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Editorial, June 2016

Welcome to issue forty-five of Nightmare!

We have original fiction from David Tallerman (“Great Black Wave”) and Marc Laidlaw (“The Finest, Fullest Flowering”), along with reprints by Lucy Taylor (“Things Of Which We Do Not Speak”) and Rena Mason (“Ruminations”).

We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus author spotlights with our authors and a feature interview with legendary author Joyce Carol Oates.

Nebula and Stoker Awards Results

We’re thrilled to report that Alyssa Wong’s story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” from the Queers Destroy Horror! special issue of Nightmare (Oct. 2015), won the Nebula Award for best short story! Congrats to Alyssa and to all of the other winners. You can find a full list of the winners at SFWA.org/nebula-awards. Our sister-magazine, Lightspeed’s, streak of losing Nebula Awards has remained intact, and is now at fourteen-in-a-row and counting. Condolences (and another round of congratulations) to Amal El-Mohtar and Brooke Bolander who were also nominated this year for their stories in Lightspeed.

“Hungry Daughters” was also up for the Stoker Award, but, alas, it was not able to claim a rare Nebula-Stoker double-victory. For a full list of the winners, visit horror.org.

Locus Awards Finalists Announced

In other awards news, the Locus Awards finalists have now been announced, and we’re pleased to announce that that upstart story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” is also a finalist for the Locus Award—as are its Nebula Award co-nominees, Amal El-Mohtar (“Madeleine,” Lightspeed, June 2015) and Brooke Bolander (“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” Lightspeed, February 2015). And last but not least, yours truly is a finalist in the Best Editor category. Congratulations to Alyssa, Amal, and Brooke, and to all of the other finalists, and thanks to all who voted for them (and me). You’ll find a complete list of the finalists, and instructions for voting, at locusmag.com.

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It’s another great month for nightmares, so 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.