Nightmare #40 - January 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Kirsi Salonen
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 January 2016
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Here's the 40th issue of Nightmare Magazine, with two original stories. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website (see link at the top of this review). Here are my reviews of the two new stories in this issue.
The first original story is "Angel, Monster, Man" by Sam J. Miller. -+- It's 1987 and three gay artists are the last survivors of the AIDS plague. The fellow members of their coffee kvetch are dead and there is no Hemingway for this Lost Generation. So they make one up and call him Tom Minniq. They cobble him together from fragments of unknown dead artists. But Tom Minniq takes on a life of his own, manifesting differently for each of the three men in the ways indicated by the title. It turns into alternate history but part of that involves terrorism and murder. In the accompanying Author Spotlight, Miller justifies this. Your mileage may vary.
The second original story is "Vulcanization" by Nisi Shawl. -+- The title refers to the chemical process that makes rubber more durable. The story is set in 1888 and King Leopold II of Belgium is haunted by ghosts of the natives of the Congo he has had killed. He enlists the aid of a scientist named Travert to destroy them. The scientist explains the process by referring to vulcanization. It doesn't work. Nicely done historical ghost story.
That's the 40th 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.