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Editorials for the magazine

Editorial: Online this Time

When there have been pandemics in the past that necessitated quarantines — voluntary or otherwise — loneliness and boredom were probably much more of a problem. Let us be grateful for the resources that we have, whether online friends, online … Continue reading

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Introduction to Poetry Issue 74

In this issue, there is a significant amount of surrealistic work (some with formalism). As a refresher from the Poetry Foundation. Surrealism is an “artistic philosophy that took hold in 1920s Paris and spread throughout the world in the decades … Continue reading

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Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 73

Introduction to Issue 73 Poetry First, I want to congratulate the following nominees for the 2019 Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes: Pushcart (Poetry) Gretchen Tessmer, “The Right Hand of Starlight” (Issue 70) Tristan Beiter, “Mother of Cacti” (Issue … Continue reading

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Help Wanted

Abyss & Apex had two positions open: Art Director and Publicist Art Director job FILLED Welcome, Bonnie Brunish! Note: we’ve received some criticism for not making this very part-time postilion a paying one, and by very part time I mean … Continue reading

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Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 72

The last issue of 2019 will not disappoint you, it is filled with the typically awesome group of poets whose work I’ve had the privelage of reading from all over the world: Ntil • Luigi Coppola (Sidcup, Kent, UK) Night … Continue reading

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What Makes an A&A Story?

What makes an Abyss & Apex story? It’s an intangible quality, basically a matter of taste, which is why all authors are wise to read a few back issues of any magazine before submitting to them. But there are some factors … Continue reading

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Fear and Shadows: The Line Between Horror and Dark Fantasy

Fear and Shadows: The Line Between Horror and Dark Fantasy Characters deal with horrid things: Lois McMaster Bujold puts Miles Vorkosigan’s brother through hell in her novel Mirror Dance. In Crystal Rain Tobias Buckell has “Azteca” warriors sacrifice people to bloodthirsty alien “gods.” C.J. Cherryh subjects a character … Continue reading

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Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 71

The number of submissions has nearly doubled as well as the number of quality poems received in May. It was difficult to turn away many good poems this July and the forthcoming October issue. However, some poems I simply could … Continue reading

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Introduction to Issue 70 Poetry

We are pleased to publish the following great speculative poems that are also possessed with literary depth. Authors are from all over the country. We open with The Right Hand of Starlight by Gretchen Tessmer (Gouverneur, NY), an ethereal poem … Continue reading

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Rejectomancy Revisited

(Editor’s note: This is a reposting, with updated information, about what A&A’s rejection letters mean. Please note that the following haikus are for entertainment purposes only. Sadly, we do not send rejections that contain haikus. ) Burnt manuscriptHas gotten on … Continue reading

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