She is a Beast is an illustrated collection of feminist fairy tales. Some are re-imaginings of the classic tales we know, such as Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, while others are completely original. This collection is about women reclaiming their stories and finding agency by embracing their beastly natures and adopting monstrous appetites deemed inappropriate by society. In their wildness they find freedom.
APEP is as proud of our design as we are of the writers we publish and She is a Beast is no exception. Like all APEP books, it is made by hand in our studio in Chewsville, Maryland. The book is saddle stitched and measures 9”x10”. The nearly square size, dramatic margins, typography and design is inspired by the artists and writers of Ver Sacrum magazine.
APEP Publications is proud to present You Can Stay If You Want by Mckenzie Lee. This collection of short stories explores the dream world of the author. Its recurring inhabitants weave the reader into a thicket of wonder, strangeness, and calm. The first in what will be a series of visits to Lee’s dreamscapes, this pocket size volume is enticing from the start. This is Lee’s sophomore release from APEP.
$5 • 4x6 • saddle stitched • 40 pages
“To say that Twin Peaks was an inspiration for me personally is an understatement. It was a creative right of passage. A vision not just of an artist at the height of his craft, but of a time and place, a version of American life and love and suffering that could never be real, yet somehow was more real than anything I’d ever seen.
The contributors to this anthology have also experienced this right of passage. They have loved, as I have loved, an impossible story of humanity and inhumanity, of a cosmic malevolence subverting every mundane aspect of domestic life, and of the devout few who struggle to understand and combat the darkest impulses and machinations of the universe. They have rendered this love, this fascination and passion here into verse.
To quote Agent Cooper, “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present.” Today let it be this book. “