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Editorial, May 2015

Welcome to issue thirty-two of Nightmare!

Awards season continues, and we are pleased to announce that our sister-magazine Lightspeed is again a Hugo Award finalist for best semiprozine. We’re extremely honored to be nominated again (that’s five times in a row for Lightspeed, and of course we won it last year), so please allow me to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us. Also, frequent Lightspeed illustrator Elizabeth Leggett is a finalist for best Fan Artist. And finally, Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s story, “The Day the World Turned Upside Down,” is up for Best Novelette. You can see a full list of the other nominees at

In other news, this year’s Nebula Awards voting has now closed. As you probably know, “We Are the Cloud” by Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed, September 2014) is a finalist for the Nebula Award for best novelette. You can find the full slate of nominees at The Nebulas will be presented at the 50th annual Nebula Awards Weekend, held this year in Chicago, Illinois, June 4–7.

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In anthology news, the final installment of The Apocalypse Triptych — the apocalyptic anthology series I’m co-editing with Hugh Howey — is now available. The new volume, The End Has Come, focuses on life after the apocalypse. The 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 for more information about the book.

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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 Kealan Patrick Burke (“The Red Light Is Blinking”) and Sandra McDonald (“Rules for Ordinary Heroes”), along with reprints by Kaaron Warren (“Mountain”) and Stephen Graham Jones (“Raphael”).

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 Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement winner William F. Nolan.

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.