Jason B. Sizemore has built his own “House of Imagination” in his home base of Lexington, Kentucky, the place where Apex Publications originates. Starting with the foundation that was Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, Sizemore has carefully cultivated his vision so that it is now a leading force in sharing new and established voices in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres.
While Apex’s backlist may not rival that of many of its contemporaries in size, it can easily stand toe-to-toe quality-wise with houses like Cemetery Dance and Subterranean Press. The Apex catalog is particularly heavy on anthologies, which has allowed them to give space to a large variety of voices and visions. A couple of their standout collections include:
Dark Faith: This 2010 anthology from editors Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon was nominated for multiple awards and was successful enough to spawn a sequel, Dark Faith: Invocations, which is slated for a September 2012 release. The original featured stories by over 20 authors, each of them taking a look at the idea of belief. The stories went beyond simple tales of damnation and salvation, closely examining the passion that drives belief in tales that ranged from dark comedy to outright horror.
Appalachian Undead: This book isn’t scheduled for release until later this year, but a glimpse at the table of contents shows it’s a virtual lock to be one of Apex’s most successful releases. Authors such as John Everson, Gary Braunbeck, Tim Lebbon, Ronald Kelly and Elizabeth Massie transplant the zombie genre to the Appalachians, a setting that is ripe for tales of tragic beauty.
In addition to its robust book list, Apex also publishes a monthly magazine, Apex Magazine, a web-only collection of fiction and nonfiction that hits its fortieth issue this month. Issues appear the first Tuesday of every month, bringing readers an eclectic mix of veterans and newcomers. Content from current issues is available throughout the month, and Apex can be downloaded for a variety of digital readers, either by single issue or year-long subscription.
While Apex casts a wide net as far as subject matter goes, the common thread that remains is the quality of the work it publishes. By continuing to recognize and publish some of the strongest talent in the field, Apex has established a solid foothold in the market and will no doubt continue to make its many voices heard.
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Blu Gilliand is a freelance writer of fiction and nonfiction. He covers horror fiction at his blog, October Country, and contributes interviews to the Horror World website. Follow him on Twitter at @BluGilliand.