Nightmare #44 - May 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Daniel Sherekin
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 27 May 2016
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Here's the 44th issue of Nightmare Magazine, with two original stories. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) at their website (see link at the top of this review). Here are my reviews of the two new stories in this issue. This one is a bonus for me as they are by two of my favorite writers.
The first original story is "The Old Horror Writer" by Adam-Troy Castro. -+- Our narrator has sought and found an old horror writer who has been mostly forgotten. His last novel was twenty years ago, his last short story 10. They talk and the writer says why he has not finished a story in years. The horrors of this near future are worse than anything he can come up with. Then, the narrator makes the narrator an offer. The end makes this a really great story.
The second original story is "Sawing" by Lisa Goldstein. -+- Clarissa is with a traveling show in the Depression-era, drought-ridden 1931 Midwest. She has amnesia and does not know her past, but there are scars on her back. She winds up am assistant to the abusive magician Betoldi. He saws her in half every night. But when she wonders what happened to the previous assistant, things take a nasty turn. As is usually the case with Goldstein, a good story with good characters and a well-drawn setting.
That's the 44th 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.