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 is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and is the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, including Wastelands and The Living Dead. Recent books include A People’s Future of the United States, Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, and the three volumes of The Dystopia Triptych. 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 twelve times) and an eight-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed and is the publisher of its sister-magazines, Fantasy and Nightmare. For five years, he ran the John Joseph Adams Books novel imprint for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and @johnjosephadams.