Saturday, June 27, 2009

Apex Magazine returns from hiatus

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Full details found here:

We’re pulling Apex Magazine out of hiatus and plan on releasing a new issue on the first Monday of July (July 6th).

Why now? And why the magazine? As I’ve said before, I’m stubborn. That’s playing a role in this decision. But I also try to be sensible when it comes to expensive business decisions. This time, I have a better plan in terms of financing the magazine.

It’s three-tier revenue stream…or three different ways our readers can help support the magazine that also provides them added value for their financial investment.

Tier One: Minion Support via sponsorship
We’ve setup three different levels of sponsorship–$50, $250, $1000. For each level of sponsorship, you get a certain amount of stuff in return. Using this option, Apex receives all the money minus our e-commerce shop’s surcharge (3%) and the credit card surcharge (3%).

Tier Two: Support via Apex Magazine POD purchase or via donation
We’re going to experiment with the magazine POD service. For each issue, we’re going to design and sell a full color print version of Apex Magazine available for purchase through This should be a great solution to those who want to read Apex in print format without waiting for the anthology. Buying the magazine should net $3-$4 in the Apex reserves.
Alternatively, we’ll work harder to earn your donations if you want to support the magazine by that route. Naturally, all donation money goes to Apex minus the previously mentioned surcharges.

Tier Three: Buy a copy of Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I
This is the upcoming anthology that contains all the original fiction printed digitally in Apex Magazine from January 1st, 2008 through June 30th, 2009. By buying this anthology, you’ll be directly supporting both the magazine and the book side of Apex. Descended From Darkness comes out December 1st, 2009. If you buy the book straight out of our shop, Apex will net approximately $8-$10.

Apex Magazine will be published in July and August. If the support is there from the readers, we’ll keep on publishing. We need $500 a month to finance the magazine. With a combination of these three options, we hope to meet that $500 goal each month.

And yes, Apex Magazine will be open to submissions starting July 1st.

Other Apex News:

Author lottery:

eBook release of LAST DRAGON:

Also, we're closing to novel slush at the end of the month.

Halloween contest:

And finally...Dark Faith open to subs:

Apex Book Company - Dark SF, Fantasy, and Horror:

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cover art for PLAGUE ZONE

This just came in from Jeff Carlson:

It's in! It's in! We have artwork for PLAGUE ZONE at last. I think this is my strongest cover yet. Certainly it's eye-catching, gritty, and wild... And here's the funny part. When I talk about my books in person or online, I like to poke fun at myself and explain that while, yes, of course, they're excellently written and full of moving human drama and real emotion, at the core these novels are also supposed to be fun, so they're full of exploding helicopters and super-cool advanced weapons technology.

Well, apparently Ace thinks so, too.

You can see the cover at Even better, if you click on that baby, it gets ultra big, crisp, and detailed. Shazam!!!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Extreme Liquidation publishes June 1st with

Extreme Liquidation, the second novel of the Caitlin Diggs series, is now available at

Extreme Liquidation is science fiction, reminiscent of The X-Files and Fringe with conspiracies, paranormal happenings and FBI investigations. FBI Special Agent Caitlin Diggs must stop the evil occultist Aleister Crowley, now reincarnated as the FBI Director, from using a psychotropic drug to bring about the End Time. Diggs, recently endowed with psychic abilities, believes Crowley is trying to liquidate humanity to open a fourth dimension or heaven he calls the Golden Mean Spiral.

Diggs first appeared in Starta's novel, Blood Web.

Starta, a former journalist, now writes science fiction and mystery novels. His website is