Nightmare Magazine - Horror and Dark Fantasy Story Podcast (Audiobook | Short Stories)

49 EpisodesProduced by John Joseph Adams (Geek's Guide to the Galaxy)

Edited by bestselling, award-winning anthologist John Joseph Adams, NIGHTMARE is a digital magazine of horror and dark fantasy. In its pages, you will find all kinds of horror and dark fantasy, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror. Every month NIGHTMARE wi… read more

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Adam-Troy Castro | Example

March 20th, 2019


Hector Ortiz sat on the edge of his cot, smoking a cigarette, because why not. For as long as he cared to remember, “why not?” had been the chief consideration on any of the few life decisions permitted to him, which …

Cadwell Turnbull | All the Hidden Places

March 6th, 2019


“Can we stop?” asked Nikki, panting, her face tingling from the assault of the cold. Her fingers were numb, her nose running. Her lungs burned. “When …

Rafeeat Aliyu | 58 Rules to Ensure Your Husband Loves You Forever

February 20th, 2019


(23) No man jokes with food. Does your husband like a kind of food? Try to change your cooking. Rumour has it that in the early mornings, the expressways of Abuja are littered with dead bodies. Iman’s Toyota cut through …

Micah Dean Hicks | Quiet the Dead

February 6th, 2019


Stray spirits stirred in the dark. They lay like oil slicks across the asphalt, pulled their misty bodies in and out of the doors of Swine Hill’s …

Vajra Chandrasekera | On the Origin of Specie

January 16th, 2019


In the tower where the tax collectors go, I am taken blindfolded up steps and through passages and through interminable pauses in open spaces, myself …

Natalia Theodoridou | What It Sounds Like When You Fall

January 2nd, 2019


It’s Uncle Pete’s funeral today, so he puts on his good brown suit with the brass buttons, and we all set out for the cemetery before the sun is up, because we don’t want to get too hot in our good clothes on our way …

Carrie Vaughn | The Island of Beasts

December 19th, 2018


She was a bundle on the bottom of the skiff, tossed in with her skirt and petticoat tangled around her legs, hands bound behind her with a thin chain that also wrapped around her neck. She didn’t struggle; the silver in …

Adam-Troy Castro | The Ten Things She Said While Dying: An Annotation

December 5th, 2018


Her name was Robyn Howlett, and she was twenty-two years old. Robyn was an alien creature to me, product of conditions wholly at odds with those that …

Usman Malik | Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung [Part 2]

November 14th, 2018


This is how Hakim Shafi gave away his life: First, he closed his shop. Next, he sold his house. “What in the name of God are you doing?” I said. …

Usman Malik | Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung [Part 1]

November 7th, 2018


Jee Inspector Sahib, he came looking for a missing girl in Lahore Park one evening in the summer of 2013, this man known as Hakim Shafi. It was a summer to blanch the marrow of all summers. Heat rose coiling like a …

Halli Villegas | A Mother’s Love Never Ends

October 17th, 2018


Mother would have never taken the bus. She had specific prejudices---the train yes, the bus no, taking The Lord’s name in vain, no, calling someone …

Joanna Parypinski | What’s Coming to You

October 3rd, 2018


Madeline had a plain, dull face that only a mother could love, even though hers hadn’t. She’d been a clever child, clever enough to realize early on …

M. Rickert | True Crime

September 19th, 2018


He cut off her arms and threw them on the side of the road. They wanted a boy. Her uncle taught her how to play the game. The last time anyone saw her she was dancing. She was drunk. She was flirting with everyone. She …

Weston Ochse | House of Small Spiders

September 5th, 2018


Some houses never have a soul. It’s not their fault. It’s just the way it is. For a soul to be born to a house, almost too many things have to …

G.V. Anderson | Crook’s Landing, by Scaffold

August 15th, 2018


My brother was hanged on a Monday and two days later I followed him. When the trapdoor opened for the short drop, the sharp stop never came: instead, …

Nino Cipri | Dead Air

August 1st, 2018


Nita: So you thought I made you sign a release as, what, foreplay? [Laughter.] Voice: I was, like, four tequilas deep by the time you walked in and …

Caspian Gray | Kylie Land

July 18th, 2018


Do not make friends was not actually an explicit Rule, but it was implied by some of the others: do not do anything to draw attention to yourself and

Alison Littlewood | Ways to Wake

July 4th, 2018


I hear the sound before I open my eyes. Someone is eating, though I should be alone in my room, and it’s too loud, too close. When I look, I see the …

Adam-Troy Castro | Red Rain

June 20th, 2018


Have you ever found yourself on a midtown sidewalk on some warm July day when a plummeting body splattered on the pavement, directly in front of you? …

Nibedita Sen | Leviathan Sings to Me in the Deep

June 6th, 2018


3 Harvest: Arcon Glass came to dinner in my cabin tonight. A rarity; he has declined all previous invitations on pretext of work. Over dessert, First Mate Law asked him if the Guild of Natural Philosophers’ purpose in …

Nalo Hopkinson | Ally

May 16th, 2018


It’d been a warm, sunny spring afternoon. The grass in the cemetery was green, the roses and lavender in the wreaths fragrant. Iqbal’s funeral had been a quiet affair, all things considered. Our circle was getting too …

Stephanie Malia Morris | Bride Before You

May 2nd, 2018


Such a beautiful boy, Cornelius Clay. Pity no woman’ll marry him. And to think it ain even his fault, sweet baby, born into money and beauty both, …

Emma Osborne | Don’t Pack Hope

April 18th, 2018


The horde is attracted to bright colours, so when you put together your bug-out bag, you pack the drab outfits you’d sworn never to wear again once …

