I just learned that John Joseph Adams, one of the best editors working in genre fiction today, is starting a new horror magazine called Nightmare. That in and of itself would be wonderful news, but he’s doing it in conjunction with Creeping Hemlock Press, which is owned and operated by RJ and Julia Sevin, the husband and wife team who published my zombie novella THE CROSSING and who will be publishing my collected zombie stories, DATING IN DEAD WORLD, later this year. For me, this is the perfect storm of editorial smarts and publishing savvy, and I’m thrilled to support them in their kickstarter campaign to get the magazine off the ground.
There are far too few professional horror magazines out there these days, and this promises to be one of the best ever. The Nightmare Magazine kickstarter pitch is below. Please take a look, and if you to see some quality horror fiction in the next few years, I hope you’ll help out too.
About the Kickstarter
Nightmare Magazine is a monthly magazine of horror and dark fantasy short fiction which will be published both online and in ebook format. This Kickstarter is intended to help fund the first issue and to get the magazine off the ground.
Not familiar with Kickstarter? Essentially, you pledge any amount to support a project, and then choose one of the rewards in the right column. You only get charged if the project reaches its fundraising goal. Here’s the FAQ page.
In Nightmare‘s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror. No subject is off-limits, and we will be encouraging our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.
Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, every month Nightmare will bring you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet. When you read Nightmare, it is our hope that you’ll see where horror comes from, where it is now, and where it’s going.
Nightmarewill also include nonfiction, fiction podcasts, and Q&As with our authors that go behind-the-scenes of their stories. Our planned publication schedule each month will include two pieces of original fiction and two fiction reprints, along with a feature interview and an artist gallery showcasing our cover artist. We will publish ebook issues on the first of every month, which will be available for sale in ePub format via our website and also available in other formats such as Kindle and Nook. We will also offer subscriptions to our ebook edition in a variety of formats. Each issue’s contents will be serialized on our website throughout the month, with new features publishing on the first four Wednesdays of every month.
About Issue #1
As described above Nightmare will typically feature two original stories and two reprints in every issue. For our debut issue, however, we will be bringing you four all-new, never before published horror stories. Issue #1 will feature stories by the following authors:
Laird Barron is the author of several books, including the short story collections The Imago Sequence and Occultation, and the novel The Croning. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Inferno, Lovecraft Unbound, Sci Fiction, Supernatural Noir, The Book of Cthluhu, Creatures, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and Best Horror of the Year. He is a three-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, and a three-time finalist for the Stoker Award. His work has also been nominated for the Crawford, World Fantasy, International Horror Guild, and Locus awards.
Sarah Langan is the author of the novels The Keeper and The Missing, and her most recent novel, Audrey’s Door, won the 2009 Stoker for best novel. Her short fiction has appeared in the magazines Cemetery Dance, Phantom, and Chiaroscuro, and in the anthologies Brave New Worlds, Darkness on the Edge, and Unspeakable Horror. She is currently working on a post-apocalyptic young adult series called Kids and two adult novels: Empty Houses, which was inspired by The Twilight Zone, and My Father’s Ghost, which was inspired by Hamlet. Her work has been translated into ten languages and optioned by the Weinstein Company for film. It has also garnered three Bram Stoker Awards, an American Library Association Award, two Dark Scribe Awards, a New York Times Book Review editor’s pick, and a Publishers Weekly favorite book of the year selection.
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer. He’s the author of many novels including Assassin’s Code, Flesh & Bone Dead of Night, Patient Zero and Rot& Ruin; and the editor of V-Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars. His nonfiction books on topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop-culture. Since 1978 he has sold more than 1200 magazine feature articles, 3000 columns, two plays, greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, and textbooks. Jonathan continues to teach the celebrated Experimental Writing for Teens class, which he created. He founded the Writers Coffeehouse and co-founded The Liars Club; and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries, as well as a keynote speaker and guest of honor at major writers and genre conferences.
Genevieve Valentine is the author of the novel, Mechanique: a Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. Her short fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from magazines such as Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and Escape Pod, and in many anthologies, including Armored, Under the Moons of Mars, Running with the Pack, The Living Dead 2, The Way of the Wizard, Federations, Teeth, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, among others. Her writing has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award.
