Welcome to issue eighty-five of Nightmare—and happy October! Every month is a great month to seek out literary scares, but an October horror story is just a little sweeter than usual.
If you loved the Scream franchise, our new original short from Carlie St. George (“Some Kind of Blood-Soaked Future”) is going to tickle your terror bone. It’s the story of a final girl who gives up running away—and starts fighting back. In Rich Larson’s new short (“Growing and Growing”), two men find an abandoned baby and try to help the sweet little thing. What could possibly go wrong? Our reprints this month come from horror icons Nathan Ballingrud (“The Maw”) and Gemma Files (“Grave Goods”).
In the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” Benjamin Percy talks about building the skeleton of a horror story. Plus we have author spotlights with our authors and a movie review from Adam-Troy Castro.
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