Nightmare Magazine




Nightmare_113_February_2022Nightmare is an online horror and dark fantasy magazine. In Nightmare‘s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror.

Edited by Wendy N. Wagner, every month Nightmare will bring you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet. When you read Nightmare, it is our hope that you’ll see where horror comes from, where it is now, and where it’s going.

Nightmare also includes nonfiction, fiction podcasts, and Q&As with our authors that go behind-the-scenes of their stories. Our publication schedule each month includes two pieces of original fiction and two fiction reprints, along with a feature interview and an artist gallery showcasing our cover artist. We publish ebook issues on the first of every month, which are available for sale in ePub/Mobi format via our website and also available in other formats such as Kindle and Nook. We also offer subscriptions to our ebook edition in a variety of formats. Each issue’s contents are serialized on our website throughout the month, with new features publishing on the first four Wednesdays of every month.


Traffic data provided by Google Analytics.

2022 Traffic

  • Pageviews: 438,000
  • Sessions: 267,000
  • Users (Unique Visitors): 181,000


  • 18-24: 28.68%
  • 25-34: 31.36%
  • 35-44: 14.80%
  • 45-54: 11.61%
  • 55-64: 7.41%


  • Male: 49.3%
  • Female: 50.7%

Note: This data is provided by Google Analytics, and they only give data for male or female, so we have no way to determine the demographic percentage of non-binary readers from the data we have access to.


  • Story Honors:
    • 1 Nebula Award winner (2 finalists)
    • 2 Shirley Jackson Award winner (2 finalists)
    • 1 World Fantasy Award winner (2 finalists)
    • 1 Bram Stoker Award winner (3 finalists)
    • Numerous stories reprinted in “Best-of-the-Year” anthologies
  • Edited by Wendy N. Wagner
    • Guest editor of Nightmare‘s Queers Destroy Horror! special issue
    • Managing/Senior editor at Nightmare and Lightspeed since 2014
    • Assistant editor of Fantasy Magazine, 2011-2012


Rates for online advertising are as follows, for monthly placements. To see which ad spots and/or months we (and our sister-magazines) currently have available for ad placement, see our Ad Availability spreadsheet.

2023 Ad Map

#1 Box — $220
Box Ad, 300W x 250H

#2 Tower or Box — $220
Tower Ad, 300W x 600H (Option 1)
Box Ad, 300W x 250H (Option 2)

#3 Leaderboard — $190
Leaderboard Ad, 728W x 90H

#4 Box— $160
Box Ad, 300W x 250H

#5 Tower or box — $160
Tower Ad, 300W x 600H (Option 1)
Box Ad, 300W x 250H (Option 2)

#6 Box— $160
Box Ad, 300W x 250H

#7 Bottom Left Footer — $160
Box Ad, 300W x 250H

#8 Bottom Right Footer — $160
Box Ad, 300W x 250H

Ad Map: View the ad map to see where all of the abovementioned ads are located on the Nightmare website.

Placement: All ads will appear on the Nightmare homepage and on all subpages.

Duration: Rates shown are monthly. Discounts are available for multiple and long-term orders.

File Formats: GIF, JPG, or Javascript

Size Limit: 200 kb (more or less, within reason)

Frequency: Nightmare publishes monthly ebook issues, with all of the ebook content being released weekly online for free, on Wednesdays, including a new piece of fiction and nonfiction, along with “author spotlights” on our contributors.

Closing Dates: Five days before the 1st of the month you want to advertise in.

Contact: [email protected]

Disclaimer: All advertising is accepted subject to publishers’ approval. The publishers reserve the right to reject any advertising which they feel is not in keeping with Nightmare‘s standards. Advertiser and advertising agency assume liability for all content of advertisements printed, and also assume responsibility for any claims arising therefrom against the publishers.


Purchasing all 8 of our ads individually costs $1430, but we offer the following discount packages:

  • Buy All 8 Ads for 1 month: Save 35% (brings price down to $930 total)
  • Buy All 8 Ads for 3 months: Save 40% (brings price down to $858 total)
  • Buy All 8 Ads for 6 months: Save 45% (brings price down to $787 total)
  • 8 Ad Bonus: Any month where you buy all 8 ads, we will feature two novel excerpts of your choice in our ebook edition.

Or, buy 4 ads and save accordingly:

  • Buy 4 Ads for 1 Month: Save 25% ($480-$593; cost varies depending on ad selection)
  • Buy 4 Ads for 3 Months: Save 30% ($448-$553; cost varies depending on ad selection)
  • Buy 4 Ads for 6 Months: Save 35% ($416-$514; cost varies depending on ad selection)
  • 4 Ad Bonus: Any month where you buy at least 4 ads, we will feature a novel excerpt of your choice in our ebook edition.

† All ads must be purchased in the same month to qualify for the quantity discount.