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Hex Publishers is an independent publishing house proudly specializing in genre fiction: horror, science fiction, crime, dark fantasy, comics, and any other form that explores the imagination. Founded by writers, Hex values both the author and the reader, with an emphasis on quality, diversity, and voices often overlooked by the mainstream.

WORDS


WORDS is a free monthly fiction 'zine featuring short stories, samples from anthologies, and exclusive editorial content. Reviews by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, whose non-fiction has appeared in markets like the Los Angeles Review of Books, Strange Horizons, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, The New York Review of Science Fiction and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Curated and edited by Joshua Viola.

Marjorie Prime Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published December 1st, 2017

Eighty-six year-old Marjorie, a former violinist of some renown, struggles with declining mental and physical faculties but finds ...


Blade Runner 2049 Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Matthew Kressel

Published October 29th, 2017

[Alvaro Zinos-Amaro] Matt, thanks for joining me for this conversation. I’m excited to talk about Blade Runner 2049! I’d like to begin by ...


It Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published October 1st, 2017

The self-designated “Losers’ Club”—comprised of stuttering Bill Denbrough, hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak, overweight new-kid-on-the-block Ben Hanscom ...


Flapper Occultism: A Conversation with Emily B. Cataneo

Interview by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published October 1st, 2017

Emily B. Cataneo is a writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from magazines such as ...


Annabelle Creation Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published September 1st, 2017

For a dozen years Samuel Mullins and his wife Esther grieve the tragic loss of their seven-year-old daughter ...


“Takers Find Givers"

Interview by Mario Acevedo

Published September 1st, 2017

I head northwest on the Phoenix-Wickenburg Highway. I work to keep cool. Keep my foot light on the gas pedal. ...


A Conversation with Kristi DeMeester

Short story by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published August 1st, 2017

Kristi DeMeester is the author of Beneath, a novel published by Word Horde ...


“All in Good Fun"

Short story by Stephen Graham Jones

Horror, Published August 1st, 2017

Chas said he could find Merry by smell and smell alone. Not because her scent was anything large or special ...


It Comes at Night Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published August 1st, 2017

Trey Edward Shults, director of the riveting psychological drama Krisha (2015) ...


“Headlong"

Short story by Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction, Published June 1st, 2017

By the time David got around to flat out begging us, he really was the only kid left at school who didn’t have ...


Alien Covenant

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published June 1st, 2017

In Riddley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment in the main Alien continuity, the crew of the Covenant is bound for ...


A Conversation with Michael Griffin

Interview by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published June 1st, 2017

Michael Griffin has released a novel, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone (Journalstone, 2017), and a short fiction collection ...


From a House on Willow Street

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published May 1st, 2017

In Alastair Orr's From a House on Willow Street (alt. House on Willow Street) four misfits—Hazel, Ade, Mark and James—plan the kidnapping of Katherine ...


“Three Orcs In A Boat"

Short story by Travis Heermann

Fantasy, Humor, Published May 1st, 2017

The orcs stank like corpses floating in a swamp. I could smell the elf-blood on them from the battle—and the luscious marrow of the half-gnawed bone one of them had tucked into his girdle. I edged deeper ...


Life Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published April 1st, 2017

In Daniel Espinosa’s Life (2017) the crew of the International Space Station retrieves a sample of Mars soil containing dormant extraterrestrial cells. Scientist Hugh Derry is able ...


“Death and the Demon Hunter"

Short story by Aaron Michael Ritchey

Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Published April 1st, 2017

Midnight in the nursing home. New moon. The closet in Malachi Drago’s room opened. Untouched. ...


Rings: First You See It. Then You Sigh -- A Spoiler-Laden Review in Twenty Questions

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published March 1st, 2017

Why, after fifteen years, couldn’t we get a sequel to The Ring (2002) that was at least better than the confusing, plodding and uneven The Ring Two (2005)? ...


Get Out Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published March 1st, 2017

As Jordan Peele’s debut film opens, a young African American man walking by himself at night through a well-maintained suburb is abducted. ...


“In A Green Dress, Surrounded By Exploding Clowns"

Short story by Robert T. Jeschonek

Science Fiction, Humor, Published March 1st, 2017

Heaving for breath, I spin in a circle, looking for a way out. But I see the same thing in every direction. Nothing but clowns. Dozens of clowns. ...


“Necrocyte"

Short story by Gary Jonas & Bill D. Allen

Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Published March 1st, 2017

Sai hated necrocytes. People in the Freezone believed the alien species knew the moment each human would die, arriving at the perfect time to work the corpse. Scientists said ...


“The Great Game at the End of the World"

Short story by Matthew Kressel

Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian, Published February 1st, 2017

The Creepy playing second base is a hell of a fielder, but his arm's for shit, so they can forget about the double-play. ...


Split Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published February 1st, 2017

Has director, writer, and producer M. Night Shyamalan returned to ...


“One Good Deed: An Anna Strong Tale"

Short story by Jeanne C. Stein

Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Published February 1st, 2017

“Flagstaff?” I put my coffee mug down on the table and stare over at Frey. “Why would you want us to go to Flagstaff now?” ...


