Horror & Dark Fantasy



Dec. 2016 (Issue 51)

We have original fiction from Dale Bailey (“I Was a Teenage Werewolf”) and Livia Llewellyn (“The Low, Dark Edge of Life”), along with reprints by Brian Evenson (“The Blood Drip”) and Priya Sridhar (“The Opera Singer”). In our “The H Word” column, Alex Hofelich of Pseudopod talks about what makes the audio experience of horror so great. We’ve also got author spotlight mini-interviews with our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a panel discussion of the show Penny Dreadful.

In This Issue: Dec. 2016 (Issue 51)


Editorial, December 2016

Be sure to check out the Editorial for a rundown of this month’s terrifying content and to get all our news and updates.


I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Before Miss Ferguson found Maude Lewis’ body in the school gym, none of us believed in the teenage werewolf. There had been rumors, of course. There always are. But many of us viewed Miss Ferguson’s discovery as confirmation of our worst fears. Not everyone shared our certainty. There had been only a fingernail paring of moon that late February night, and a small but vocal minority of us argued that this precluded the possibility that Maude’s killer had been a lycanthrope.

Author Spotlight


The Blood Drip

They had stumbled upon a town and tried to approach it, but had been driven off with stones. Or Karsten had. Nils had stayed there, at the base of the wall, pleading, and had been struck, and then struck again. When Karsten had shouted to him to come away, Nils had turned and then been struck yet again, in the head this time, and had fallen. There was blood leaking out of his head when he fell, and in the brief flash he caught of him on the way down, Karsten thought he had seen bone.

Author Spotlight


The H Word: Audio Horror, the Menacing Stroll

Audio horror adds another layer. When watching or reading horror, we have the opportunity to look away or skim when things get a little too intense. Audio forces you take a much more active role in escaping. We’re not allowed to cover our eyes when Button Boy is fastening those smiley faces to his victims in “Best New Horror” by Joe Hill. When our hapless editor is crashing through the woods at the end, our hearts are pounding with the same mix of exhilaration and fear. Audio horror stalks you relentlessly.


The Low, Dark Edge of Life

Translator’s note: these are the only extant, unburned, and legible (for the most part) pages retrieved from what was apparently the diary of one Lilianett van Hamal, an American girl who apparently lodged at the Grand Béguinage shortly before the Great Summoning of 1878 that left much of the city of Leuven in ruins. No other items from before that event have been recovered from what is now the Leuven Exclusion Zone, which as of this date remains permanently off-limits to the outside world.

Author Spotlight

Artist Showcase

Artist Showcase: James T. Robb

James T. Robb is an illustrator based out of the Los Angeles. area. His work typically revolves around the illustration and gaming industries, but he is constantly seeking to expand into new, interesting endeavors. His father was a businessman in the import and export industry, and as a result James moved around a lot when he was young. A good portion of his childhood was spent in Latin America and all over the US. He grew up with access to a wide array of cultures and beautiful sights, but the constant change also carried an element of isolation.


The Opera Singer

The cold had blown in early on Sunday morning, too early for the fall. People shivered in their purple-and-black sweatshirts; so did Circe. She had taken to pushing her wheelchair, as a form of unofficial rehabilitation. She had managed to get it to the music school’s practice buildings this time. “You can’t practice here,” the security guard said, after Circe’s wheelchair had gotten stuck in the door. “You’re not a student.” Circe first stood up and got the chair out of the door jam. She then placed her fists on her hips.

Author Spotlight


Panel Discussion: Penny Dreadful

Pop culture journalist Theresa DeLucci joins Nightmare’s very own Christie Yant, as well as Angela Watercutter, writer and Wired editor, to discuss the TV series Penny Dreadful.