Nightmare #57 - June 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: aqsandrew/Adobe Stock Art
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 June 2017
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Here's the 57th issue of Nightmare Magazine with two original stories. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website. Here are my reviews of the two new stories in this issue.
The first original story is "Secret Keeper" by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. -+- A girl is kissed in the womb by the devil and is born with half a face. Grafts do not help. Her middle school life is terrible. When she enters high school, she disappears and becomes Ghost Girl. She commits acts of vandalism. When a girl named Chrissie comes to the school who has a beautiful singing voice, she becomes her domineering mentor. Obvious take on The Phantom of the Opera. Nice development of the two principal characters. Very well done!
The second original story is "The Narrow Escape of Zipper-Girl" by Adam-Troy Castro. -+- Our narrator meets girl who has a zipper running diagonally across her neck and is fascinated by it. It only opens to more skin below but he fantasizes about it opening up her neck. They have an affair and live together but that is all he can think about. Nice build-up of true creepiness. Really unsettling.
That's the current issue of Nightmare Magazine. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website (link at the top of this review) and support them, if you want to, in some way.