Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial: March 2020

Welcome to issue ninety of Nightmare!

We kick off this month’s original fiction with a brand-new short from Benjamin Percy (“A Study in Shadows”) that’s about ethics in science—or what happens when scientists forget about them. Merc Fenn Wolfmoor dives into the territory of the urban legend with their new short story “Flashlight Man.” We also have reprints by Nicole D. Sconiers (“Kim”) and Carmen Maria Machado (“There and Back Again”).

In the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” Paul Jessup whispers to us about death.  Plus, there are author spotlights with our authors and a book review from Terence Taylor.

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.