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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, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Nightmare, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World DominationRobot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent projects include: Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Loosed Upon the World, Wastelands 2, Press Start to Play, and The Apocalypse Triptych: The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come. 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 eleven times) and is a seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine and is a producer for Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.