Nightmare #37- October 2015
Edited by Wendy N. Wagner
Cover Artist: A.J. Jones
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 October 2015
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Here's the 37th issue of Nightmare Magazine a special Queers Destroy Horror! issue, guest edited by Wendy N. Wagner, with four original stories. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website. Here are my reviews of the four new stories in this issue.
The first original story is "Golden Hair, Red Lips" by Matthew Bright. -+- Dorian Grey during the height of the AIDS-era San Francisco and Castro Street. Very atmospheric and evocative of the time. Well done!
The second original story is "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers" by Alyssa Wong. -+- Jen, like her mother is a shape-changing supernatural creature who sucks in the thoughts and dreams of the people she preys on. When her latest victim, Harvey, turns out to be a killer, she finds she always wants more. She has a loving relationship with Aiko but breaks up with her because she is worried she might harm her. After a tense meeting with her mother, she meets Seo-yun, a woman like her and starts a relationship with her. Things take a dark twist for an intense ending, Great, imaginative tale!
The third original story is "The Lord of Corrosion" by Lee Thomas. -+- Josh's, husband, Ozzie, had died about a year ago and he is bringing her up as a single parent. She is adopted and her mother was Hispanic, a heritage which Josh celebrates with her. She even took lessons in Spanish. So when her school reports that she had written a Hispanic slur on a piece of artwork, he wants to know where it came from. She tells him of an invisible friend who is her "other daddy". Josh investigates more and finds out who she is talking about (not Ozzie). This all builds to a thrilling conclusion in which Josh takes action. Great human interest here and a crackling good horror story!
The fourth original story is "Dispatches from a Hole in the World" by Sunny Morraine. -+- Our narrator is studying the Year of Suicides, three hundred thousand seventy-six people between the ages of ten and twenty-five committed suicide and recorded it. Needless to say, this has a profound effect. Very unsettling.
That's the 37th issue of Nightmare Magazine, their best of the year! You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.