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

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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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Wen-yi Lee | Laura Lau Will Drain You Dry

March 22nd, 2023


The day after the picture of your boobs gets sent around the school, a mosquito lands on your tongue and bursts like a ripe cherry. You are crying in …

Kristina Ten | The Dizzy Room

March 8th, 2023


Mom and Dad all but forced the games on me. It’s hard to believe now. All you hear about these days is how kids don’t want to play water balloons anymore, don’t want to do sack race, how every year there’s an increase …

Erik Grove | Home

February 15th, 2023


One could, if necessary, hide between the studs in your wall. Shoulders, narrower than the gap. Back against the plywood of the exterior panel; …

Dominique Dickey | Who The Final Girl Becomes

February 1st, 2023


Cinda begins the worst afternoon of her life by hiding in a closet. It’s spring break of her senior year of high school, and she’s rented a cabin …

Katherine Quevedo | Until It Has Your Reflection

January 18th, 2023


I hold the crayon to the mirror, ready to swipe it across my reflection’s neck just as my husband, Tomas, instructed. Make a quick horizontal line, …

James L. Sutter | To Cheer as They Leave You Behind

January 4th, 2023


She comes early, forcing you to reschedule meetings from the car as Alan drives, white-knuckled. You don’t mind---sending contract notes while in …

Mari Ness | Wallers

December 21st, 2022


The day her mother brought Mr. Nelson home, Martha faded into the wallpaper. It seemed the safest thing to do. Martha had never met Mr. Nelson, but …

Emma Osborne, Jess Essey, and Cadwell Turnbull | Break the Skin If You Have To

December 7th, 2022


The base of my skull buzzes as I pick up some bleach and a new scouring pad from the market. I’ve been away from my house for too long. When I get …

Amanda Song | Only When You Laugh

November 23rd, 2022


Twenty-four hours to go. The Ultus Theater was all lit up, the marquee emblazoned with his name, glowing in the haze of the heavy rain. Laffing Farm Final Show: Mitch Williams! He chuckled to himself. Mitch, Mitch, born …

Gordon B. White | Devil Take Me

November 9th, 2022


The caveat is that I’m going to lie to you. That’s how confessions work, isn’t it? There are those things that even though we want to confess, we can’t confront, and so we talk around. Lying isn’t even second nature; …

Spencer Ellsworth | The Ghost Eaters

October 19th, 2022


The Man had come and gone, other Someones too, and all the lessers, but Barley still guarded the House. He still patrolled, passing right through the …

A.C. Wise | Sharp Things, Killing Things

October 5th, 2022


We saw the first billboard while driving along Lake Road. We’d driven the road a hundred times before, because it was the only road out of town that went anywhere worth going, and there was fuck-all to do in town except …

Kiera Lesley | Concerning the Upstairs Bathroom

September 21st, 2022


Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! I’m sorry to inform you I was not very upfront with the terms of sale and would feel guilty if I …

Clara Madrigano | The Gold Coin

September 7th, 2022


She remembered the day Sophie’s grandmother told her about the gold coin. The gold coin existed only if you were paying attention. It existed only …

Adam-Troy Castro | The Arm Ouroboros

August 17th, 2022


I take the hammer in my right hand and raise it up over my head to bring down, screaming, against the left hand I have placed flat on the tabletop. My knuckles do not break. My skin does not tear. I do not scream in …

Endria Isa Richardson | Every Atom Belonging to Me as Good Belongs to You

August 3rd, 2022


We came down to Independence in the afternoon. The sky as we descended was white, gray, pink smeared on a dirty canvas. I had the sense---because that morning we had been very high, above 13,000 feet, and everything had …

Laura Blackwell | What the Dead Birds Taught Me

July 20th, 2022


The first time I saw him, I was crouched in a ditch by the highway, lancet poised, holding a crumbly-paged book open to the words to reanimate a dead …

Robert Levy | The Closet Game

July 6th, 2022


You know the game, don’t you? All you need is a closet, and a book of matches---and a willing participant. Not much to it, considering. Jesse first …

Lavie Tidhar | Dr. Wasp and Hornet Holmes

June 22nd, 2022


Dr. Wasp and Hornet Holmes were gathering nectar one day when Holmes made a startling observation. “The Queen has been behaving rather oddly in …

Alex Saint-Widow | The Last of the Juggalos

June 8th, 2022


My grandfather was a clown prophet. I mean he was a clown. A literal clown. He wore clown makeup. And he foretold the end. Accurately. John, the …

Juan Martinez | Esther (1855)

May 18th, 2022


The Saints saw nothing but rock and scrub, the one lone Joshua tree dead, its arms defeated. They traveled by wagon, the four still alive, their clothes stiff with their own stink and with the smell of dirt. The dead …

James L. Sutter | And All Their Silent Roars

May 4th, 2022


“But why?” Charlotte whined. In the front seat, our mother consulted the map. “I’m not going to keep answering that.” Anyone who’d come within …

Shaoni C. White | Where the Heather Grows

April 20th, 2022


Clara drinks from water bottles so she doesn’t have to hear the tap running. She puts all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and leaves the building until it’s done running, just so she doesn’t have to hear it. She does …

Shannon Scott | Synchronous Online

April 6th, 2022


It could have been ketchup. Or sriracha sauce. V8 or cranberry juice or pinot noir. It could have been Karo syrup with food coloring as it had been …

R.L. Meza | The First Year

March 16th, 2022


When you were inside me, I knew you were mine. Now, I’m not so sure. Cradled in my arms, you are an assemblage of parts I recognize: Noah’s cleft chin and narrow ears, my heart-shaped lips and upturned nose. But your …

Erica Ruppert | The Golden Hour

March 2nd, 2022


Thomas woke alone, and opened his sticky eyes to the dusty golden light filling the bedroom. He expected to see Benjamin in the other bed, beside …

Jonathan L. Howard | In the Walls and Beneath the Fridge

February 16th, 2022


It was the unexpectedness of the scream that pulled him to his feet from a sofa slouch before the television, that sent him in a run the short way to …

Ray Nayler | The Summer Castle

February 2nd, 2022


I have spent my life trying to understand what the thing called memory is. I know some of what it is not. It is not the opposite of forgetting. And it is not a record of what happened. How many summers did we spend at …

Kiyomi Appleton Gaines | The Elements of Her Self

January 19th, 2022


She remembered the scent of rain and bamboo. The squish of her shoes in the soft loam as she followed her father through the forest. He with his axe …

Ian Muneshwar | Dick Pig

January 5th, 2022


Ass o’clock in the morning and it’s black out. BLACK black, the kind of black you only get in these miserable, middle-of-nowhere places. No, “middle-of-nowhere” is too generous; this is past that, right at the line …

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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