A Commitment to Diversity
We believe that the horror/fantasy community’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues. Accordingly, we will welcome and encourage submissions from writers both experienced and new, as well as from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.
A Note to Writers
If the Kickstarter is funded, we will open to submissions shortly afterward. Please do not submit or query before the Kickstarter concludes.
About the Publishers
Nightmare will be a joint venture between John Joseph Adams (who is also editing the magazine) and Creeping Hemlock Press.
About John Joseph Adams: John Joseph Adams—called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble—is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Armored, Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. Forthcoming work includes Other Worlds Than These (July 2012), Epic (November 2012), The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination (January 2013), and Robot Uprisings (2013). He is a four-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a three-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine, and is the co-host of Wired’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Learn more at www.johnjosephadams.com.
About Creeping Hemlock Press: Creeping Hemlock Press was founded in Gretna, Louisiana by the husband-and-wife creative duo R.J. and Julia Sevin (seh-VAN). As sometime writers, oftentime readers, they found themselves frustrated with the scarcity of generous-paying, atmospheric and bizarre short story anthologies. They took matters into their own hands in late 2004 when they began to accept submissions for their own anthology. Many months, one baby, two hurricanes, and one soggy home later, Corpse Blossoms was born to critical success and a nomination for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker award. As their post-Katrina wanderings carried them to Texas and back, the Sevins published many fine editions from such authors at Tom Piccirilli, Adam-Troy Castro, Tim Lebbon, and Lawrence Block. In 2011, they unveiled Print Is Dead, an imprint devoted to zombie fiction and endorsed by none other than George A. Romero. After nearly a decade in the business, they’re just getting started. Learn more at www.creepinghemlock.com.
About the Funding
All of the money raised by this project will go into issue #1 and otherwise launching Nightmare Magazine. This includes webhosting, web design, paying authors professional rates for their work (at least 5 cents per word), and promotion. Anything raised above and beyond our stated goal will go toward the production of future issues of Nightmare.
About the Reward Tiers
We’ve priced our reward tiers so that if you contribute to our Kickstarter, you’re basically placing a pre-order. When we launch, individual issues will cost $3, and a one-year subscription will cost $25, and so on. Assuming the Kickstarter is funded, we will launch the magazine on October 1, 2012, and rewards will be delivered at that time.
Pledge $3 or more
Pledge $25 or more
Pledge $50 or more
You receive a two-year ebook subscription to NIGHTMARE in ePub or Mobi format.
Pledge $75 or more
You receive a three-year ebook subscription to NIGHTMARE in ePub or Mobi format.
Pledge $100 or more
You receive a one-year ebook subscription to NIGHTMARE in ePub or Mobi format. You also receive a special, limited edition print version of issue #1, which will be printed only once as a reward for Kickstarter backers. Note: If you reside outside the United States, please pledge an additional $15 for this reward to cover added shipping costs.
Pledge $500 or more
You receive a two-year ebook subscription to NIGHTMARE in ePub or Mobi format. You also receive a special, limited edition print version of issue #1, which will be printed only once as a reward for Kickstarter backers, SIGNED by all of the contributors. Note: If you reside outside the United States, please pledge an additional $15 for this reward to cover added shipping costs.
Pledge $500 or more
You receive a LIFETIME ebook subscription to NIGHTMARE in ePub or Mobi format (i.e., the subscription will last as long as either you or NIGHTMARE does!).
Pledge $500 or more
You receive a two-year ebook subscription to NIGHTMARE in ePub or Mobi format. You also receive a LIFETIME subscription to Creeping Hemlock/Print is Dead trade paperbacks (i.e., you will receive a copy of every new book Creeping Hemlock/Print is Dead releases in trade paperback), and a copy of every in-print title from Creeping Hemlock Press. (For a list of in-print titles: http://www.creepinghemlock.com/toptier.html.)
Pledge $1,000 or more
You receive a LIFETIME subscription NIGHTMARE in ePub or Mobi format, plus a LIFETIME subscription to Creeping Hemlock/Print is Dead trade paperbacks (i.e., you will receive a copy of every new book Creeping Hemlock/Print is Dead releases in trade paperback), and a copy of every in-print title from Creeping Hemlock Press. (For a list of in-print titles: http://www.creepinghemlock.com/toptier.html.)