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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, in addition to serving as publisher of Nightmare, is 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 Domination, Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent projects include: A People’s Future of the United States, Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, and The Dystopia Triptych: Ignorance is Strength, Burn the Ashes, and Or Else the Light. 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.