Nightmare Magazine




Editorial, November 2012

Welcome to issue two of Nightmare!

Our launch last month was a rousing success, and we’ve had a lot of great comments on the stories from readers and have gotten some good publicity for the magazine in some high profile places—which will hopefully translate to some new readers. Thanks again to all of our Kickstarter backers, and to everyone who bought issue one and/or read the stories in our online edition. For those who read it, I hope everyone enjoyed issue one; if you haven’t yet, well, what are you waiting for?

This issue will be published on the first day of this year’s World Fantasy Convention, which means that shortly thereafter we will know the results of this year’s World Fantasy Awards, for which your humble editor is again nominated. The awards will be announced on November 4, starting at 1pm Eastern Time, so if you want to follow along, head to the internets around then. (As usual, there are plenty of examples of horror on the ballot, so if, as a horror fan, you haven’t paid much attention to the award due to its name, you might want to check it out.)

The World Fantasy Convention will also see the debut of my new anthology, Epic: Legends of Fantasy. Epic is an anthology reprinting the best epic fantasy short fiction, featuring authors such as George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and more. If you’d like a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the anthology, check out “As the Wheel Turns” by Aliette de Bodard; you’ll find that story both in this month’s edition of our sister magazine, Lightspeed, and in the anthology. And if you want more free reads (and/or interviews with the authors), head over to

In this month’s issue, we have original fiction by horror legend Ramsey Campbell (“At Lorn Hall”) and up-and-coming writer Desirina Boskovich (“Construction Project”), along with classic reprints by Joe Haldeman (“Graves”) and Poppy Z. Brite (“The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire”). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” and part two of our in-depth interview with Peter Straub. All that, plus author spotlights with all of our authors, and a showcase on this month’s artist.

That’s about all I have for you this month, but before I step out of your way here and let you get to the fiction, here are a few URLs you might want to check out or keep handy if you’d like to stay apprised of everything new and notable happening with Nightmare:

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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.