Horror & Dark Fantasy




Editorial: September 2020

Welcome to issue ninety-six of Nightmare!

Our original fiction this month is deeply grounded in place. We’re taking you on a witchy trip to the prairie in Ray Nayler’s new story “Outside of Omaha,” and we let Sonya Taaffe immerse us in the canals of Boston in “Tea with the Earl of Twilight.” Our reprints are from Kivel Carson (“The Night Has No Eyes”) and Gary McMahon (“My Boy Builds Coffins”).

On the nonfiction front, Suyi Davies Okungbowa talks about the differences between Nigerian and American horror in our “The H Word” column. Plus, Terence Taylor reviews some excellent new reads, and of course we have author spotlights with our authors. Our ebook readers will enjoy an excerpt from the reissue of Kathe Koja’s classic novel, The Cipher.

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.