Nightmare #54 - March 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: ilonaremy / Adobe Stock
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 March 2017
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Here's the 54th issue of Nightmare Magazine with two original stories. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it on the 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 "Things Crumble, Things Break" by Nate Southard. -+- Michael and Dana are young people in a doomed town. Some years ago, an accident had occurred at the government research facility near the town. It has done something to all the residents, made their bones very brittle, so that eventually, they would just crumble. The town is under a quarantine as it is feared that it is some sort of disease. Very unsettling, sad story.
The second original story is "You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych" by Kathleen Kayembe. -+- Isobelle is visiting her uncle during the summer and wonders about the sounds coming from her Cousin Mbuyi's old bedroom. Uncle says it's a dog but she doesn't believe him. She always wonders why he has the name of an older twin when the he is an only child. He had gone back to his native Congo and returned but disappeared after a day. In three parts from different points of view, we find out what happened. This was an excellent supernatural story, very imaginative. And it ends well.
That's the current 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.