Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Apex



Agent of V.A.L.I.S. by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueApex 82
(Surreal) Thomas knows this world is an illusion, a "Black Iron Prison." V.A.L.I.S. tells him he needs to escape, if he can only figure out what's real.
Lazarus And The Amazing Kid Phoenix by Jennifer Giesbrecht  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 86
(Superheroes) A kid who was burned to death returns to life as a human torch, eager for revenge. Old Man Gasper has a similar story, a different power, and advises caution.
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The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon  Time: 46m (Novelette)  IssueApex 80
(Fantasy) Someone (or something) is taking Grandma Harken's tomatoes, but finding the thief leads to a real mystery--and danger.

Short Story

1957 by Stephen Cox2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 84
(SF Horror) Daniel is 17, attends a British boys school, and is very happy except in those moments when he remembers a very different life.
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After We Walked Away by Erica L. Satifka  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 90
(Portal Fantasy) Blank and Cipher walked away from Solution City for moral reasons, but once they see what our world is like, they have regrets.
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Anabaptist by Daniel Rosen1  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 81
(SF) Ephraim never questioned God's Will until the morning when the sun went out.
Bones of the World by Jennifer Hykes  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 80
(Dark Fantasy) Maggie's fisherman father died at sea recently, and since then, she seems to have acquired some supernatural powers.
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Cottage Country by David K. Yeh  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 84
(Modern Fantasy) Pete buys some land far enough back in the country that he's prepared for wolves or even bears, and he carries silver bullets for a different threat.
Cuckoo Girls by Douglas F. Warrick  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 85
(Horror) Nikki and Samantha are on the run from luminous monsters that are trying to kill them--and anyone they care about who's near them.
Damnatio Ad Beastias by Kristi DeMeester  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 89
(Modern Fantasy) Government-issued anti-werewolf pills don't work for Madeline, but the drugs from her dealer are hit-or-miss.
Death Flowers of a Never-Forgotten Love by Jason Sanford  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 82
(SF) The not-quite-human narrator mourns the death of his/her all-too-human lover amidst human mourners who want to forget about him/her entirely.
Every Winter by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 90
(Horror) Halla is an artist, and every winter she rents a villa where she can work with almost no human interaction at all.
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Fall To Her by Alexis A. Hunter  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(SF) You work construction in deep space, but you hear a woman's song in your head, calling for you to come to her.
Folk Hero by Mary Pletsch  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 85
(Military SF) Corporal Beckett wants to avenge his father, who was killed by a legendary sniper. The rebels against Terra sing songs about the sniper, and they may hold the clue to finding him.
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I Remember Your Face by E.K. Wagner1  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(Post Apocalypse) Ket grew up after the bombs, in a bunker with her anarchist parents. Now she's a bounty hunter, seeking a very special target.
Pagpag by Samuel Marzioli  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 89
(Zombie) Jay helps hunt zombies at night, but he secretly want to find his wife's zombie to say goodbye.
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Razorback by Ursula Vernon  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 80
(Folk Tale) Sal, the country witch, took a razorback hog as her familiar and named him Rawhead. Sal was a good witch, but then Rawhead disappeared. Simple, but effective.
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Red Christmas by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 91
(Alternate History Hardboiled Detective) A movie star facing blackmail comes to Adolph Hitler's private detective agency in 1937 London.
Screaming Without a Mouth by Travis Heermann  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 82
(Horror) Yukiko's best friend just died, one of her other friends has lost his mouth, and she's starting to think there's a connection.
Soursop by Chikodili Emelumadu  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 80
(SF) The narrator watches a cooking show beamed down to the miserable remains of Earth from the happy people who live in the habitats above.
Starpower by Christopher Shultz  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 86
(Horror) The singer in a band copes with the discovery that one of his songs caused people to commit suicide.
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That Lucky Old Sun by Carrie Cuinn  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 80
(SF) Melanie's mother wants Melanie to stay indoors today so she can "spend all the minutes I have left with you," but the fifth-grader thinks something's wrong with that.
The Beast at the End of Time by Benjanun Sriduangkaew  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 81
(SF) As the world approaches destruction, the Beast awakens, armed with information that may stave off destruction.
The Behemoth Beaches by Maggie Slater  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 84
(Fantasy) A behemoth offers to help a fishing town that's running out of fish. It got off to a good start, but things seem to have gone very wrong.
The Four Gardens of Fate by Betsy Phillips  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 81
(Paranormal) Fifteen-year-old Kayla can predict the future, but she wants to avoid the bad things that have happened to her other gifted relatives.
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The Gentleman Of Chaos by A. Merc Rustad  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 87
(High Fantasy) An immortal assassin threatens the new king, so he has his sister trained as the ultimate bodyguard.
The Island in the Attic by Natalia Theodoridou  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 90
(Surreal) The woman hears the attic breathing, the birds and her womb talking to her, and she might have left her child on the beach.
The Laura Ingalls Experience by Andrew Neil Gray  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 83
(SF) Ella comes to Earth to find peace after the death of her sister, and she joins a group of tourists recreating the Little House on the Prairie series.
The Love It Bears Fair Maidens by K.T. Bryski  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 91
(Fantasy) Unicorn hunting is more complicated if the virgin freaks out and runs when she sees the thing.
The Old Man and the Phoenix by Alexandria Baisden1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 88
(Slipstream) An old man lies dying, his faithful companion at his side.
The Open-Hearted by Lettie Prell  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 80
(SF) Palmer makes a living promoting fads, and he thinks the body modifications called "stomata" have enormous potential.
The Prince Who Gave Up Her Empire by Benjanun Sriduangkaew  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 88
(High Fantasy) A prophesy says Prince Terasadh will either immortalize her empire or else destroy it. Naturally the prince wants to know which it's going to be.
The Teratologist's Brother by Brandon H. Bell  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 83
(Modern Fantasy) If Telly can figure out why his sensible brother Peter got into the occult, maybe he can figure out who (or what) murdered him--before it kills him too.
The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer by Abhinav Bhat1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 88
(Religious Fantasy) An old man quizzes a dying youth in a place between life and death.
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Uncontainable by Helen Stubbs  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 91
(Horror) A mad little child speaks only to the boarder, and her message is too terrible to believe.
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When She Comes by Onu-Okpara Chiamaka1  Time: 00m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 90
(Horror) Death comes for the witch-doctor, but he's not ready to go quite yet.
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