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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Terri Windling).

She is the winner of multiple awards for her editing, including the World Fantasy Award, Locus Award, Hugo Award, International Horror Guild Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to
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Ellen Datlow Over the years there have been "failed" anthos, that is, ideas that I couldn't sell. Those include an sf/horror antho Jonathan Strahan and I wanted to…moreOver the years there have been "failed" anthos, that is, ideas that I couldn't sell. Those include an sf/horror antho Jonathan Strahan and I wanted to co-edit with the title Fearful Symmetries. He kindly let me use the title for my
recent unthemed horror anthology.

Pat Cadigan & I tried to sell Dangerous Women in the 80s (it was to be about strong women in their many aspects) but had no luck. Gardner Dozois & George R. R. Martin just had an antho come out with that title. Sometimes it's a question of timing.

Terri Windling & I've been trying to sell a follow up to our Victorian fantasy antho, Queen' Victoria's Book of Spells. It would be a fantasy antho about the 1920s but so far, no one's bitten

I've wanted to edit a doll horror antho for ages but I needed the perfect title, which with the help of a friend, that idea became the forthcoming: The Doll Collection.

I always have ideas. Sometimes they fly, sometimes they don't. (less)
Ellen Datlow Hi David. I'm glad you got your book & hope you like it. I'd love to edit another but the reason I went through KS for Fearful Symmetries is that…moreHi David. I'm glad you got your book & hope you like it. I'd love to edit another but the reason I went through KS for Fearful Symmetries is that un-themed ones are hard to sell to publishers. This is because unfortunately, even though some readers ask for them, relatively few buy them compared to how many themed anthos they buy. (less)
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“It was Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the television series, 1997-2003, not the lackluster movie that preceded it) that blazed the trail for Twilight and the slew of other paranormal romance novels that followed, while also shaping the broader urban fantasy field from the late 1990s onward.

Many of you reading this book will be too young to remember when Buffy debuted, so you'll have to trust us when we say that nothing quite like it had existed before. It was thrillingly new to see a young, gutsy, kick-ass female hero, for starters, and one who was no Amazonian Wonder Woman but recognizably ordinary, fussing about her nails, her shoes, and whether she'd make it to her high school prom. Buffy's story contained a heady mix of many genres (fantasy, horror, science-fiction, romance, detective fiction, high school drama), all of it leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor yet underpinned by the serious care with which the Buffy universe had been crafted. Back then, Whedon's dizzying genre hopping was a radical departure from the norm-whereas today, post-Buffy, no one blinks an eye as writers of urban fantasy leap across genre boundaries with abandon, penning tender romances featuring werewolves and demons, hard-boiled detective novels with fairies, and vampires-in-modern-life sagas that can crop up darn near anywhere: on the horror shelves, the SF shelves, the mystery shelves, the romance shelves.”
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“It's my latest," Goldy concluded, "my best, and the one which the New York Times recently described as 'thrilling, sad, heartbreaking' and 'packs a huge wallop.' Entitled The Goldilocks Syndrome, it's currently available in the lobby at a today-only discount of $21.95. And if you act now, I'll sign and date this sucker at no extra charge.”
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