Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial: October 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-seven of Nightmare!

Happy October, the spookiest month of the year! We’re kicking things off with a creepy little morsel from David Tallerman, “Not Us,” which adds a sprinkle of Invasion of the Body Snatchers to a choice serving of bad marriage. In “The Monkey Trap,” Adam-Troy Castro takes us to a book dealer with an incomparable collection—and a pretty creepy method of organizing it. We also have reprints from Kaaron Warren (“Furtherest”) and A.C. Wise (“The Secret of Flight”).

In our nonfiction features, we have Premee Mohamed discussing empathy in the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus we have a book review from Adam-Troy Castro, and of course, author spotlights with our authors.

John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also 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 DominationRobot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent 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 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.