Nightmare #47- August 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Jana Heidersdorf
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 August 2016
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The first original story is "Fossil Heart" by Amanda Downum. -+- Nan is haunted by the drowning death of her close friend Chelsea when they were very young, before their relationship had the time to deepen. She drowned in the back seat of a car while Nan survived in the front seat, unable to save her. Now she lives with Evie who loves her even though she knows that she will always be second. But Nan can travel back in time and had done so for longer and longer intervals. But she encounters monsters when she does. Can she go back fourteen years to Chelsea's death? Great story with an absolutely perfect ending.
The second original story is "The Hunt for the Leather Apron" by G. Neri. -+- This is a police report with the testimony, written in his own dialect, of Edward John Nichols, the son of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Polly Nichols. It details his search for the killer and his confrontation with Leather Apron, whom he thinks is the murderer. Done so well, you'd think it's real!
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