Apocalypse Ink Productions buys Vorare and Kendrick

Apocalypse Ink Productions has purchased Famished: The Farm, the debut novel of author Ivan Ewert. The book is based on Ewert’s web series Vorare, that was previously published by The Edge of Propinquity webzine. Famished: The Farm, which contains themes of isolation, cannibalism, and familial ties, has given members of the AIP staff shivers and nightmares. Famished: The Farm, is scheduled for an October 2012 release.


Apocalypse Ink Productions has purchased the Karen Wilson Chronicles by author Jennifer Brozek. The quartet of novellas is based on Brozek's Kendrick series, published in The Edge of Propinquity webzine. The series follows 911 operator Karen Wilson as her ordinary life in the Pacific Northwest is turned upside down by a cryptic supernatural phone call. The series is edited by John Helfers, and the first novella will be out in November 2012.
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"A Moment of Hope" takes the People's Choice Award for Best Horror!

(Cross posted from Through the Shutter)

Kyle watched his hand reach out to her face.  Just as he was about to touch her, she shrieked through her stitched jaw and wiggled on her pedestal.  Kyle backed away, and she yelled louder.  He whispered to her to be quiet, but she wouldn't stop squirming. -- Squirm by Doug Goodman
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A Moment Of Hope. Originally published on April 14th, 2008, for the short story SQUIRM by Doug Goodman on the Edge of Propinquity.

I am very pleased that I was awarded the People's Choice Award for Best Horror in the Norwescon 35 Art Show. I am very gratefull to everyone who voted for my work and I'm sure it wasn't an easy decission as there was some wonderful horror pieces in the show this year.

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Last night I updated the front page to reflect the end of the magazine and put all of the archives front and center. There was a pang as I listed out the fourteen different universe stories for people to wander.

This isn't the end of the Edge of Propinquity but it will be a while before the two projects in progress come into fruition.

In the meantime, visitors have six years worth of archives to read.
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I've been 'writing' for 25 years, but it took The Edge of Propinquity - and Jennifer Brozek - to make me see what writing was.

In 2005, Jenn invited me to contribute a serial horror story to her new online magazine. It sounded like a challenge and an opportunity, one I wanted to take on. I don't read much horror and don't watch many horror movies, a fact I don't think she realized - but the most horrific thing I could think of was, at the time, the centerpiece of Vorare.

As a serial, I wrapped it up at the end of the year with my protagonist's death. That's when Jenn asked what happened next. It hadn't occurred to me this would be a multi-year gig, but I had some ideas. I learned a good deal about editorial requests and taking direction; all in the spirit of getting a better story. We talked back and forth for a couple of days, until I knew how to bring someone back from the dead. Gordon Velander stuck with me another two years, getting grimmer and more bloody as time and tide went on.

We dropped our share of deadlines, Gordon and I. We missed cues and I missed tons of opportunities to make the story as good as it could be. We were younger and rawer, lazier and unsure. But we learned as we went, until in 2009, our partnership ended. I was tired of horror, and wanted to turn my hand to a suburban fantasy.

Solstice had promise, but was born at an awkward time. I felt the steam slacken around month six and learned some solid lessons about planning and outlining, about characterization, about the difference between a cautious, normal decision and an exciting, dramatic one. By the first quarter of the second year Jenn and I both knew Solstice was ending - and I was afraid my welcome was, too.

In August, I pitched Idolwood.

I put more work into Idolwood than into any project I'd been on before, because I had come to understand how much the Edge and Jenn deserved. They inspired me to be my best, to work harder, to try something bigger. At first it made me proud to be a part of their work and their legacy; and today, I feel both blessed, humble, and sad to see the end.

There are a lot of people to thank for the last six years. Saan Saturday, Erica Lira and Anastasia Storer, the first who made me believe I could make a go of it. Jen Bryant, Kerry Patterson, Jennifer Richards, and Aaron Dellutri; for coming to the party with questions and enthusiasm.

To all the authors I've come to know, respect and sometimes love over the past six - Ryan Macklin, Rick Silva, James Sullivan, Nick Bergeron, Seanan McGuire, Kaolin Fire, Alina Pete and Peter Ball. To Lillian Cohen-Moore, for keeping us in new music and on target; and to Amber Clark, for her phenomenal photography and lasting contribution to Idolwood's look and feel.

