Horror & Dark Fantasy



Editorial: August 2019

Welcome to issue eighty-three of Nightmare!

Every society has its rites of passage. In this month’s first original short, Kurt Fawver takes us into one town’s terrifying entry to adulthood: “The Bleeding Maze.” Our other original story, “The Skin of a Teenage Boy is Not Alive,” by Senaa Ahmad, explores the effects of demonic possession. We also have reprints from Amanda Downum (“Spore”) and Richard Gavin (“The Word-Made Flesh”).

In the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” Darcie Little Badger talks about the differences between jump scares and dread. We also have author spotlights with our authors, and an interview with author Nathan Ballingrud.

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.