“R.I.P. David R. Jones"

Short story by Jason Heller

Alt History, Fantasy, Published January 10th, 2017

David R. Jones, the cult science fiction author who spent decades in seclusion after a brief career as a novelty singer in the late ’60s using the stage name David Bowie... ...


“Best Horror films of 2016"

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published January 9th, 2017

...here are my five favorite horror flicks from 2016, with five runners-up, three bonus picks, and four noteworthy disappointments! ...


“The Forgetting Shiraz"

Short story by E. Lily Yu

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Published January 2nd, 2017

When I heard about the winegrower in New South Wales working on a red for forgetting... ...


The Monster Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published January 2nd, 2017

Bryan Bertino, the director of The Strangers (2008) and Mockingbird (2014), now brings us The Monster (2016)... ...


“Her Oh So Pretty Face"

Short story by Steve Rasnic Tem

Cyberpunk, Science Fiction, Published January 2nd, 2017

Carol asked them several times who designed her new face, and if it was based on another woman. Usually they avoided the question... ...


“Just Between Us"

Short story by Nisi Shawl

Fantasy, Published December 1st, 2016

Dolores opened the closet door. Here was the problem. A dead woman hung by her neck... ...


“Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz"

Short story by Mike Resnick

Science Fiction, Humor, Published December 1st, 2016

I was standing at the bar in the Outpost, which is the only good watering hole in the Plantagenet system, lifting a few with my old friend Hurricane Smith, another practitioner of the hero trade. Somehow... ...


“The Tears of Some Lonely God"

Flash fiction by Jaym Gates

Fantasy, Published December 1st, 2016

Gold flakes, fine as ash, fell around her feet, catching in her dark hair like the tears of some lonely god. The apocalypse... ...


Arrival Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published November 18th, 2016

Dennis Villeneuve, director of twisty and somber movies like Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2014), and Sicario (2015), winningly adapts ...


“The Dust and the Red"

Short story by Darin Bradley

Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Published November 1st, 2016

I was ten the first time I saw the pearl. The soil had come loose in Sweetgrass, and to protect the family ...


“Shaky Ground"

Short story by Mark Stevens

Crime, Published November 1st, 2016

“Whiskey?” ...


“Pay Attention"

Short story by Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction, Published November 1st, 2016

In the beginning, there is noise. ...


“The Ripper is You"

Short story by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Horror, Published October 1st, 2016

Murder the First. [Superficial charm. Absence of delusions or nervousness. Lack of remorse or shame.] In the chilly dark, M spots her coming out of the Frying Pan Public House ...


“The Return"

Short story by Sean Eads

Horror, Published October 1st, 2016

I’m half-naked on the toilet, straining, near tears, when an arctic blast rattles the door. I snap a look at the knob. Please don’t start turning. ...


“Decorations"

Short story by Carter Wilson

Horror, Published October 1st, 2016

Ben had been keeping an eye on the house across the street for several days now. It was already October tenth, late in the month for the tent to go up. Usually the man started earlier ...


Blair Witch Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published October 1st, 2016

Adam Wingard, the director of well-regarded movies such as You’re Next (2011) and The Guest (2014), here delivers a faithful if ...


Into the Forest Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published September 15th, 2016

For reasons unexplained, the power goes out. A father and his two daughters, living in a high-tech home in a remote forest ...


Lights Out Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published September 1st, 2016

The title of this horror film couldn’t be more apt, as a week ago I suffered a giant retinal tear that caused sudden vision loss in my left eye and required ...


“A Letter to Nancy"

Short story by Carrie Vaughn

Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, published September 1st, 2016

Molly always looked the soldiers in the eyes, or eye, in this case. ...


“Bad Haircut Day"

Short story by Manuel Ramos

Crime, published September 1st, 2016

César shook my snipped hair from his striped barber cloth. ...


Star Trek Beyond Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published August 1st, 2016

Star Trek Beyond (2016), third in the "Kelvin timeline" movie series that kicked off with Star Trek (2009), and the thirteenth entry overall in the movie incarnation of the Star Trek franchise, will ...


“Scarecrow"

Short story by Alyssa Wong

Horror, published August 1st, 2016

On the morning of his funeral, you wake screaming from nightmares of Jonathan Chin, your mouth crammed full of feathers... ...


“Dog Food"

Short story by Betsy Dornbusch

Horror, published July 1st, 2016

"Those dogs put food on your table, Mary Anne. Food on your table." John said it so often it was a... ...


“Every Action"

Short story by Stephen Graham Jones

Science Fiction, published June 1st, 2016

Marcus had to explain the device to the buyers by what it wasn't. Because there really wasn't a name. ...


“The Şehrazatın Diyoraması Tour"

Short story by Selena "S.J." Chambers

Steampunk, Science Fiction, Fantasy, published April 26, 2016

The Constantinople street is drenched in pure sunlight, saturating almost all color from the scene. The tall, alabaster stone building that zigzags and narrows the passage casts a Payne's grey shadow onto the ocher cobblestones. Despite its disparity in hue, the street is made interesting by the people who populate it. ...


“Behold: Skowt!"

Short story by Jason Heller

Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, published April 6th, 2016

My eyes are dinosaur eggs. My tongue cracks like lightning. I been there, done that, drunk it, fucked it. I am the hole in the roof where the brains leak in. I eat jerks like you for sunfeast. ...