A special thank you to my wife, Leanne, who can't always stomach my stories but who never leaves my heart.

And to Jennifer Brozek, for steering the ship through nightmare country - for her silver hand and steel will - for being the one I can't thank enough. I'll see you come the end of the world.

The Edge of Propinquity - Issue 72

Issue 72: December 2011

Welcome to issue 72 of the Edge of Propinquity. This is the final issue of the webzine. Originally, TEoP was supposed to be a one year project. It grew beyond that and I am so proud of what I have created here. But it is time to say good-bye. After six years, I have decided to move on to a new long term project. I will post about that when things are ready.

I hope you enjoy this final issue of the Edge of Propinquity. In this final month we have the loss of a loved one, a new hero rising, the end of a fight, an awakening and the realization that life really isn't that bad after all.

Credencium - The Dream Collapses - by Kaolin Fire AKA kaolinfire
Joshua leads his friends in a raid on The Golden Dawn's fortress. The full gang goes head to head for control of reality; reality dissolves around them.

Flotsam - Aftermath - by Peter M. Ball AKA petermball
They may have stopped the world from ending, but Keith isn't sure he can live with the cost. Roark's leaving and Keith's staying behind, rebuilding a life in the city he always hated, and the one person who could have made it bearable isn't coming back. When the local Other make him an offer, Keith has to decide whether he keeps on fighting or disappears into the flotsam that drifts through the city.

Idolwood - Silent Nights - by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
The Hanged Man is dead, and the newly awakened Grey Jordan has kept his son and secrets safe. A new covenant emerges from the ashes of the old, one formed for protection. Yet the seeds of doubt are quick to spring forth in the wake of a murder and a cover-up, and the cracks in a foundation can be easily seen from the shadows of Idyllwood.

The Ones Who Call - As Long as the River Flows - By Alina Pete
The loss of a family member brings the Sipisis family together to mourn, and during the process, Jenny's love for the valley is rekindled. Life may not be easy for The Ones Who Call, but as long as the rivers flow and the sun shines, their family will always endure.

Guest Story - The Final Seal: Dante Collins Versus the End of the World - By Erik Scott de Bie AKA eriksdb
Dante has always seen things that weren't there. Never knowing if what is talking to you is really there makes the teenage years all the more hellish. Things take an abrupt turn when Dante's hallucination reaches out and touches him, proving that it is more than a hallucination and that Dante is the most important person of this age.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity

The Edge of Propinquity - Issue 71

Issue 71: November 2011

Welcome to issue 71 of the Edge of Propinquity. This is the penultimate issue of the magazine. As winter moves in, all anyone can do is take a stand against the storms. So, too, do our stories take their stands. This month, we have storms weathered, discoveries made, a choice for death, a choice for life, and the breaking of a heart.

Credencium - Full Circle - by Kaolin Fire AKA kaolinfire
A lost soul returns to Joshua in his dreams. There, in the midst of running from his nightmares, he finds answers to everything that's happened to him since he arrived in Berkeley. The stakes of his success or failure are laid clear.

Flotsam - Fimbulwinter - by Peter M. Ball AKA petermball
The Fimlbulwinter begins and Keith's allies come up with a desperate plan - sacrifice a King or a Hero in winter to ensure spring comes again. There's a handful of volunteers willing to go through with it, but the most effective choice of all is hampered because his soul is promised to a different fate.

Idolwood - Birth, Breath, Life, Death - by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
In the Hanged Man's suburban throne room, watched over by his dolls, the Covenant debates their move. Grey wants nothing more than to execute the sorcerer, to protect his son and his home by removing the greatest threat to their safety. Alex and Edie have other ideas, though, ideas the Hanged Man seeks to exploit - fanning the flames until the final die is cast.

The Ones Who Call - In Winter's Grasp - By Alina Pete
February is always the deepest part of winter, but this winter is the fiercest in memory due to the continued animosity of the Ice Spirits, the Sīpisis family's distant relatives. In the dark, cold grasp of winter, relationships are strained to the breaking point, and the Ice Spirits play a deadly game with Jenny and Kyle's lives as the prize.

