Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial, June 2015

Welcome to issue thirty-three of Nightmare!

ICYMI last month, the final installment of The Apocalypse Triptych — the apocalyptic anthology series I co-edited with Hugh Howey — is now available. The new volume, The End Has Come, focuses on life after the apocalypse. The first two volumes, The End is Nigh (about life before the apocalypse) and The End is Now (about life during the apocalypse) are also available. If you’d like a preview of the anthology, you’re in luck: You can read Annie Bellet’s The End Has Come story in the May issue of Lightspeed. Pop over there to read it, or visit johnjosephadams.com/apocalypse-triptych for more information about the book.

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In other news, this month also marks the publication of our sister-magazine Lightspeed’s big special anniversary issue, Queers Destroy Science Fiction! We’ve brought together a team of terrific queer creators and editors, led by guest editor and bestselling author, Seanan McGuire. We have eleven original science fiction short stories by Susan Jane Bigelow, Chaz Brenchley, John Chu, Felicia Davi, Amal El-Mohtar, Kate Galey, and others, plus twelve original flash fiction stories (selected by Hugo-nominated editor Sigrid Ellis), as well as an array of related nonfiction (curated by Mark Oshiro). It’s another great special issue, so be sure to check it out. It’s available in both ebook and trade paperback format. Visit destroysf.com/queers for more information.

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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 Maria Dahvana Headley (“The Cellar Dweller”) and Dale Bailey (“Snow”), along with reprints by Sarah Langan (“The Changeling”) and Chet Williamson (“The Music of the Dark Time”).

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 Lucy A. Snyder.

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

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John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World DominationRobot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent projects include: Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Loosed Upon the World, Wastelands 2, Press Start to Play, and The Apocalypse Triptych: The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come. 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 eleven times) and is a seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine and is a producer for Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.