, the Fairy Tale Review Special, and more.

    Congratulations to Karin Tidbeck whose debut collection Jagganath just received the Crawford Award!

    New this week:

    • Apex Magazine featuring Sarah Monette and others.
    • The Second Ghost Story Megapack featuring M.R. James et al.
    • Clarkesworld Magazine (Erzebet YellowBoy, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Greg Kurzawa).
    • Nightmare Magazine (Ted Kosmatka, Sarah Langan, a reprint by Margo Lanagan, and a feature interview with Caitlín R. Kiernan).
    • Lightspeed Magazine (C.C. Finlay, Carrie Vaughn, Genevieve Valentine; reprints from Maureen F. McHugh, Marly Youmans, and John Crowley; interviews with Lois McMaster Bujold and Steven Erikson; ebook-exclusive novella by Tad Williams; an excerpt of Karen Lord’s new novel The Best of All Possible Worlds).
    • Beneath Ceaseless Skies (James L. Sutter and Leslianne Wilder).
    • Locus (Year in Review issue with essays, the Locus 2012 Recommended Reading List, interviews with Catherynne M. Valente and Brian Slattery, etc.).
    • More, always more.

    And, at last! Today is the ebook release day for one of the best, saddest, deepest, most heartbreaking novels we know, Was by Geoff Ryman.

    And for instant gratification, you can read an excerpt from another Small Beer title, Trafalgar, right now at Tor.com: “The Best Day of the Year.”

    Apex Magazine Subscription Drive!

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    Earth and Air Peter DickinsonSteampunk III: Steampunk RevolutionThe Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Three Scott H. Andrews (Editor) et al.Fall is turning out to be a hot season for ebook deals. The BCS Year Three promo is still on for another few days, and here it turns out Apex Magazine is throwing a subscription drive of its own. Hooray!

    Today through November 15th, get $2 off your Apex subscription and they’ll throw your name in on a raffle for all kinds of prizes. See below for the official details from Apex.

    Wow, that is a lot of prizes. I think we’ll throw in one of our own: a $20 gift certificate to one lucky subscriber!

    Also new and tempting this week (note: not actually live ’til midnight): Ann Vandermeer’s third huge steampunk collection from Tachyon, Juliet McKenna’s first Einarinn novel in ebook form for the first time from Wizard’s Tower, one from Wildside, fourteen from Lethe Press, eight from Aqueduct, and, oh yeah, the new Peter Dickinson collection from Small Beer!

    On to the Apex goodies:


    Apex Magazine 12 Month Subscription: $2 off!THE EVENT – Apex Publications is running a subscription drive for Apex Magazine from October 15th through November 15th. During that time, 12-month subscriptions will be available for $17.95, $2.00 off the normal price, through the Apex website and Weightless Books, and monthly subscriptions can be purchased on Amazon for $1.99 a month. Everyone who purchases a subscription during the drive will get a free ebook (one of the volumes of The Book of Apex), plus be entered into a raffle for the chance to win great prizes, such as: Apex books, ebooks formatting, and signed books from authors like Maurice Broaddus, Cherie Priest, Seanan McGuire, and Ellen Datlow. The first 40 people to subscribe will get a signed Apex Magazine sampler. For full details, visit the Apex blog.

    THE MAGAZINE – Released on the first Tuesday of every month, Apex Magazine is a digital e-zine of professional science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The current editor is Lynne M. Thomas, 2011 and 2012 Hugo Award winner.

    Apex Magazine prides itself in publishing a combination of genre luminaries and bright new talents, and was nominated in 2012 for the Hugo for Best Semiprozine.

    THE DEAL – Purchase a 12-month subscription of Apex Magazine for $17.95 or a monthly subscription for $1.99, and be entered into a drawing for great prizes, including signed books and short story copy edits/critiques.  Plus, get a free ebook of one of The Book of Apex volumes.

    THE PRIZES – Story critique by Apex publisher Jason Sizemore, signed books by authors such as Alethea Kontis, Alex Bledsoe, E.E. Knight, Christopher Barzak and many more, ebook formats by Apex editor DeAnna Knippling and Janet Harriett. Plus, many more to come.

