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Editorial

Editorial, November 2012

Welcome to issue two of Nightmare!

Our launch last month was a rousing success, and we’ve had a lot of great comments on the stories from readers and have gotten some good publicity for the magazine in some high profile places—which will hopefully translate to some new readers. Thanks again to all of our Kickstarter backers, and to everyone who bought issue one and/or read the stories in our online edition. For those who read it, I hope everyone enjoyed issue one; if you haven’t yet, well, what are you waiting for?

This issue will be published on the first day of this year’s World Fantasy Convention, which means that shortly thereafter we will know the results of this year’s World Fantasy Awards, for which your humble editor is again nominated. The awards will be announced on November 4, starting at 1pm Eastern Time, so if you want to follow along, head to the internets around then. (As usual, there are plenty of examples of horror on the ballot, so if, as a horror fan, you haven’t paid much attention to the award due to its name, you might want to check it out.)

The World Fantasy Convention will also see the debut of my new anthology, Epic: Legends of Fantasy. Epic is an anthology reprinting the best epic fantasy short fiction, featuring authors such as George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and more. If you’d like a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the anthology, check out “As the Wheel Turns” by Aliette de Bodard; you’ll find that story both in this month’s edition of our sister magazine, Lightspeed, and in the anthology. And if you want more free reads (and/or interviews with the authors), head over to johnjosephadams.com/epic.

In this month’s issue, we have original fiction by horror legend Ramsey Campbell (“At Lorn Hall”) and up-and-coming writer Desirina Boskovich (“Construction Project”), along with classic reprints by Joe Haldeman (“Graves”) and Poppy Z. Brite (“The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire”). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” and part two of our in-depth interview with Peter Straub. All that, plus author spotlights with all of our authors, and a showcase on this month’s artist.

That’s about all I have for you this month, but before I step out of your way here and let you get to the fiction, here are a few URLs you might want to check out or keep handy if you’d like to stay apprised of everything new and notable happening with Nightmare:

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John Joseph Adams

John Joseph AdamsJohn Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Oz Reimagined, Epic, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. Upcoming anthologies include Wastelands 2 and Robot Uprisings. He has been nominated for six Hugo Awards and five World Fantasy Awards, and he has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble. 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.

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