Apex Magazine regularly puts out a podcast that features short science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Below are my reviews more of the podcasts. Podcasts 1-5 are reviewed over HERE. You can find all their podcasts HERE. Lynne M. Thomas narrates Podcast #6. Podcasts #7, #8, #9, and #10 are narrated by Windy Bowlsby. Apex Magazine is currently doing a Subscription Drive and they have plenty of interesting bookish things up for grabs – autographed books, postcards, the entire Apex Magazine ever, even knitted hats. Yes. Knitted.
Podcast #6: What You’ve Been Missing by Maria Dahvana Headley
Betty’s husband is losing it. Somewhere, there’s hooves beating upon waves and it seems he’s the only one who can hear them. Wow! This was an intense story. It’s sadly sweet with a touch of magic to it as well. ~19 minutes long. The narrator did a good job with this one, especially portraying the emotions of the frustrated man.
Podcast # 7: Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon
In 30 minutes, Vernon has painted a desert full of magical beings. The story focuses on the jackalope wives. They dance to firelight and their grace and alien beauty attract Granma’s reckless grandson. Pretty soon, damage is done and it’s up to Granma to fix it. This was an elegant piece that says so much in a short amount of time. Being a desert dweller myself, I really liked the jackalopes with their little horns. Granma is the unsung hero of this tale. The narration was very good complete with various character voices.
Podcast #8: Maria and the Pilgrim by Rich Larson
This is another excellent podcast. Set in a small village, the pilgrim is coming and all the villagers give thanks to Jesus. There’s little hints along the way that the ‘pilgrim’ isn’t what the villagers think he is. The villagers themselves, including young Maria, all have an odd but important mutation. It’s simply an excellent story. The narration was very good on this one. There’s a variety of character voices and Bosby performs both male and female voices very well. ~30 minutes.
Podcast #9: Waking by Cat Hellisen
This is an eerie story about angels. In fact, I’m not convinced they are angels but the people in the story have no better name for them. From the sky, silent and unmoving, they would expire shortly upon touching the earth. Three siblings may be the key to understanding them. It’s an interesting little piece. I feel it ends a bit too early as I really wanted to see where things go from there. I will have to look up the author and see if she ever built upon this tale. The narration was really good. I liked the kid and teen voices used for the characters. ~30 minutes.
Podcast #10: Repairing the World by John Chu
This story took a little bit for me to understand what was going on. Set in a world where men and women, for the most part, have distinct roles in society, Lila and Bridger break some of those societal rules. Lila repairs rifts between worlds and actually attends university – very unladylike! I really enjoyed her character and could feel her frustration at being hampered by society believing that women were unfit for certain duties. Meanwhile, Bridger is a linguist, which is a pretty mighty job as there are plenty of people popping in and out of their rift-torn world that need to communicate. Bridger also prefers the company of men but he lives in a world where homosexuality is an arrestable offence. Once I got into the story, I was caught up in these two main characters. It’s them that pulled me and wouldn’t let me leave their tale until it was over. The narration was great on this one. Bridger sounded like the big moody, gruff guy he was. Lila sounded a little precocious as she worked hard to keep her job. ~30 minutes long.