Horror & Dark Fantasy

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



Editorial: June 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-three of Nightmare!

If the movie Midsommar piqued your interest in folk horror, you’ll be delighted by this new story from G.V. Anderson: “We, the Folk.” Find yourself transported to post-World War I Britain, where tea time and cottages stop being cozy and start being very, very creepy.

If you enjoy mushrooms in your meals, Ashley Deng’s new short “Dégustation” may make you rethink your dinner. We also hope to unsettle you with reprints by Laird Barron (“Girls Without Their Faces On”) and Robert Shearman (“That Tiny Flutter of the Heart I Used to Call Love”).

In “The H Word,” Ian McDowell wonders about what kind of childhoods your favorite horror writers had. Plus we have our usual author spotlight mini-interviews, and Terence Taylor digs into some new dark fiction.

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.