Horror & Dark Fantasy



Editorial: June 2019

Welcome to issue eighty-one of Nightmare!

One of the things we believe here at Nightmare is that stories have a tremendous power. They can help us explore new ideas. They can inspire us, and in terrible situations, they can encourage and even comfort us. This month, original story “The Night Princes” (from Megan Arkenberg) takes us to a war zone, where a potter and a group of scared children spend a long night telling stories. In her new story “The Taurids Branch,” Alanna J. Faelan also tackles the way we use stories in hard times, exploring the nature of truth and lies in a terrifying apocalypse. We also have reprints from Laird Barron (“In a Cavern, In a Canyon”) and Gary McMahon (“Strange Scenes from an Unfinished Film”).

Our nonfiction team brings us the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” with author Christopher Golden digging into the dark connections between archaeology and horror. Plus, we’ve got author spotlights with our authors, and book reviews from Terence Taylor.

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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.