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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 will bring you a mix of original fiction and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors: from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven't heard of yet. When ...
 
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In 2006, Jeffrey Deskovic’s indictment charging him with the rape and murder of a high school classmate was dismissed on the grounds of actual innocence. Post conviction DNA testing proved his innocence. It also identified the real killer. When a classmate of 16-year old Jeffrey was found raped and murdered in a local park, he was upset. The police…
 
You would have hated your funeral reception. Potato-nosed husbands clomping around our parlor in their cheap suits, stinking of naphtha and condolences. Wives with sweat-streaked powder caked in the creases of their necks, like flour-sacks brought to life by a pair of magic dentures. That’s what I kept staring at: dentures, bridges loose over gray …
 
For today’s episode, we’re diving back into the murky waters of the Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell case. Last week, we went over the marriages, families, strange religious beliefs, disappearances, and untimely deaths. This week, we’re delving deeper into everything and talking about what has happened since Lori and Chad’s shocking November 20…
 
Normally, when we talk about parents who have a missing child, we’re talking about distressed, loving parents who will do anything to find their child. But in the case of missing children Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow, we’re delving into new and unimaginable territory. The lives of J.J. and Tylee’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, and their stepfather, Ch…
 
Carol Neulander was a mother, a business owner, and the wife of respected Rabbi Fred Neulander. On most Tuesdays, she drove home with the receipts from her popular bakeries, carrying thousands of dollars in her purse. Then came the Tuesday evening when two men showed up at her front door. Join us at the quiet end for The Good Wife: Carol Neulander.…
 
Family man Mike Williams went duck hunting in Lake Seminole, near his Florida home, early one morning in December 2000. It was one day before Mike and his wife Denise’s wedding anniversary. They had plans to celebrate that evening. But Mike never came home. A search of the lake failed to locate Mike, but his empty boat was found abandoned among the…
 
I chew the leaf and spit out my red days. They splatter. You chew the leaf and spit out your hours of mad redder. They splatter. They chew the leaf and spit out the reddest moments they have ever seen. They splatter. This is a scene of crime, chalk me, morn me, eve me. My red life drying on my chin. Your red history a bitter powder crust. Their thi…
 
Sherri Rasmussen had everything going for her. She was smart, athletic, and beautiful. She graduated high school at age 16, breezed through college, and landed a prestigious job as a hospital director of nursing in her late 20s. In 1985, Sherri married the man of her dreams. Three months later, she was found murdered in her own home. The scene look…
 
In November of 2012, Cari Lea Farver just up and left everything behind: her new boyfriend, her job, and even her son. This was not like Cari, who was a responsible worker, a reliable friend, and a devoted mom. Then an alarming string of texts from Cari’s phone set everyone on edge. Cari’s new boyfriend, Dave Kroupa, was surprised by her abrupt cha…
 
Our bones are cold. It is the type of cold that comes only after death, and it will never leave us now. We mourn what must have come before: hands holding ours. Sunlight warming the tops of our heads. Cats on our laps and nightclubs where we danced out of our minds and Pop-Tarts straight from the toaster. Life, pulsing hot and fat beneath our finge…
 
Law enforcement interrogation is a real skill, but much of it has been questioned in recent years with instances of botched police investigations and false confessions. When police have little forensic evidence, as is the case with many cold cases, witness interviews and suspect interrogations can be crucial in solving a case. But how far should de…
 
Well, this is it: the conclusion of a fascinating case with so much psychology to unravel. In the end, Betty just sucks, but it was a fun ride from her teen years to her days as a convicted murderer. There seems to be a lesson here in how to treat people, especially someone you’re divorcing. Still, we can’t blame the victims, right? Join us at the …
 
On Saturday afternoon we piled into Ben’s old Civic, the five of us and two dogs, and as we drove out to the edge of the state forest to hunt mushrooms, we all kept a hand on each other, in case someone vanished. Ben was driving as usual, and instead of me up front sat Hunter, his new girlfriend. They’d been together almost a year, but as a far as …
 
Heather Elvis was just 20-years old when she disappeared on a Tuesday night just one week before Christmas. Heather was kind and clever. She knew what it was like to work hard and she liked to have fun. She never would have disappeared from her family without explanation. When Heather’s father, Terry, was notified that her car had been abandoned at…
 
Faith Hedgepeth was just 19-years old when she was violently murdered in her off-campus apartment. Faith was popular and outgoing, with plans to become a pediatrician and serve the Haliwa-Saponi Native American tribe. She was studying at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina and living with her best friend. Then, on September 7, 2012, a 9…
 
Good friends 13-year old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German had a day off from school on Monday, February 13, 2017. At around noon, they decided to visit a local hiking trail. But when Libby’s father showed up at 3pm to pick up the girls, they weren’t there. By 5:30pm, the police were called and a search began. The next day, the girls’ bodi…
 
The house is haunted, of course. That’s why the rent is so cheap. It doesn’t matter that it’s only April, that ghosts dream quietly when the world is in full bloom. Nearly any haunting will be small: flickering lights, a mysterious lullaby, an intrusive thought chasing the living from room to room. Fatalities are incredibly rare, though most people…
 
Thirty-one years after Betty Broderick killed her ex-husband Dan and his new wife, Linda, her story still fascinates us. We covered this case back in June 2016. Since then, we continue to get feedback on Betty every week. So, of course we had to watch the new mini-series on USA network. And it is such a great fix for true crime addicts. Amanda Peet…
 
Susan Reinert was an English teacher at Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, when she began dating fellow English teacher William Bradfield. Bradfield was charismatic. In fact, Susan left her husband to carry on a secret relationship with him. On June 25, 1989, Susan’s naked body was found in her car in a hotel parking lo…
 
Happy Birthday to the team! How do cosplay nerds party? What is your fav themed party? Share with us! It's your Birthday by The Blank Tapes http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Blank_Tapes/The_New_Birthday_Song_Contest/Its_Your_Birthday_1582 Comments: http://freemusicarchive.org/ Curator: WFMU Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution: http://creati…
 
Oxnard, California is a town like many towns across the United States. Oxnard has its share of institutional racism and gender hate, but no one would have expected one junior high student to murder another in cold blood. Growing up transgender, biracial, and in an abusive home, Leticia King had many challenges in life. At age 15, Leticia was strugg…
 
When former state trooper and serial philanderer David Camm’s family was shot to death in their garage, he was the most likely suspect. Evidence at the scene and opinions of family and friends prompted detectives to perform lengthy interrogations. Prosecutors were convinced of his guilt based on forensic evidence, including bloodstain pattern analy…
 
The story of Tina Fontaine’s life belongs to her and her family, but it parallels many others in Indigenous communities. Her struggle for stability, the promises not kept, and the sexual exploitation she endured meant that Tina experienced more trauma and pain than most people could imagine. Because of situations beyond her control, Tina needed hou…
 
You are a spore, barely more than a twinkle in your many parents’ breeding-breathing air. They are your family, among other things, living as a colony in the dim light beneath an abandoned office building. They fill the already-damp air with the encouraging words of hopes and aspirations for you and your siblings. And though you are nothing more th…
 
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