Datlow, Ellen

Tagged: Editor

(1949-    ) US editor, initially of sf, though in recent years she has concentrated more on fantasy and horror. She first became influential as fiction editor of Omni (1980-1995) and Omni Internet (1996-1998); she edited two sequences of spin-off anthologies from the magazine 1983-1994 [see Checklist below; see Omni for details]; a third sequence comprising Omni Visions One (anth 1993) and Omni Visions Two (anth 1994), on the other hand, contains mostly original stories. After Omni folded, she edited Event Horizon (1998-1999) online until it folded, and Sci Fiction (2000-2005) for SciFi.com until this too was shut down. The combination of decent budgets and good critical taste made Datlow one of the more influential US sf (and later fantasy and horror) journal editors during this period; she maintained throughout an intriguing balance between established and new and writers, many of her titles being Original Anthologies, and almost all of them containing at least some new material.

Aside from the Omni anthologies, her most important early work lay in her joint editorship of the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series (volumes one through seventeen with Terri Windling; subsequent volumes with Kelly Link and Gavin Grant), beginning The Year's Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection (anth 1988; vt Demons and Dreams: The Best Fantasy and Horror 1); the series changed its title with the third year to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and was discontinued after the 2007 volume. These are certainly the best of their kind – the first two and the fourth won World Fantasy Awards – being very big, very wide-ranging and intelligently selected; Datlow dealt with horror throughout, and the other co-editors with fantasy. She has also co-edited the Adult Fairy Tale sequence beginning with Snow White, Blood Red (anth 1993) with Terri Windling (throughout), and comprising original stories, all twice-told versions of traditional folk material. Usually solo – though sometimes with Windling – she has edited various singletons as well, beginning with Blood is Not Enough: 17 Stories of Vampirism (anth 1989), which with A Whisper of Blood (anth 1991) was assembled as A Whisper of Blood: A Collection of Modern Vampire Stories (omni 2008). Some are of sf interest, including Alien Sex (anth 1990) and Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (anth 2000).

Datlow won Hugo awards as Best Editor in 2002 and 2005, and again in the revised category Best Editor, Short Form in 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017; she also won a string of Locus Awards as best editor in the years 2005 to 2015 inclusive – and again in 2017 – and was honoured with the World Fantasy Award for life achievement in 2014. [PN/JC]

Ellen Sue Datlow

born New York: 31 December 1949

died

works

series

Omni Science Fiction

  • The First Omni Book of Science Fiction (New York: Zebra Books, 1983) [anth: Omni Science Fiction: pb/]
  • The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction (New York: Zebra Books, 1984) [anth: Omni Science Fiction: pb/]
  • The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction (New York: Zebra Books, 1985) [anth: Omni Science Fiction: pb/Tim White]
  • The Fourth Omni Book of Science Fiction (New York: Zebra Books, 1985) [anth: Omni Science Fiction: pb/John Berkey]
  • The Fifth Omni Book of Science Fiction (New York: Zebra Books, 1987) [anth: Omni Science Fiction: pb/Tim White]
  • The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction (New York: Zebra Books, 1989) [anth: Omni Science Fiction: pb/Attila Hejja]
  • The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction (New York: Zebra Books, 1989) [anth: Omni Science Fiction: pb/]

Omni Best Science Fiction

  • Omni Best Science Fiction One (New York: Omni Books, 1992) [anth: Omni Best Science Fiction: pb/Michael Parkes]
  • Omni Best Science Fiction Two (New York: Omni Books, 1992) [anth: Omni Best Science Fiction: pb/Di-Maccio]
  • Omni Best Science Fiction Three (New York: Omni Books, 1993) [anth: Omni Best Science Fiction: pb/Michael Parkes]

Omni Visions

  • Omni Visions One (New York: Omni Books, 1993) [anth: Omni Visions: pb/Gervasio Gallardo]
  • Omni Visions Two (New York: Omni Books, 1994) [anth: Omni Visions: pb/Gervasio Gallardo]

