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Editorial: April 2019

Welcome to issue seventy-nine of Nightmare!

Our first new original short is from Mari Ness: “The Girl and the House.” It’s a story guaranteed to make you think differently about gothic novels. Dennis E. Staples gives us a most unusual heart condition in his new short story “The One You Feed.” We also have reprints by Priya Sharma (“The Ballad of Boomtown”) and Stephen Gallagher (“Shepherds’ Business”).

Kevin J. Anderson talks about the marriage between humor and horror in the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word.” We also have author spotlights with our authors, and a media review from Adam-Troy Castro.

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.