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Editorial, May 2016

Welcome to issue forty-four of Nightmare!

This month, we have original fiction from Adam-Troy Castro (“The Old Horror Writer”) and Lisa Goldstein (“Sawing”), along with reprints by Joe Hill (“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead”) and Sarah Langan (“The Lost”).

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 Angela Slatter.

Hugo Award Finalists Announced

We are pleased to announce that Brooke Bolander’s story for Lightspeed, “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” which was previously announced as a Nebula Award finalist, is now also a Hugo Award finalist! Our sister-magazine Lightspeed is no longer eligible in the semiprozine category (which it won the last two years), but we’re pleased to report that your humble editor has been nominated in the Best Editor, Short Form category. And last but not least, Alyssa Wong—whose story for Nightmare, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” is a finalist for both the Nebula and Stoker—is a finalist this year for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Major congrats to Brooke on the rare achievement of being nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula for the same work, and to Alyssa for netting a coveted Campbell nod in the same year she’s up for the Stoker and Nebula.

Thank you so much to all of you who nominated; you can see a full list of the other finalists at midamericon2.org.

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists Announced

We’re starting to think that “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Award Nominations” might be a good title for a story about Brooke Bolander, because we’re pleased to report that “Trail of Dead” is also a finalist for the Sturgeon Award! Congrats again to Brooke! As of press time, the Sturgeon Awards website didn’t have the finalists posted, but you can see the full list at Locus Online.

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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.