Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Apex Magazine

An Unexpected Boon by S.B. Divya  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 102
(Modern Fantasy (India)) Little Kalyani might be autistic, but no one in her village knows what that means. A passing sage offers her a boon, but it’s not at all a cure.
Aunt Dissy's Policy Dream Book by Sheree RenΓ©e Thomas  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 95
(Horror) Cassie uses the Sight to earn a living, but visions only come to her in dreams, and some dreams aren’t meant to be told.
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Behind Her, Trailing Like Butterfly Wings by Daniela Tomova1  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 103
(Apocalypse) Space-time anomalies are destroying the world. Some survivors live in “oases,” which are mostly protected but other walk the road following a mysterious woman. Mallow interviews a roadie to find out why.
Black Hole Heart by K.A. Teryna  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(Horror) Your life has been on hold ever since you stopped at a diner 65 years ago, and you never stop wondering what might have been.
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Cut, Cut, Cut by Walter Mosley  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 95
(Horror) Marilee dates a brilliant plastic surgeon who might have murdered his ex-wife and has an unhealthy interest in brains.
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Elena's Angel by Aimee Ogden  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(Modern Fantasy) Thanks to divine inspiration, Elena creates paintings beyond anything normal mortals can do, but her gift comes with a price, and she’s come to see it as a curse, not a blessing.
How Lovely Is the Silence of Growing Things by Evan Dicken  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 96
(Apocalypse) The world is ending, but Kate and her daughter Mel survive by hiding in the basement during the day eating peanut-butter-and-spider sandwiches.
If a Bird Can Be a Ghost by Allison Mills1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 99
(Slipstream) Shelly’s grandma teaches her how to deal with ghosts so she can continue the family ghost business.
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L'appel du vide by Rich Larson  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 98
(Near-Future SF) Pau is sure that his kidnappers want information about the secret project he’s working on, but why don’t they ever ask him any questions?
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Luminaria by John Hornor Jacobs  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueApex 94
(Horror) In a remote part of Arkansas, Victoria plans to celebrate her 100th birthday in style.
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Mag, the Habitat and We by Lia Swope Mitchell  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Horror) A city inspection in a week creates a crisis for the small creatures who scurry around Mag’s house. They think she’s their mother. She thinks they’re rats, when she thinks about them at all.
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My Struggle by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 101
(Alternate History) Adolph Hitler, a failing private investigator in London, tries to locate a relic alleged to be the spear that pierced the side of Christ.
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Next Station, Shibuya by Iori Kusano1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Modern Fantasy) Nagiko lives in Tokyo and loves to explore her city. Her city loves her too and has plans for her.
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Penelope Waits by Dennis Danvers  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 101
(Alien Abduction) Cindy’s boyfriend says alien’s abducted him, but she’s sure he was with another woman. Up until the aliens contact her too.
Queen of Dirt by Nisi Shawl  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 93
(Contemporary Fantasy; Brit Williams) Teenage Brit enjoys teaching little kids at a Seattle Experience Outreach camp, even though she senses that something evil haunts the abandoned bunkers up the hill.
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Say, She Toy by Chesya Burke  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 95
(Horror) Cloe is a black android built to let white people act out their aggressions.
Skinny Charlie's Orbiting Teepee by Pamela Rentz  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 99
(SF) Charlie’s one of the original colonists on the Indian space colony, but he’s having trouble setting up a display of his old artifacts from Earth.
So Sings the Siren by Annie Neugebauer  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 101
(Horror) A little girl accompanies her mother to a performance by a “siren.” What does it really mean to suffer for your art?
Soliloquy in a Cheap Dinner Off Route 66 by James Beamon  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(Time Manipulation) Lolonyo keeps rewinding his initial meeting with Aliza, sure he can eventually make it perfect.
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The Bells by Lyndsie Manusos  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 93
(Fantasy Horror) Bishop created Mary, a living doll, and charges local men to see her perform. She resents doing it, and she resents the way he keeps tinkering with her. But what can she do?
The Case of the Mysterious Meat by Kate Ingram1  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 101
(Slipstream) Is the Salisbury Steakhouse serving meat from their petting zoo? Detective Mauve means to find out.
The Dark Birds by Ursula Vernon  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 92
(Horror) There are always three sisters. When one gets big, Father eats her, and Mother has a new baby. This is the story of how that cycle ended.
The Edge of Things by Katharine E.K. Duckett  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 103
(Alternate Reality) The narrator wakes up every day to an endless party in an infinite house that seems to have replaced the whole world. She’d like to get out, but she can’t even remember her own name.
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The Invisible Box by J.J. Litke2  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 92
(SF) Viola seeks revenge against the people who mistreated her mother in a rest home.
The Lightning Bird by Kristi DeMeester  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 100
(Horror) Gable is just a teenager when her mother dies, but the old women expect her to take her place and do her magic.
The Man in the Crimson Coat by Andrea Tang2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 100
(Dystopia) Josefina seeks the android freedom fighter who raised her.
The Selkie Wives by Kendra Fortmeyer1  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 95
(Fairy Tale) In which we learn that there’s more than one way for a fisherman to find a selkie wife, and lots of ways it can turn out.
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The Three-Tongued Mummy by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 96
(Horror) Jackson partly revived an ancient mummy to use in his carnival. The undead thing has an agenda too, though.
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The Trip by Mari Kurisato  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 99
(Colony Ship) A woman on a colony ship tries to save the life of her best friend.
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The Turing Machines of Babel by Eric Schwitzgebel  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 98
(Magical Realism) Hamete lives in Borges’s “Library of Babel,” and his life changes forever when he follows a rabbit into the depths.
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(Horror) Wilder’s girlfriend wants him to meet her mother. In the middle of the night, in the wetlands near the Mississippi river.
Tumbledown by Kameron Hurley  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueApex 100
(SF Adventure) If Sarai and Khulan can’t get the vaccine to Batbayer settlement, the whole colony may perish from the plague.
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Untilted by K.A. Teryna  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueApex 102
(Modern Fantasy (Russian)) Little Marcus walks the Moscow Metro at Midnight looking for stray animals and lost souls to heal. But he needs something too.
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Waste by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 94
(Dystopia) Thirteen-year-old Eudora works on the Heap west of Sydney, where defective children of the upper class are dumped. But she’s whole and wants a better deal.
Welcome to Astuna by Pip Coen1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 97
(SF Mystery) Jane wakes up in a strange place. Did her professor drug her? And why is she suddenly 18 years older?
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(Near-Future SF) Jesse uses virtual reality to give tourists a vision-quest experience. It’s demeaning, but it pays the bills. Then a tourist turns up who wants a really authentic experience.
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You Too Shall Be Psyche by Rich Larson  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueApex 93
(SF Horror) Beautiful Reva makes a forbidden visit to the God in the Pit to tell him he made a mistake choosing her plain sister for his bride.

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