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Editorial

Editorial: October 2019

Welcome to issue eighty-five of Nightmare—and happy October! Every month is a great month to seek out literary scares, but an October horror story is just a little sweeter than usual.

If you loved the Scream franchise, our new original short from Carlie St. George (“Some Kind of Blood-Soaked Future”) is going to tickle your terror bone. It’s the story of a final girl who gives up running away—and starts fighting back. In Rich Larson’s new short (“Growing and Growing”), two men find an abandoned baby and try to help the sweet little thing. What could possibly go wrong? Our reprints this month come from horror icons Nathan Ballingrud (“The Maw”) and Gemma Files (“Grave Goods”).

In the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” Benjamin Percy talks about building the skeleton of a horror story. Plus we have author spotlights with our authors and a movie review from Adam-Troy Castro.

John Joseph Adams

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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.