Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial: September 2019

Welcome to issue eighty-four of Nightmare!

This month we have a new short horror story from Ray Nayler (“Beyond the High Altar”) that will take us into the cold peaks of nineteenth century Afghanistan and leave us with chills. Merc Fenn Wolfmoor’s new short, “Sweet Dreams are Made of You,” spins obsession and video games into an unsettling read. We also have reprints by Nina Allan (“The Tiger”) and Letitia Trent (“Wilderness”).

If you’re starting to plan your Halloween adventures, Lisa Morton talks about extreme haunts in the latest installment of our column on horror, “The H Word.” Plus we have author spotlights with our authors, and book reviews from Terence Taylor.

John Joseph Adams


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.