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Editorial, March 2014

Welcome to issue eighteen of Nightmare!

As you know from our newsletter, editorials, and (incessant?) social media posting, our sister-magazine, Lightspeed, ran a very successful Kickstarter in January-February to fund the publication of the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, which will be publishing in June. $5000 was asked for, and $53,136 was pledged, which means it funded at 1062%. Wow! As a result of all that sweet success, the campaign announced—and met—some rather excellent stretch goals: Once it reached $25K, that unlocked Women Destroy Horror!, a special issue of Nightmare, to be guest-edited by by the legendary editor-queen of the dark and the macabre, Ellen Datlow! Since the campaign crushed that stretch goal, we’ll publish Women Destroy Horror!—a double-sized extravaganza—as our October issue this year. At $35K, a special issue of Fantasy Magazine was also unlocked, to be guest-edited by Cat Rambo. Thanks so much to everyone who supported the Kickstarter!

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Awards season is officially upon us, with the first of the major awards announcing their lists of finalists for last year’s work. Neither Lightspeed nor Nightmare got any love from the Bram Stoker Awards (alas), but we’re delighted to announce that the Nebula Awards, on the other hand, seem to be absolutely infatuated with our sister-mag Lightspeed, which has four Nebula finalists this year! (That brings Lightspeed’s lifetime Nebula nomination total to eleven since it launched in June 2010.) Lightspeed’s nominees for this year are: “Paranormal Romance” by Christopher Barzak, “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” by Ken Liu, “The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel, and “Alive, Alive Oh” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley. For a complete list of the finalists, visit SFWA.org.

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In other news, my new anthology—The End is Nigh—is on sale now. It’s the first volume of what I’m calling The Apocalypse Triptych—a series of three anthologies looking at three different modes of apocalyptic fiction: before the apocalypse, during the apocalypse, and after the apocalypse. I’m editing—and publishing—all three volumes of the Triptych in collaboration with bestselling author Hugh Howey. All of the books will all be available in both ebook and print formats, and The End is Nigh is available now. Visit johnjosephadams.com/the-apocalypse-triptych or your favorite book retailer for more information.

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And in a case of maybe saving the best for last and/or burying the lede: I’m delighted to announce that I have agreed to serve as the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, a new entry in the prestigious Best American series® published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Our inaugural guest editor will be bestselling author and all-around swell guy Joe Hill. The first volume will be published in October 2015, collecting the best of 2014. To learn more about the series, including information about how you can recommend stories for consideration, visit johnjosephadams.com/best-american.

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Before we get to our stories, just a reminder that over in the Nightmare ebookstore (nightmare-magazine.com/store), I wanted to point out that we currently have the following ebook bundles available:

  • Nightmare (Issues 1-6) – $14.99
  • Nightmare (Issues 7-12) – $14.99
  • Nightmare (Year One: Issues 1-12) – $24.99

Buying a Bundle gets you a copy of every issue published during the named period. Buying either of the half-year Bundles saves you $3 (so you’re basically getting one issue for free), or if you spring for the Year One Bundle, you’ll save $11 off the cover price. So if you need to catch up on Nightmare, that’s a great way to do so.

Of course, if you don’t want to buy a Bundle, you can also just purchase an individual ebook issue, or if you’d like to subscribe directly from us, you can do that too. All purchases from the Nightmare store are provided in both epub and mobi format. Visit nightmare-magazine.com/subscribe to learn more about all of our subscription options.

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With our announcements out of the way, here’s what we’ve got on tap this month:

We have original fiction from Isabel Yap (“Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez”) and Genevieve Valentine (“A Dweller in Amenty”), along with reprints by Glen Hirshberg (“I am Coming to Live in Your Mouth”) and Nathan Ballingrud (“Sunbleached”).

We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights with our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a feature interview with Bram Stoker nominated author Jeff Strand.

That’s about all I have for you this month. Thanks for reading!

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John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams (Photo courtesy of University of Central Florida/Jeffrey San Juan)

John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a new SF/Fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & 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 and forthcoming 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 ten 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.