Horror & Dark Fantasy

Madame Howell's Book of Very Bad Things: A Baker's Dozen of Frightful Fairy Tales



Editorial: January 2020

Happy New Year, and welcome to issue eighty-eight of Nightmare!

It’s another terrifying issue, with a new short story from Meg Elison (“Familiar Face”) that connects the spirit world with the internet of things. Brian Evenson has penned a darkly fantastic forest in his new short “Elo Havel.” We also have reprints by Stephen Graham Jones (“The Floor of the Basement Is the Roof of Hell”) and S.P. Miskowski (“Alligator Point”).

In our “The H Word” column, author Caitlin Starling takes a disconcerting look at the safest and coziest of places: our homes. Plus, of course we have author spotlights with our authors, and there’s also a new media review from Adam-Troy Castro.

John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also 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 DominationRobot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent 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 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.