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Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for forty years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. She currently acquires short stories and novellas for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited about one hundred science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year series, The Doll Collection, Mad Hatters and March Hares, The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea, Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, Edited By, and Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles.
She's won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley
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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 un-t…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.

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