Nightmare #36 - September 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Lauren K. Cannon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 September 2015
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Here's the 36th issue of Nightmare Magazine, with the usual two original stories. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website. Here are my reviews of the two new stories in this issue.
The first original story is "The Sill and the Dike" by Vajra Chandrasekera. -+- An alien invasion story that we are told occurs in the 1600s. Our narrator has lost all of his family. His father had taught him a ritual that involves a "ghost tree" and the bone of a finger. This could be a metaphor for the European's expansion into Asia and Africa. Never really grabs my interest.
The other original story is "Ten Things to Know About the Ten Questions" by Gwendolyn Kiste. -+- People start disappearing and no one knows why. Somehow a test is developed with questions (actually "banal statements") that is supposed to predict who would disappear. Those that score high on this test are ostracized and our narrator is one of them. She becomes close friends with another. The story never seemed convincing in any way. The end is just what you'd expect. Not any more interesting than the rest of the story.
That's the 36th issue of Nightmare Magazine. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.