    Wizard’s Tower added, Apex reached, Lethe has a green thumb

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    Green Thumb: a novellaOut goes the latest issue of Apex Magazine into the world. It has a story and interview with Genevieve Valentine as well as stories by Kat Howard, Marie Brennan, and Nir Yaniv, an article with the best title ever by Jim C. Hines (“Mighty Axes and Beer-Soaked Beards: The Portrayal of Dwarves in Fantasy”) and Lynne M. Thomas’s editorial. If monthly isn’t enough for your magazine fix, don’t forget that every two weeks there’s a new issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

    We’re happy to announce that we have added the first five titles from Wizard’s Tower Press which is run by our pal Cheryl Morgan over in the UK. Get your Ben Jeapes and Juliet McKenna here. Also this week, new titles from those busy bees at Lethe Press, including the fascinating looking Green Thumb by Tom Cardamone where “Mutability blooms in the Florida Keys after the Red War.” Caught my eye.

    Lethe have also published a few very interesting looking anthologies of late:

    Jeapes Japes


    What else? The new Locus hasn’t arrived at my house yet, but you can get it instantly in pdf, epub, and mobi. It has interviews with Jack Vance and Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, awards winners, an appreciation of Ray Bradbury by his daughter, and all the usual good stuff.

    In Small Beer Press news it was a great weekend as Delia Sherman’s The Freedom Maze had received its third(!) award, the Mythopoeic, and Karen Lord’s debut novel Redemption in Indigo received its fourth(!!), the Carl Brandon Parallax Award.

    There’s also a new Small Beer Podcast wherein Benjamin Rosenbaum’s “Sense and Sensibility” is read by Dave Thompson, and for those who like apps, Joan Aiken’s lovely “The Sale of Midsummer” is now up for free on Consortium’s free Bookslinger short story app.

    Lastly: there were a few errors in the latest issue of Clarkesworld, so we have uploaded the most recent, corrected edition of issue 71 which is now available to all readers and subscribers in the Library.

    DRM? Pah! Plus: Shimmer, Locus, Apex, LS, & much more

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    Shimmer Magazine – Issue 14 coverDRM-free ebooks are in the air (as it were) with MacMillan announcing that all Tor books will be DRM-free by July of this year. We’ve always thought that DRM-free ebooks are the only way to go as they’re the most reader friendly so we’re super happy to see Tor make this great choice. Yay! Well done to everyone involved! We’ll talk to Tor and see if we can get their titles up here once they’re available.

    New this month to Weightless is Shimmer magazine. We have their current issue, #14, available in (yes, DRM-free, ok, ok, I’ll stop) pdf, epub, and mobi, and will be adding pdfs of back issues in coming months. (Ping us if you have a fave issue you’d liked added and we’ll see if we can get those sooner.) I’ve always enjoyed the physical Shimmer—it’s well designed and feels great in the hand—and am looking forward to seeing how it translates into an ebook.

    We just posted the May issues of Locus (interviews with Seanan McGuire and Nick Mamatas, reviews galore), Apex (fiction by Rachel Swirsky, Nnedi Okorafor, et al), and Lightspeed (fiction from Linda Nagata, C. C. Finlay, Nicola Griffith, Catherynne M. Valente, Kage Baker et al, excerpts from new novels by Paolo Bacigalupi and Kim Stanley Robinson, as well as interviews with Vernor Vinge and Michael Chabon). New issues from Clarkesworld and Beneath Ceaseless Skies will also go up in the next couple of days.

    I was talking to a friend who publishes a quarterly magazine recently—naming no names in case it doesn’t work out—and it looks like we may  have a nice announcement about that in the works. We’re always happy to add new magazines and indie publishers. We hope to add NYRSF soon.

    Elsewhere on the site, Wildside are selling a lot of those megapacks and Aqueduct have promised us more ebooks very soon—although like many people we know they are busy, busy with WisCon prep. So sorry we won’t be there this year. Hope to get back soon. We will have a table (courtesy of David J. Schwartz) and will co-sponsor the Genderfloomp dance.

    Since we’re now well into the second quarter of the year, we dropped the price of A Working Writer’s Daily Planner from $3.99 to $2.99 and the Almanac edition from $4.99 to $3.99.

