Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial, December 2012

Welcome to issue three of Nightmare!

As I write this editorial, I’m just back from the World Fantasy Convention, which was held in Toronto this year. As always, it was a wonderful time, catching up with old friends and colleagues and meeting new ones. We held some promotional events at the convention for Nightmare and Lightspeed, which were well attended, and we had three hundred copies of a Nightmare/Lightspeed sampler distributed amongst the membership, none of which seemed to end up on the “freebie/unwanted books” table afterward, which we took as a good sign. Alas, I did once again manage to not win the World Fantasy Award, but it really is truly an honor to be nominated.

In other news, the fine folks over at the Worlds Without End website asked us to contribute a list of our favorite horror books, and so we gladly complied. If you’d like to check that out, hop on over to worldswithoutend.com and look for Nightmare’s Top 100 Horror Books.

Last month I told you about my new anthology, Epic: Legends of Fantasy. In case you missed that editorial, briefly: Epic is an anthology reprinting the best epic fantasy short fiction, featuring authors such as George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and more. Learn more at johnjosephadams.com/epic.

This month, I have another new book out, or rather a new edition of one of my already published books. Night Shade Books has just released a new revised and expanded edition of my dystopian fiction anthology Brave New Worlds. This new edition contains three stories not included in the first edition, including “The Perfect Match” by Ken Liu, which appears as an original in this month’s issue of our sister magazine Lightspeed. To learn more about Brave New Worlds, visit johnjosephadams.com/brave-new-worlds.


With that out of the way, here’s what we’ve got on tap for you this month:

We have original fiction from new writer J.B. Park (“Chop Shop”) and bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson (“Foul Weather”), along with reprints by Tananarive Due (“Summer”) and Sarah Pinborough (“The Nowhere Man”). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” and an interview with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. All that, plus author spotlights with all of our authors, and a showcase on our cover artist.

That’s about all I have for you this month, but before I step out of your way and let you get to the fiction, here are a few URLs you might want to check out or keep handy if you’d like to stay apprised of everything new and notable happening with Nightmare:

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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.