Cover Lover: Apex Magazine Operation Fourth Story!

Cover Lover was originally created by our friend and fellow book blogger Jaedia at Once Upon A Time, and since then we’ve adopted it as a feature here to talk about the covers that strike our fancy.

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite covers from Apex Magazine. I’m really excited to be taking part in their drive this month in their Operation Fourth Story! For more information about it, you can also check out this post from the Little Red Reviewer.

Very soon I will be reviewing one of Apex Magazine’s recent issues, but for now check out some of this awesome artwork which has graced their covers in the past. You can see more here, though I these ones are among my faves:

Underwater by Julie Dillon, Issue 49

There’s just something about underwater scenes that draw me in. Maybe it’s all the blue, oh I love blue. And mermaids too. Look at the gorgeous lighting and the atmosphere it creates in this one.

Cover art by Galen Dara, Issue 54

From the oceans to the forest, another favorite of mine is this one from issue 54. When looking through these covers, I notice so many of these images exude this creepy yet whimsical vibe that I just love.

Cover art by Bruce Holwerda, Issue 53

Speaking creepy and whimsy…I really do tend to lean towards the whackier side of things when it comes to art I enjoy. As an artist myself, my style is more realism, so I really admire those who can come up with seriously offbeat ideas.

Mistaken Identity by Ken Wong, Issue 46

While most of the subjects in these covers are fantastical in nature, I am amazed by the range and variety of styles and tones. I love the color contrasts in this, and the title of the artwork makes me wonder…

Surface by Julie Dillon, Issue 40

And finally, I just have to share this one. I hadn’t even heard of Apex Magazine before Andrea’s Apex blog tour back in February. This image was used in a lot of the postings and so I’m afraid it will always be forever associated with the magazine in my mind. Not that it’s a bad thing at all! It’s a stunning piece, and so evocative. The covers that so often catch my attention are the ones that make me think, “Just what the hell is going on here?!” and this one definitely fits the bill. It’s also one of my absolute favorites. The artist Julie Dillon has done some amazing work for Apex, and there’s actually an interview with her in the March issue. Check it out!

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