    April BestsellersFireside Magazine – Issue 1 cover - click to view full size

    1. Ginn Hale, Josh Lanyon, Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, Irregulars
    2. Kickstarter prodigy, Fireside Magazine
    3. Melissa Scott, Lisa A. Barnett, Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant
    4. Nancy Kress, Fountain of Age: Stories
    5. Lightspeed Magazine subscription

    In sadder news, we’re sorry to say Something Wicked announced they are officially stopping their monthly publication schedule. We refunded all subscribers and are happy to point readers to their website where they will continue to post individual stories, reviews, and interviews. Back issues are available here—and with luck more back issues will be added as spring goes on. It was a brave run and we wish Joe and Vianne the best of luck with future projects.

    These continue to be interesting times in ebook land with Microsoft and bn.com teaming up together, Google giving everyone the boot (boo), Tor going DRM-free and so on. Weightless exists so that indie publishers and readers could find one another. Thanks for reading, for supporting indie publishing, and for spreading the word, it’s much appreciated! We’re always happy to hear from readers and encourage reviews and comments.

    That’s it. Happy May Day!

    Last day of sale!

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    The Freedom Maze

    Today is the last day of our ***50% off*** Small Beer ebooks—and 25% off anything else and the Apex (win a Nook Tablet) subscription drive!

    Engines = 50% off Livia Llewellyn’s Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors
    Small = 50% off all Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House titles!
    WELCOME = 25% off ANYTHING!

    It’s also the last day of the Apex subscription drive where there are tons of free books on offer as well as a chance at a Nook Tablet.

    Next month we have the last installment (there will be wailing, gnashing of teeth, and more!) of Ginn Hale’s The Rifter. There will be an online party—with giveaways—and we will point you toward it.

    The sale shook things up and the November Bestseller list (so far) is:

    1. Delia Sherman, The Freedom Maze
    2. Maureen F. McHugh, After the Apocalypse
    3. Ginn Hale, Wicked Gentlemen
    4. Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo
    5. Karen Joy Fowler, What I Didn’t See and Other Stories/ Angelica Gorodischer, Kalpa Imperial / Kelley Eskridge, Solitaire

    Apex subscription drive

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    Western MA happens to be buried under 20+ inches of snow this November morning. Though Weightless floats above the mess, its lowly supporters under the drifts are operating at half-capacity. There may be a more elaborate/official announcement when the power comes back on, but for now:

    November is Apex Magazine Subscription Drive month! Subscriptions are 25% off the regular price of $19.95, and at the end of the month, each new subscriber will recieve two free eBooks, Descended from Darkness Vol 1 AND Descended from Darkness Vol 2, the anthologies that gathered the first two years of Apex Magazine.

    Ten random subscribers will also win a trade paperback of Apex’s Stoker Award-nominated anthology DARK FAITH (featuring Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brian Keene, Lavie Tidhar, Ekaterina Sedia, Tom Piccirilli, Alethea Kontis, and 23 others!).

    And! If they reach 200 new subscriptions (this will include readers who add 12 months to their current subscription and new subscribers), Apex will award one random subscriber a . . .

    . . . new and shiny Barnes & Noble Nook Color Nook Tablet!

    Super-Light and PortableSupported File Types

    And as if all that wasn’t enough… we’re welcoming two new presses this week! Circlet Press starts off with three titles of speculative erotica edited by J. Blackmore, and Twelfth Planet Press with the first two volumes of their Twelve Planets novel series (which they promise will be available as a single subscription starting with the third volume), and a pawn-shaped poem from Karen Joy Fowler (!).

    Lightspeed is in, we’re back, we sold a lot of books in March

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    Don’t worry Lightspeed subscribers: your subscription is still working, the site is still here, it’s just that this month’s issue was delayed by the publisher. And that’s it: sent out! Apologies for the delay and thanks for your patience.

    Perhaps not surprising to those who follow Ginn Hale but March was a massive month for us here due to the release of the first part of The Rifter. It’s going so well we’re hoping to bring you more serials and at some point we’ll start releasing original Weightless Books ebooks. But more on that in the future.

    Before the bestsellers I should mention that on the first Monday of the month we added new issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, and Fantasy magazines. Apex just transferred their subscribers over here: hi everyone! About 2% of subscribers had problems which Michael sorted out pretty quickly. As ever: more subscriptions will be coming soon. And, Michael has a story in the new issue of Apex: check it out!