Adam-Troy Castro | Pitcher Plant

April 4th, 2018


The mansion is a study in architecture at war with itself. It’s not just the windows that don’t match and the turrets that don’t overlook anything and the roof that sits flat here while looming at impossible angles …

Lilliam Rivera | Crave

March 21st, 2018


Taina crawls underneath the shack to unearth her wooden cigar box. She opens it and places the items in front of her: a piece of leftover mundillo …

A. Merc Rustad | Mr. Try Again

March 7th, 2018


Six-year-old Violet Wellington was the only child to come out of the swamp. The boys were gone forever. She sat on the side of a muddied dirt road, …

Emily B. Cataneo | Seven Steps to Beauty for a Girl Named Avarice

February 21st, 2018


She’s born in a pine-wood cottage, birches tangled over its roof, snow burying the log pile. When she’s still young, her father disappears in a war of musket-shot and horses screaming into the gunpowder dark. Her mother …

Theodore McCombs | Six Hangings in the Land of Unkillable Women

February 7th, 2018


Mill—a charmer and a rake of no respectable talent whatever—insinuated himself into the home of the widow Annie Holcomb and her seventeen-year-old …

Vincent Michael Zito | The Owner’s Guide to Home Repair, Page 238: What to Do About Water Odor

January 17th, 2018


Turn the crystal knob on your kitchen faucet and shut off the water. Step back. Wave the air in front of you, cough, snort, pinch your nose, do …

Lori Selke | A Head in a Box, or, Implications of Consciousness after Decapitation

January 3rd, 2018


This is not about the movie. The movie that launched her career, where she played the pretty wife of a headstrong cop. Pretty, blonde, smart, …

Caspian Gray - The King of Ashland County

December 16th, 2015


Uncle Reggie couldn’t afford to fly to Ireland to find a selkie wife, so instead he drove across the country to Carmel-by-the-Sea and came back with …

Matthew Kressel - Demon in Aisle 6

November 18th, 2015


I first saw the demon the Sunday after you died. It was 11:53 p.m. Just seven minutes until I would have grabbed my knapsack and biked home to Mom …

Nate Southard - The Cork Won’t Stay

July 15th, 2015


Hand in hand, your family and some friends stand in a circle around your father. Ten seconds have passed since his last breath, and you’re counting, wondering if it was his last breath or his last breath. Your eyes lock …

Dale Bailey - Snow

June 17th, 2015


They took shelter outside of Boulder, in a cookie-cutter subdivision that had seen better days. Five or six floor plans, Dave Kerans figured, brick …

Maria Dahvana Headley - Who Is Your Executioner?

November 5th, 2014


Since we were little, Oona’s collected Victorian photographs. A certain subset of people love them, but I got a library book of them once, just …

Seanan McGuire - Spores

June 4th, 2014


Something in the lab smelled like nectarine jam. I looked up from the industrial autoclave, frowning as I sniffed the air. Unusual smells aren’t a good thing when you work in a high-security bio lab. No matter how …

Sam J. Miller - 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides

December 4th, 2013


1. Because it would take the patience of a saint or Dalai Lama to smilingly turn the other cheek to those six savage boys day after day, to emerge …

Norman Partridge - 10/31: Bloody Mary

October 2nd, 2013


The boy isn’t very large. The way things are these days, he figures that’s a plus. He is less of a target at night, and for this reason he has come to trust the darkness. Strange to trust darkness in a world overrun …

Robert Kirkman - Alone, Together

September 11th, 2013


She was dressed like a private detective from a low-budget TV show—a pair of slacks, modest high heels, and the most ridiculous trench coat I’d ever …

Carrie Vaughn - Fishwife

June 26th, 2013


The men went out in boats to fish the cold waters of the bay because their fathers had, because men in this village always had. The women waited to …

Tanith Lee - Doll Re Mi

May 15th, 2013


Folscyvio saw the Thing in a small cramped shop off the Via Silvia. In fact, he almost passed it by. He had just come from the Laguna, climbed the …

Weston Ochse - Gravitas

April 24th, 2013


He stared bleary-eyed at the broken glass studding the land. This was his crop, seeded over the span of four weeks, irrigated from the residue of Napa Valley grapes, sun-kissed until it glistened like dew. It was the …

Jeff VanderMeer - No Breather in the World But Thee

March 27th, 2013


The cook didn’t like that the eyes of the dead fish shifted to stare at him as he cut their heads off. The cook’s assistant, who was also his lover, didn’t like that he woke to find just a sack of bloody bones on the …

Sarah Langan - Sacred Cows

February 6th, 2013


Clara Maloney peered down the long Brooklyn block. She and baby Sally had been waiting in the cold for twenty minutes, and still no sign of Pop. …

Daniel H. Wilson - Foul Weather

December 26th, 2012


Some things you can’t figure out. Not even with a whole heap of scratch paper and a ribbon of data from a chattering teletype machine. Not before …

Ramsey Campbell - At Lorn Hall

November 28th, 2012


Randolph hadn’t expected the map to misrepresent the route to the motorway quite so much. The roads were considerably straighter on the page. The …

Joe Haldeman - Graves

November 14th, 2012


I have this persistent sleep disorder that makes life difficult for me, but still I want to keep it. Boy, do I want to keep it. It goes back twenty …

Laird Barron - Frontier Death Song

October 10th, 2012


Night descended on Interstate-90 as I crossed over into the Badlands. Real raw weather for October. Snow dusted the asphalt and picnic tables of the deserted rest area. The scene was virginal as death. Narrated by Dave …

Jonathan Maberry - Property Condemned

October 1st, 2012


The house was occupied, but no one lived there. That’s how Malcolm Crow thought about it. Houses like the Croft place were never really empty. Like …

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