Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial: May 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-two of Nightmare!

All hotels are a tiny bit creepy, but the hotel in this new story from Yohanca Delgado & Claire Wrenwood (“The Blue Room”) is right up there with The Overlook. Be sure to check in and enjoy the room service!

After you read “Decorating with Luke,” a brand-new story from Adam-Troy Castro, you might be ready to make a few changes around your own house. And don’t miss our reprints this month, including work by Jarla Tangh (“The Skinned”) and Steve Toase (“Call Out”).

Gwendolyn Kiste brings us the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word.” Plus we have author spotlights with our authors, and a feature interview with author Molly Tanzer.

And speaking of Gwendolyn Kiste, all of us here at Nightmare want to offer her a hearty congratulations! Last month, her story ““The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra’s Diary” (which ran in our November 2019 issue) won the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction. We couldn’t be prouder!

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John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and is the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, including Wastelands and The Living Dead. Recent books include A People’s Future of the United States, Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, and the three volumes of The Dystopia Triptych. 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 twelve times) and an eight-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed and is the publisher of its sister-magazines, Fantasy and Nightmare. For five years, he ran the John Joseph Adams Books novel imprint for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and @johnjosephadams.