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Editorial, February 2014

Welcome to issue seventeen of Nightmare!

As you may have heard, our sister-magazine, Lightspeed, is doing a Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help make it the best it can be. Well, the campaign launched on January 15, and it’s going very well so far—in fact, you could say they destroyed their funding goal. The campaign actually funded in about seven hours! And as I write this the Kickstarter has exceeded $21,000 in funding, more than 430% of the original funding goal!

As such, some cool stretch goals have been added: If the funding reaches $25K—which seems imminent at this point—we here at Nightmare will also destroy horror with a Women Destroy Horror! special issue, guest-edited by by the legendary editor-queen of the dark and the macabre, Ellen Datlow! If it funds, we’ll publish Women Destroy Horror!—a double-sized extravaganza—as our October issue this year.

To learn more about the Kickstarter and the other stretch goals, or to back the project, please visit The Kickstarter ends February 15, so there’s still lots of time to spread the word and/or get in on the action. Thanks so much to everyone who has already shown their support!

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Before we get to our stories, just a reminder that over in the Nightmare ebookstore (, I wanted to point out that we currently have the following ebook bundles available:

  • Nightmare (Issues 1-6) – $14.99
  • Nightmare (Issues 7-12) – $14.99
  • Nightmare (Year One: Issues 1-12) – $24.99

Buying a Bundle gets you a copy of every issue published during the named period. Buying either of the half-year Bundles saves you $3 (so you’re basically getting one issue for free), or if you spring for the Year One Bundle, you’ll save $11 off the cover price. So if you need to catch up on Nightmare, that’s a great way to do so.

Of course, if you don’t want to buy a Bundle, you can also just purchase an individual ebook issue, or if you’d like to subscribe directly from us, you can do that too. All purchases from the Nightmare store are provided in both epub and mobi format. Visit to learn more about all of our subscription options.

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With our announcements out of the way, here’s what we’ve got on tap this month:

We have original fiction from Adam-Troy Castro (“The Totals”) and Kat Howard (“Dreaming Like a Ghost”), along with reprints by Gary Braunbeck (“We Now Pause for Station Identification”) and Tanith Lee (“The Gorgon”).

We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights with our authors, a showcase on our cover artist, and a feature interview with legendary master of horror Dean Koontz.

This issue is sponsored by our friends at Samhain Publishing. This month, look for The Gospel of Z by Stephen Graham Jones (of which you can also read an excerpt in our ebook edition this month). You can find more from Samhain at

That’s about all I have for you this month. Thanks for reading!

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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 and @johnjosephadams.