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Editorial: January 2020

Happy New Year, and welcome to issue eighty-eight of Nightmare!

It’s another terrifying issue, with a new short story from Meg Elison (“Familiar Face”) that connects the spirit world with the internet of things. Brian Evenson has penned a darkly fantastic forest in his new short “Elo Havel.” We also have reprints by Stephen Graham Jones (“The Floor of the Basement Is the Roof of Hell”) and S.P. Miskowski (“Alligator Point”).

In our “The H Word” column, author Caitlin Starling takes a disconcerting look at the safest and coziest of places: our homes. Plus, of course we have author spotlights with our authors, and there’s also a new media review from Adam-Troy Castro.

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.