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Editorials for the magazine

Couped Up

  Abyss & Apex’s last two reading periods for both Fiction and Poetry had an incredible number of submissions. Apparently, lots of people who had time on their hands due to being stuck at home via Corvid-19 decided to use … Continue reading

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Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 75

I imagine being sheltered in place is one reason why nearly 300 poems have been submitted in the month of May 2020 for the 3rd and 4th quarter issues (75 and 76, resp.) I anguished over making the selections because … Continue reading

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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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