Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial: August 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-five of Nightmare!

This month, Claire Wrenwood brings us “Dead Girls Have No Names,” a deeply unhappy story of a mother’s vengeance sewn into flesh. We’ve got a new short by Vajra Chandrasekera: “Redder,” a story of blood and pain written across generations. We also have reprints by Adam-Troy Castro (“The Hour in Between”) and Livia Llewellyn (“Yours Is the Right to Begin”).

In “The H Word,” our column on horror, author Tim Waggoner talks about the irrational and its role in the genre. Plus our staff brings us author spotlights with our authors, and we have a feature interview with author (and former Nightmare reprints editor!) John Langan.

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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.