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

  • The Year's Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1988) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
    • Demons and Dreams: The Best Fantasy and Horror 1 (London: Legend, 1989) with Terri Windling [anth: vt of the above: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy: Second Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1989) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
    • Demons and Dreams: The Best Fantasy and Horror 2 (London: Legend, 1990) with Terri Windling [anth: vt of the above: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1990) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1991) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1992) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1993) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1994) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1995) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1996) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1997) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1998) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 1999) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2000) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2001) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2002) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2003) with Terri Windling [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2004) with Kelly Link and Gavin Grant [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2005) with Kelly Link and Gavin Grant [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2006: Nineteenth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2006) with Kelly Link and Gavin Grant [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2007) with Kelly Link and Gavin Grant [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (New York: St Martin's Press, 2007) with Kelly Link and Gavin Grant [anth: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: hb/Thomas Canty]

Blood

  • Blood is Not Enough: 17 Stories of Vampirism (New York: William Morrow, 1989) [anth: Blood: hb/Don Maitz]
  • A Whisper of Blood (New York: William Morrow, 1991) [anth: Blood: hb/Thomas Canty]
    • A Whisper of Blood: A Collection of Modern Vampire Stories (New York: Fall River Press, 2008) [anth: omni of the above plus Blood is Not Enough: 17 Stories of Vampirism: Blood: hb/Dennis Cooper]
  • Blood and Other Cravings (New York: Tor, 2011) [anth: Blood: hb/Trevillion Images]

The Adult Fairy Tale Series

  • Snow White, Blood Red (New York: William Morrow, 1993) with Terri Windling [anth: The Adult Fairy Tale Series: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • Black Thorn, White Rose (New York: William Morrow, 1994) with Terri Windling [anth: The Adult Fairy Tale Series: hb/Thomas Canty]
  • Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (New York: William Morrow, 1995) with Terri Windling [anth: The Adult Fairy Tale Series: hb/Matt Stawicki]
  • Black Swan, White Raven (New York: William Morrow, 1997) with Terri Windling [anth: The Adult Fairy Tale Series: pb/Thomas Canty]
  • Silver Birth, Blood Moon (New York: William Morrow, 1999) with Terri Windling [anth: The Adult Fairy Tale Series: pb/Thomas Canty]
  • Black Heart, Ivory Bones (New York: William Morrow, 2000) with Terri Windling [anth: The Adult Fairy Tale Series: pb/Thomas Canty]

Retold Fairy Tales

  • A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000) with Terri Windling [anth: Retold Fairy Tales: hb/Tristan Elwell]
  • Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003) with Terri Windling [anth: Retold Fairy Tales: hb/Kamil Vojnar]
    • The Dark of the Woods (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006) with Terri Windling [omni of the above two: Retold Fairy Tales: hb/Charles Vess]
  • Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales (New York: Viking, 2009) with Terri Windling [anth: Retold Fairy Tales: hb/Esao Andrews]

Best Horror

  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume One (San Francisco, California: Night Shade Books, 2009) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Santiago Caruso]
  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two (San Francisco, California: Night Shade Books, 2010) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Santiago Caruso]
  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three (San Francisco, California: Night Shade Books, 2011) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Allen Williams]
  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Four (San Francisco, California: Night Shade Books, 2012) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Allen Williams]
  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Five (San Francisco, California: Night Shade Books, 2013) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Allen Williams]
  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Six (New York: Night Shade Books, 2014) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Pierre Droal]
  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Seven (New York: Night Shade Books, 2016) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Nola Hokama]
  • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eight (New York: Night Shade Books, 2016) [anth: Best Horror: pb/Blake Malcreta]

