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Editorial, April 2016

Welcome to issue forty-three of Nightmare!

This month, we have original fiction from Ian Whates (“Reaper’s Rose”) and Rahul Kanakia (“The Girl Who Escaped From Hell”), along with reprints by Kaaron Warren (“Death’s Door Cafe”) and P.D. Cacek (“The Grave”).

We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights with our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a feature interview with author David J. Schow.

Nebula Award Nominations

ICYMI last month, awards season is officially upon us, and it looks like 2015 was a terrific year for our publications. The first of the major awards have announced their lists of finalists for last year’s work, and we’re pleased to announce that “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare, Oct. 2015) is a finalist for the Nebula Award this year! Over at Lightspeed, “Madeleine” by Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed, June 2015) and “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, Feb. 2015) have been named finalists. This marks Nightmare’s very first Nebula Award nomination. Congrats to Alyssa (and Amal and Brooke) and to all of the other Nebula nominees! You can find the full slate of nominees at sfwa.org. The Nebulas will be presented at the 2016 Nebula Awards Conference, held this year in Chicago, Illinois, May 12–15.

Stoker Nominations

In other awards news, Nightmare had two stories—the aforementioned “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong and “Snow” by Dale Bailey—on the preliminary Stoker Awards ballot for best Short Fiction (plus Seanan McGuire’s story, “Resistance,” from my anthology The End Has Come, made it in the Long Fiction category), and we’re pleased to report that Alyssa Wong’s story made the final ballot! That marks Nightmare’s (and Alyssa’s) first Stoker Award nomination. So big congrats to Alyssa, and also to Dale and Seanan for nearly making it. You can find the full slate of what made the final ballot at horror.org. The Stokers will be presented at StokerCon 2016, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 12–15.

Locus Awards Voting

And last but not least, the Locus Awards are still open for voting [bit.ly/locus2016]. Several stories from Lightspeed, Nightmare, and my anthologies made the recommended reading list, though the Locus Award has a write-in ballot, so you can also disregard the recommendations and vote for whatever you like instead. Voting closes April 15, 2016.

Best-of-the-Year Selections

As previously noted, several stories from Lightspeed, Nightmare, the Destroy special issues, and my anthologies have also been selected for reprint in several best-of-the-year volumes. However, we initially somehow managed to leave a couple stories off our big list, so here is the list again, now with everything included:

  • “Time Bomb Time” by C.C. Finlay (Lightspeed | Horton)
  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed | Horton)
  • “Ghosts of Home” by Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed | Strahan)
  • “The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club” by Nike Sulway (Lightspeed | Horton, Strahan)
  • “The Smog Society” by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yan (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  • “Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” by Taiyo Fujii, translated by Jim Hubbert (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  • “The Astrakhan, the Homberg, and the Red Red Coal” by Chaz Brenchley (Lightspeed | Dozois, Horton)
  • “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  • “Snow” by Dale Bailey (Nightmare | Datlow, Guran)
  • “Descent” by Carmen Maria Machado (Nightmare | Datlow)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare | Strahan)
  • “The Lily and the Horn” by Catherynne M. Valente (Fantasy | Guran, Strahan)
  • “Kaiju maximus®: ‘So Various, So Beautiful, So New’” by Kai Ashante Wilson (Fantasy | Guran, Strahan)
  • “Bannerless” by Carrie Vaughn (The End Has Come | Clarke, Dozois)
  • “The Gods Have Not Died in Vain” by Ken Liu (The End Has Come | Clarke)
  • “Blood, Ash, Braids” by Genevieve Valentine (Operation Arcana | Strahan)
  • “The Graphology of Hemmorhage” by Yoon Ha Lee (Operation Arcana | Horton)
  • “1Up” by Holly Black (Press Start to Play | Guran)

John Joseph Adams Books: New Releases + Acquisitions

And finally, one last bit of news: John Joseph Adams Books’ first three releases are now available in bookstores. Our first release, Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey, came out in February, and the final two titles of our “pre-launch” season come out in March: Hugh Howey’s Shift and Dust, were released on March 22. They’re volumes 2 and 3 of Hugh’s bestselling Silo series (which began with the blockbuster Wool). You can read an excerpt of Shift in Lightspeed’s March issue.

In a related development, I also acquired my first original title for the line: Bannerless, by Carrie Vaughn. It takes place in the same world as her Hugo-nominated story “Amaryllis,” which appeared in the very first issue of Lightspeed. Also more directly-related is her 2015 story “Bannerless” from my anthology The End Has Come (which you can also read online at bit.ly/bannerless). In the official release, we described it as: “a novel in which an investigator must discover the truth behind a mysterious death in a world where small communities struggle to maintain a ravaged civilization decades after environmental and economic collapse.” It’s a two-book deal, with publication of the first slated for Spring 2017.

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It’s another great month for nightmares, so thanks for reading!

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John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams (Photo courtesy of University of Central Florida/Jeffrey San Juan)

John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a new SF/Fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World DominationRobot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent and forthcoming projects include: Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Loosed Upon the World, Wastelands 2, Press Start to Play, and The Apocalypse Triptych: The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come. Called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, John is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been a finalist ten times) and is a seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine and is a producer for Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.