Horror & Dark Fantasy



Editorial: October 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-seven of Nightmare!

Happy October, the spookiest month of the year! We’re kicking things off with a creepy little morsel from David Tallerman, “Not Us,” which adds a sprinkle of Invasion of the Body Snatchers to a choice serving of bad marriage. In “The Monkey Trap,” Adam-Troy Castro takes us to a book dealer with an incomparable collection—and a pretty creepy method of organizing it. We also have reprints from Kaaron Warren (“Furtherest”) and A.C. Wise (“The Secret of Flight”).

In our nonfiction features, we have Premee Mohamed discussing empathy in the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word,” plus we have a book review from Adam-Troy Castro, and of course, author spotlights with our authors.

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.