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Editorial: September 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-six of Nightmare!

Our original fiction this month is deeply grounded in place. We’re taking you on a witchy trip to the prairie in Ray Nayler’s new story “Outside of Omaha,” and we let Sonya Taaffe immerse us in the canals of Boston in “Tea with the Earl of Twilight.” Our reprints are from Kivel Carson (“The Night Has No Eyes”) and Gary McMahon (“My Boy Builds Coffins”).

On the nonfiction front, Suyi Davies Okungbowa talks about the differences between Nigerian and American horror in our “The H Word” column. Plus, Terence Taylor reviews some excellent new reads, and of course we have author spotlights with our authors. Our ebook readers will enjoy an excerpt from the reissue of Kathe Koja’s classic novel, The Cipher.

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.