Guest Story - You Know What Hunts You - By Jay Lake AKA jaylake
Beatty is a human who found and escaped the Dark Towns. Except the Dark Towns never really let anybody go. When a messenger comes from Triune Town with a request, Beatty discovers something important: he still has a choice.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity

The Edge of Propinquity - Issue 70

Issue 70: October 2011

Welcome to issue 70 of the Edge of Propinquity. Fall's brisk winds whispering of the cold to come also whisper evil tidings of the present. This month we have two guest stories in honor of Halloween. Enjoy discovering the legend of Uncle Sam, find out what hunts the hunter, seek what lies hidden beneath San Francisco, face the Hanged Man in his lair, trick Coyote into losing and choose the lesser of two evils.

Credencium - Digging - by Kaolin Fire AKA kaolinfire
Joshua leads everyone to San Francisco. There are things battling in his mind—protecting him, leading him, corrupting him. What is at the source of the Golden Dawn? Each step closer leads to more questions.

Flotsam - Sunlight - by Peter M. Ball AKA petermball
Sabbath delivers some important news and makes Keith Murphy an offer – sanctuary in the Casino for Keith and all his allies. All Keith has to do is say the word and trust in the deal he made with the demon, but trusting Sabbath isn’t easy and Keith’s mentor is far from pleased by the possibility.

Idolwood - The Wild Hunt: Part Two - by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
On the hunt, the covenant narrowly escapes disaster as Gamine flees their shared home. Stricken with thoughts of return and revenge, she makes her final choice as the covenant beards the sinister Hanged Man in his lair. Faced with the realities of blood and bondage, magic and death, Grey and Alex face off against the murderer - and against one another.

The Ones Who Call - A Great Feast - By Alina Pete
A feast is held on the reserve to remember Edith, Kohkum Agnes' late sister. However, whenever a family as big and mischievous as the Sīpisis’ gets together, there is sure to be no end of trouble! Can they honor their auntie’s memory with dignity, or is chaos a far finer tribute to the best trickster of her generation?

Guest Story - Ecology - By Brandon Nolta
Vampire hunting is a dangerous business. For some it is a way of life... and of death. So, with Rafe hears of the perfect vampire weapon, he wonders if it is too good to be true.

Guest Story - Uncle Sam - By Seanan McGuire AKA seanan_mcguire
What would you do if you discovered that a common quirk was based on an old legend that just might be true? Would you tell someone?

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity

The Edge of Propinquity - Issue 69

Issue 69: September 2011

Welcome to issue 69 of the Edge of Propinquity. As the summer heat dissipates into the brisk winds of fall, those wind bring surprises as well as discoveries. This month we have the discovery of immense power, a surprise ally, a shocking death, a malevolent trick and the revelation of custom.

Credencium - Undercurrents - by Kaolin Fire AKA kaolinfire
Spike and John Doe break Joshua out of the compound. Will he recognize them in time to accept the help, or destroy them?

Flotsam - Coil - by Peter M. Ball AKA petermball
Valkyries roam the Gloom, hunting for Keith and his friends. Roark is injured, Harmony is comatose, and Keith desperately needs time to regroup and formulate a plan. He turns to the only entity he can think of that stands a chance against the Valkyrie, an ancient Other that scares him almost as much as the creatures he's running from.

Idolwood - The Wild Hunt - by Ivan Ewert AKA ivan23
As one knot of hunters forms, another unravels. Both Grey and the Hanged Man begin to lose the firmness of their hold over those they command as their lieutenants alternately come into their own, and come to their senses. One life is lost as others hang in the balance.

The Ones Who Call - A Frozen Hunger - By Alina Pete
The Qu'Apelle valley is locked in the grasp of a fierce winter storm, trapping residents in their homes. The Sīpisis family struggle to be gracious hosts to their two unexpected guests - one, Mrs. Pawluk, Kyle's mother and a local schoolteacher, and the other, a mysterious stranger with a deadly appetite.

Guest Story - The Saint of Clowns - By Nathan Crowder
Jerry's mother really loves clowns. Always has. But when Uncle Tink comes to town, Jerry discovers there's more to the story and it has to do with the clown father he never knew and the concept of Clown Justice.

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity