Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial, October 2012

Welcome to issue one of Nightmare!

Nightmare is a new online horror and dark fantasy magazine. In our pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales to visceral psychological horror.

Every month we plan on bringing you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet. When you read Nightmare, it is our hope that you’ll see where horror comes from, where it is now, and where it’s going.

Nightmare will also include nonfiction, fiction podcasts, and Q&As with our authors that go behind-the-scenes of their stories. Our planned publication schedule each month will include two pieces of original fiction and two fiction reprints, along with a feature interview and an artist gallery showcasing our cover artist. We will publish ebook issues on the first of every month, which will be available for sale in ePub and mobi format via our website and also available in other formats such as Kindle and Nook. We will also offer subscriptions to our ebook edition in a variety of formats. Each issue’s contents will be serialized on our website throughout the month, with new features publishing on the first four Wednesdays of every month.

Our goal with Nightmare, at its most basic, is to bring great horror short fiction to the masses. And with our editorial model of publishing two original stories alongside two reprints every month, I think we’ll be able to expose horror readers to a lot of great stories, both new and classic. Also, I hope to bring a more diverse audience to Nightmare, and to publish a more diverse range of authors; I’m hoping that my extensive experience in science fiction and fantasy will bring some of those readers and writers over to the dark side (and perhaps vice versa as well).

As I said above, Nightmare will typically feature two original stories and two reprints in every issue. For our debut issue, however, we will be bringing you four all-new, never before published horror stories: “Property Condemned” by Jonathan Maberry, “Frontier Death Song” by Laird Barron, “Good Fences” by Genevieve Valentine, and “Afterlife” by Sarah Langan.

We’ll also have author spotlights with each of our authors, as well as an in-depth feature interview with horror legend Peter Straub. And finally we’ll have the first installment of “The H Word,” a monthly column which will focus on exploring the many facets of the field of horror.

So that’s our first issue; we hope you enjoy it!

Future issues will contain work by bestselling and award-winning authors Ramsey Campbell, Sarah Langan (a second story!), Jeff VanderMeer, and Daniel H. Wilson. Plus, we’ll have stories from exciting newcomers such as Desirina Boskovich, Tamsyn Muir, J. B. Park, and Matt Williamson. If that lineup of forthcoming fiction sounds good to you, the best way to ensure that you never miss an issue—and the best way to support the magazine—is to subscribe. So please consider doing so, and tell a friend!

Speaking of friends, thanks again to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign and showed us that crucial early support to help us get the magazine off the ground. Once again, we salute you! We hope you’ll find that your faith in us was well-placed.

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 johnjosephadams.com and @johnjosephadams.