Nightmare #41 - February 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Steven Stahlberg
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 27 February 2016
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Here's the 41st issue of Nightmare Magazine with two original stories. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it on its 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 "No Other Men in Mitchell" by Rose Hartley. -+- Our narrator is Dylan, who we find out is in a hospital bed from either meningitis or meningococal. He can't move at all except to blink his eyes and the doctors think he's in a vegetative state. He is visited by his mates, Barry, Cam, and Thommo, who are dead, and his mother, who is alive. He is aware of everything around him. What can he do? A sad tale with a creepy feel.
The second original story is "Princess" by Dennis Etchison. -+- A man and a woman are in the front seat of their car, with the man driving. In the back are their daughters, Tracy and Angela. They are headed for a place called Princess Land where Angela is looking forward to becoming a princess. Tracy has other interests, and is an artist and a bit of a tomboy. Just before they get to Princess Land, their mother insists they make a quick stop. In the Spotlight article, Etchison says "I've written many stories about that feeling you get when you know something's wrong, but you're not quite sure what it is yet." This is one of them and a perfect example of the quiet horror of which Etchison is a master.
That's the 41st 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.