Apex Publications has signed current Hugo Award nominated editor Lynne M. Thomas to head its science fiction, fantasy, and horror periodical Apex Magazine.

Apex Magazine is a professional level venue currently publishing on a monthly schedule. As of August 10th, twenty-seven issues have been released, and during that time talented writers such as Jeff VanderMeer, Seanan McGuire, and Theodora Goss have appeared within its pages. In 2010, work from the magazine earned Nebula, Million Writer, and Rhysling Award nominations. Under the guidance of its current editor, New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente, the magazine has seen its circulation increase to 12,000 unique visitors a month to its website.

“Under the editorial hand of Cat Valente, Apex Magazine has become one of the leading sources of short form science fiction, fantasy, and horror,” says Apex owner and publisher Jason Sizemore. “Having someone as talented and well-regarded as Lynne Thomas taking over the editorial wheel this November makes me confident that our magazine will only continue to rise in stature and readership.”

The hiring of Lynne Thomas caps a highly successful year for Apex Publications that includes signing multi-award winning authors such as Gary A. Braunbeck and Brian Keene, the release of the highly acclaimed and Stoker nominated anthology Dark Faith, and the parent imprint picking up national distribution via Diamond Book Distributors.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be following in the footsteps of Catherynne M. Valente at such an exciting time for Apex Publications.” said Lynne M. Thomas, editor of the Hugo-nominated essay collection Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. “Apex Magazine has thrived with Cat as its editor, publishing cutting-edge and award-worthy dark science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction and poetry. I look forward to continuing and building upon her editorial legacy.”

Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 50 SF/F authors. She is the co-author of Special Collections 2.0, a book about web 2.0 technologies and special collections in libraries with Beth Whittaker (Libraries Unlimited, 2009), as well as academic articles about cross-dressing in dime novels and using libraries to survive the zombie apocalypse. She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, and Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, essay collections celebrating women involved in media fandoms and the production of television series, published by Mad Norwegian Press. Her next book will be Chicks Dig Comics, with Sigrid Ellis (2012).

Current plans call for issue thirty (November, 2011) to be Lynne’s first.

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