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Editorial: August 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-five of Nightmare!

This month, Claire Wrenwood brings us “Dead Girls Have No Names,” a deeply unhappy story of a mother’s vengeance sewn into flesh. We’ve got a new short by Vajra Chandrasekera: “Redder,” a story of blood and pain written across generations. We also have reprints by Adam-Troy Castro (“The Hour in Between”) and Livia Llewellyn (“Yours Is the Right to Begin”).

In “The H Word,” our column on horror, author Tim Waggoner talks about the irrational and its role in the genre. Plus our staff brings us author spotlights with our authors, and we have a feature interview with author (and former Nightmare reprints editor!) John Langan.

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John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher of Nightmare, is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent projects include: A People’s Future of the United States, Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, and The Dystopia Triptych: Ignorance is Strength, Burn the Ashes, and Or Else the Light. 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 eleven 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.