Horror & Dark Fantasy




Nightmare_113_February_2022Nightmare is an online horror and dark fantasy magazine. In Nightmare‘s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror.

Edited by Wendy N. Wagner, every month Nightmare will bring you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet. When you read Nightmare, it is our hope that you’ll see where horror comes from, where it is now, and where it’s going.

Nightmare also includes nonfiction, fiction podcasts, and Q&As with our authors that go behind-the-scenes of their stories. Our publication schedule each month includes two pieces of original fiction and two fiction reprints, along with a feature interview and an artist gallery showcasing our cover artist. We publish ebook issues on the first of every month, which are available for sale in ePub/Mobi format via our website and also available in other formats such as Kindle and Nook. We also offer subscriptions to our ebook edition in a variety of formats. Each issue’s contents are serialized on our website throughout the month, with new features publishing on the first four Wednesdays of every month.


Traffic data provided by Google Analytics.

2021 Traffic

  • Pageviews: 426,000
  • Sessions: 250,000
  • Users (Unique Visitors): 164,000


  • Story Honors:
    • 1 Nebula Award winner (2 finalists)
    • 1 Shirley Jackson Award winner (2 finalists)
    • 1 World Fantasy Award winner (2 finalists)
    • 1 Bram Stoker Award winner (3 finalists)
    • Numerous stories reprinted in “Best-of-the-Year” anthologies
  • Edited by Wendy N. Wagner
    • Guest editor of Nightmare‘s Queers Destroy Horror! special issue
    • Managing/Senior editor at Nightmare and Lightspeed since 2014
    • Assistant editor of Fantasy Magazine, 2011-2012


  • 18-24: 28.68%
  • 25-34: 31.36%
  • 35-44: 14.80%
  • 45-54: 11.61%
  • 55-64: 7.41%


  • Male: 49.3%
  • Female: 50.7%

Note: This data is provided by Google Analytics, and they only give data for male or female, so we have no way to determine the demographic percentage of non-binary readers from the data we have access to.


Rates for online advertising in Nightmare are as follows, for monthly placements:

Top, Left Sidebar (#1)—$170

—box ad, 300W x 250H

Middle, Left Sidebar (#2)—$170

—option 1: tower ad, 300W x 600H
—option 2: box ad 300W x 250H

Variable Position (#3)—$110

—option 1: leaderboard ad, 728W x 90H
—option 2: banner ad, 460W x 60H

Bottom, Left Footer (#4)—$110

—box ad, 300W x 250H

Bottom, Right Footer (#5)—$110

—box ad, 300W x 250H

Ad Map: View the ad map to see where all of the abovementioned ads are located on the Nightmare website.

Placement: All ads will appear on the Nightmare homepage and on all subpages.

Duration: Rates shown are monthly. Discounts are available for multiple and long-term orders.

File Formats: GIF, JPG, or Javascript
Size Limit: 55kb (more or less, within reason)

Frequency: Nightmare publishes monthly ebook issues, with all of the ebook content being released weekly online for free, on Wednesdays, including a new piece of fiction and nonfiction, along with “author spotlights” on our contributors.

Closing Dates: Five days before the 1st of the month you want to advertise in.

Contact: [email protected]

Disclaimer: All advertising is accepted subject to publishers’ approval. The publishers reserve the right to reject any advertising which they feel is not in keeping with Nightmare‘s standards. Advertiser and advertising agency assume liability for all content of advertisements printed, and also assume responsibility for any claims arising therefrom against the publishers.


Get all five ads for $450 ($130-$220 off the list price). Discounts available for long-term sponsorship buys: for example, a six-month sponsorship agreement reduces the monthly rate to $400 a month.

Site sponsorship would give your company a high profile venue in the community to advertise your new titles.


Our ebook editions cannot contain advertising, as per Amazon’s (and some other ebook retailers’) terms of service. However, as part of our sponsorship package we can include simple, text-based “advertainment” in our editorials, spotlighting various new titles your company is offering, and/or include a novel excerpt in the ebook edition.