    March 2011

    1. The Rifter Subscription & The Rifter 1: The Shattered Gates, Ginn Hale
    2. Lord of the White Hell Book One and Book Two, Ginn Hale
    3. Fantasy Magazine 12-Month Subscription
    4. Lightspeed Magazine Annual Ebook Subscription
    5. Apex Magazine 12-Month Subscription
      Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale

    Darn website. Why does it want to run the bottom of the list right into the text below? Here’s some hard to read text to move them apart.

    Besides all the magazine fun we added another of John Joseph Adams‘s huge anthologies, The Way of the Wizard; an anthology of three space operas, Battlestations, from David Drake; and  the promising-looking Promises, Promises by L-J Baker:

    Sandy Blunt, witch, has big dreams but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. The punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death. With the help of ill-assorted companions, including a self-professed princess in disguise with a wild imagination, a self-absorbed member of the royal guard, and the not-so-average girl next door, Sandy has a year and a day to travel to far-flung places–encountering such dangerous creatures as a dragon who writes awful poetry, slovely elves, and boarding house landladies–to collect the weird and magical items needed to turn her prophecies into promises and so evade the executioner

    Get Invisible (Publishing)!

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    Apex Magazine Issue 18 coverThis week we have more. More? Well, turns out the same way I keep getting hungry despite previously having eaten, people need new books despite having previously bought others. . . . So this week we have:

    More books from Canada’s best, Invisible Publishing, including:

    Homing, the story of Leah, a woman who’s grown afraid of the outdoors; a ghost that’s lost its way; a musician who’s trying to find his; and Sandy and Harold, a pair of homing pigeons who help get them all back home.
    The Art of Trespassing explores the systems and structures that frame our everyday lives. Contributors imagine networks, neighbourhoods and relationships, exposing them as both confining and liberating.
    The Transits collection embodies what Invisible Publishing is all about: encouraging storytellers, helping new and emerging writers develop their craft and find an audience. Featuring the work of ten new Canadian writers, this is not a collection of travel stories, but stories in which movement is central—stories exploring the pace(s) and places of our increasingly decentralized lives.


    More backlist issues of the very-popular from Apex Magazine. I should point you toward #18, “Our special Arab/Muslim themed issue,” which features Nebula Finalist “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar.

    Last week’s Sub Press additions are proving quite popular with Connie Willis and Elizabeth Bear sneaking out into the front as most read so far.

    Price Cuts

    We dropped the prices on many backlist Small Beer Press titles by 30%! And while were at it, dropped the price of a couple of Lethe Press from $5.99 to $2.99!

    Welcome: Subterranean Press!


    It’s been a great week here and we’re very happy to add one of the largest, highest-quality indie publishers in the sf/f/h world, Subterranean Press. Bill Schafer and the folks at Sub Press put out beautiful limited, hardcover, and paperback books and you’ll be very happy to know that they’ve applied that level of care to their ebooks—and at great prices. If you’re interested in their print editions, they have a great email newsletter you should subscribe to. We added about 30 of their titles including: John Scalzi’s dark fantasy, The God Engines, four volumes of Robert’s Silverberg’s short stories (i.e. #3: Something Wild is Loose), The Best of Michael Swanwick, Kelley Armstrong’s Counterfeit Magic, and quite a few titles from both Cherie Priest (e.g.Clementine) and Elizabeth Bear (e.g. New Amsterdam).

    Also this week: more Apex! We’ve added a few back issues of Apex Magazine—with more TK in upcoming weeks—as well as anthologies, collections, and novels such as Maurice Broaddus’s Dark Faith, Sara M. Harvey’s The Labyrinth of the Dead, Gary Barunbeck’s To Each Their Darkness, And Dru Pagliassotti’s An Agreement with Hell.

    In other news, the second installment of The Rifter came in—plus covers for installments four and five showing that Blind Eye Books are on it. Good news for subscribers!

    Next week: more books from our friends at Lethe and maybe news about more subscriptions (as if Apex and Fantasy and Clarkesworld aren’t enough! Because, you know, they’re not!).

    We’re really appreciative that readers are looking around and finding books from more one press or author. Thank you for helping keep all these indies strong!

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