The Boredom of the Shocking

1Q 2017 Editorial: The Boredom of the Shocking

Just now, I rejected another story that was trying to be cutting edge, outrageous. It’s a common way of trying to get “known,” a method of artistic expression that tries to burst past the gatekeepers of the arts and make a name for itself.


Introduction to Issue 61 Poetry

Holiday greetings to all and a wish for a Happy New Year!

In the spirit of the season, the slate of poems opens with my donated contribution, “Ursa Major” by John C. Mannone (Niota, TN), a subverted sonnet, which was a fun to write. Hopefully it will provide enjoyment on several levels.

I find it […]

BOOK LAUNCH: The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume 2

It’s here, as an ebook! Get’ em while they’re hot, or wait for the print version later this week.


“The Last Tower” – CJ Cherryh “How Strange the Starship’s Shudder” – Michael R. Fosburg “Socorro” – S. L. Knapp “Thesaurus (Not a Prehistoric Animal)” – Robert Borski “Emmett, Joey & the […]

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 60

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 60

The slate of eight poems begins with a surreal poem, “No Panic” (Justin Holliday/ Central, SC), but changes up to black humor, “Trading Disguise” (Sara Cordova/ Albuquerque, NM), which is Sara’s first publication! “Déjà Voyage” (Catherine Moore/ Nashville, TN), a fanciful fantasy hybrid piece consisting of flash poem sections […]

4Q 2016 Editorial: Selling the Dream

Let me sell you on a dream.

In magazines, some “how-to” books, and on reality TV, readers and viewers often fantasize about doing grandiose things someday, or “living in a place like that”–off the grid or in a castle–or traveling somewhere far distant. The people who are selling these […]

3Q 2016 Editorial


Let’s talk about flash fiction for a while, shall we?

You may not have realized it, but June 15 was National Flash Fiction Day here in the USA.

Flash fiction is very short–usually defined as 1,000 words or less (A&A allows 1,250) but still a complete story, where things change and […]

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 59

Welcome to the July 2016 issue of Abyss & Apex poetry. Many excellent poems have been submitted in May. Of the 150 poems, we are delighted to publish 9 in this issue (and another 9 in the October issue):

“Death of a flower” by Mercedes Webb-Pullman (Kapiti Coast, New Zealand) “Old Wine” by Eric Baron […]

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 58

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 58

Welcome to the spring issue full of remarkable poetry. I did my best to enhance the experience with artwork (some as found, others combined/overlaid in PowerPoint with image effects applied). A few comments on the poetry and artwork are sequentially listed below:

1. “Revolution” by Holy Lyn Walrath (Seabrook, […]

My Favorite Science Fiction Stories

In my library is a small volume titled My Favorite Science Fiction Story edited Martin H. Greenberg (DAW, 1999). Greenberg asked a number of prominent SF writers to name their favorite reads, and it contains tales beloved of Connie Willis, Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, Arthur C. Clarke, and more. It was […]

January 2016 Poetry Introduction

January 2016 Poetry Introduction

I am delighted to present these poems to kick off the 2016 season. Out of hundreds of submissions, these poems offer something fresh.

The issue opens with Time Clock By Christiaan Sabatelli (Highland, NY) with the evocative line, “No one remembers Death’s employees.” Simon Perchik (East Hampton, NY) continues the theme […]