individual titles

  • Alien Sex (New York: E P Dutton, 1990) [anth: hb/Paul Bacon]
  • Little Deaths: 24 Tales of Sex and Horror (London: Millennium, 1994) [anth: hb/]
    • Little Deaths (New York: Dell, 1995) [anth: cut vt of the above: pb/Mel Odom]
  • Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (New York: St Martin's Press, 1996) [anth: hb/Alan Dingman]
  • Lethal Kisses: 19 Stories of Sex, Horror and Revenge (London: Millennium, 1996) [anth: hb/Steve Crisp]
  • Twists of the Tale: Cat Horror Stories (New York: Dell, 1996) [anth: pb/]
  • Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (New York: HarperPrism, 1998) with Terri Windling [anth: pb/Fletcher Sibthorp]
  • Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (New York: Tor, 2000) [anth: hb/Cliff Nielsen]
  • The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (New York: Viking, 2002) with Terri Windling [anth: hb/Charles Vess]
  • The Dark: New Ghost Stories (New York: Tor, 2003) [anth: hb/]
  • The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm (New York: Viking, 2004) with Terri Windling [anth: hb/Charles Vess]
  • Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original Tales of Fantasy (New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006) with Terri Windling [anth: pb/Jim Zaccaria]
  • The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales (New York: Penguin Viking Juvenile, 2007) with Terri Windling [anth: illus/hb/Charles Vess]
  • Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (New York: Tor, 2007) [anth: hb/Peter Lutjen]
  • The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Rey, 2008) [anth: pb/Christian Northeast]
  • Poe (New York: Solaris, 2009) [anth: Edgar Allan Poe: pb/Darius Hinks]
  • Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 (New York: Penguin/Roc, 2009) [anth: #43 in overall sequence: Nebula Anthologies: Nebula Awards: pb/Ray Lundgren/Masterfile]
  • Lovecraft Unbound (Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse, 2009) [anth: H P Lovecraft: pb/]
  • The Beastly Bride and Other Tales of the Animal People (New York: Viking, 2010) with Terri Windling [anth: hb/Charles Vess]
  • Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (San Francisco, California: Tachyon Publications, 2010) [anth: pb/Ann Monn]
  • Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Gaithersburg, Maryland: Prime Books, 2010) [anth: pb/Marc Hericher]
  • Tales of Wonder and Admiration (San Francisco, California: Night Shade Books, 2010) [anth: pb/Cory Ench and Catska Ench]
  • Haunted Legends (New York: Tor, 2011) with Nick Mamatas [anth: hb/Andreas Rentsch]
  • Teeth: Vampire Tales (New York: Harper, 2011) with Terri Windling [anth: Vampires: hb/Valentina Kallias]
  • Supernatural Noir (Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse, 2011) [anth: pb/Greg Ruth]
  • Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy (New York: St Martin's Griffin, 2011) [anth: hb/Dan Dos Santos]
  • After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia (New York: Hyperion, 2012) with Terri Windling [anth: Dystopia: Post-Holocaust: hb/Tyler Nevins]
  • Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy (New York: Tor Books, 2013) with Terri Windling [anth: pb/Allen Williams]
  • Hauntings (San Francisco, California: Tachyon Publications, 2013) [anth: pb/Valentina Brostean]
  • Telling Tales: The Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology (Seattle, Washington: Hydra House, 2013) [anth: Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop: Clarion: pb/Todd Lockwood]
  • Fearful Symmetries (Toronto, Ontario: ChiZine Publications, 2014) [anth: pb/Erik Mohr]
  • Lovecraft's Monsters (San Francisco, California: Tachyon Publications, 2014) [anth: H P Lovecraft: pb/John Coulthart]
  • Nightmare Carnival (Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse Books, 2014) [anth: pb/E M Gist]
  • The Cutting Room (San Francisco, California: Tachyon Publications, 2014) [anth: pb/]
  • The Doll Collection (New York: Tor, 2015) [anth: hb/]
  • The Monstrous (San Francisco, California: Tachyon Publications, 2015) [anth: hb/Rwiko Murakami]
  • Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror (San Francisco, California: Tachyon Publications, 2016) [anth: pb/from Nihil, "Silence"]
  • Children of Lovecraft (Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse, 2016) [anth: H P Lovecraft: pb/Ethan Kimberling]
  • Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (New York: Penguin/Pegasus Books, 2017) [anth: hb/Rovina Cai]
  • Haunted Nights (New York: Anchor Books/Blumhouse Books, 2017) with Lisa Morton [anth: pb/]

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