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Editorial, February 2013

Welcome to issue five of Nightmare!

We told you about it last month, but just a reminder: The ebookstore we built for the magazine is now up and running. So if you’d like to purchase an ebook issue, or if you’d like to subscribe, please visit nightmare-magazine.com/store. All purchases from the Nightmare store are provided in both epub and mobi format.

And don’t worry—all of our other purchasing options are still available, of course; this is just one more way you can buy the magazine or subscribe.

Kickstarter backers—and new subscribers—should have received their subscription issue notifications via the new system this morning. If you didn’t, please check your spam filter, and then if there’s still no sign of it, email [email protected]

And remember: We are also still currently offering subscriptions via our friends at Weightless Books. Visit nightmare-magazine.com/subscribe to learn more about all of our current and future subscription options


In other news, I wanted to introduce a new member of the Nightmare team. You might recognize his name as the co-editor of anthology Creatures, from his contribution to our H Word column, or from his many excellent horror short stories: John Langan. Finding the reprints we run in the magazine every month is a lot of work, so we’ve brought John on board as our reprint editor to assist me in that endeavor. Working with him behind the scenes has been great so far, and I think our readers will enjoy the magazine even more thanks to his contributions. So please join me in welcoming John to the team.


With that out of the way, here’s what we’ve got on tap for you this month:

We have original fiction from Ted Kosmatka (“Cry Room”) and Sarah Langan (“Sacred Cows”), along with reprints by Margo Lanagan (“The Goosle”) and Norman Partridge (“Blackbirds”). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights with all of our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a feature interview with Caitlìn R. Kiernan.

That’s about all I have for you this month, but before I step out of your way and let you get to the fiction, here are a few URLs you might want to check out or keep handy if you’d like to stay apprised of everything new and notable happening with Nightmare:

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John Joseph Adams

John Joseph AdamsJohn Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent and forthcoming projects include: Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects, Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Operation Arcana, 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 winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been nominated eight times) and is a six-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.