John Joseph Adams will step down as editor of Nightmare magazine after issue #100 in January 2021, with with author and editor Wendy N. Wagner taking over. Adams will remain editor of Lightspeed and publisher of both magazines.
If you’re a diligent Nightmare reader, you’re already familiar with her editorial contributions: She was the guest editor for our Queers Destroy Horror! special issue back in 2015. But in truth if you’ve read any issue since 2014 you’ve seen Wendy’s input; she’s been my stalwart advisor and lieutenant for more than six years. I know that I’m leaving the magazine in the best possible hands.
I’m so excited to lead Nightmare in our search for potent and powerful new work in the horror and dark fantasy genres. All eras are challenging, but right now, across the globe, we are facing tremendous uncertainty and incredibly dangerous situations. Climate change threatens our air, land, and oceans. The gap between the rich and poor widens every day while governments and corporations encroach on our rights. We are lonelier and more isolated than at any time in human history, while social media allows us to livestream every wrenching new tragedy into the palms of our hands.
I don’t think we’ve ever needed great horror fiction so badly.
Wagner added, “While the name on the cover might be changing, most things at Nightmare will stay the same.” For more information, see the announcement on the Nightmare website.
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