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Editorial: June 2019

Welcome to issue eighty-one of Nightmare!

One of the things we believe here at Nightmare is that stories have a tremendous power. They can help us explore new ideas. They can inspire us, and in terrible situations, they can encourage and even comfort us. This month, original story “The Night Princes” (from Megan Arkenberg) takes us to a war zone, where a potter and a group of scared children spend a long night telling stories. In her new story “The Taurids Branch,” Alanna J. Faelan also tackles the way we use stories in hard times, exploring the nature of truth and lies in a terrifying apocalypse. We also have reprints from Laird Barron (“In a Cavern, In a Canyon”) and Gary McMahon (“Strange Scenes from an Unfinished Film”).

Our nonfiction team brings us the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” with author Christopher Golden digging into the dark connections between archaeology and horror. Plus, we’ve got author spotlights with our authors, and book reviews from Terence Taylor.

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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.