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Windling, Terri

Entry updated 7 November 2022. Tagged: Artist, Author, Editor.

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(1958-    ) US editor, artist and author, who occasionally publishes under the pseudonym Bellamy Bach. She grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and attended Antioch College, where she pursued her interests in art and folklore. She then moved to New York and began working in the publishing industry. She has had her greatest impact on the field as an editor, both of book series and anthologies that accompanied and abetted the burgeoning popularity of Fantasy in the 1980s and beyond. While working for Ace Books, she developed the company's fantasy line, discovering such authors as Steven Brust and Charles de Lint, and launched the Ace Fantasy Specials with Emma Bull's War for the Oaks (1987). She also created and edited two series of related books: the Fairy Tales series of retold fairy tales, which began with Brust's The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (1987), and the Borderland series of anthologies and novels for teenage readers, which take place in a Shared World where realms dominated by magic and Technology uneasily intersect. In 1987 she moved to Tor Books as a consulting editor, founded Endicott Studios to promote stories, art, and drama inspired by fairy tales and folklore, and launched The Journal of Mythic Arts, which continued publishing until 2008. Windling has also edited three Elsewhere anthologies with Mark Alan Arnold; sixteen Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies with Ellen Datlow (the first two designated only as the Year's Best Fantasy); six Retold Fairy Tales anthologies with Datlow; and a number of individual anthologies, usually with Datlow. Almost all of these are devoted to fantasy, though After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia (anth 2012) with Ellen Datlow is of sf interest, a collection of original Young Adult tales involving dystopian future Earths (see Dystopia; Holocaust Fiction; Ruined Earth). To date she has won seven World Fantasy Awards for individual anthologies, as well as one award for general editing and another for her Endicott Studios website.

Windling has also been intermittently active as an author and artist. She has written unheralded two fantasy novels, The Wood Wife (1996) and The Raven Queen (1999), the latter a young adult novel co-written by Ellen Steiber that is part of the Voyage of the Basset series. Her other publications include some short stories and poems, usually for her own anthologies, and some children's books illustrated by Wendy Froud that feature the character of a young fairy named Sneezle. Along with some interior art, Windling is credited with the artwork on five covers for three books by Charles de Lint, the first issue of Century magazine, and Rose Lemberg's sf Poetry anthology The Moment of Change (2012), although these efforts, all portraits of young women, tend to have an unfinished look. After variously living in Boston, Arizona, and Devon, England, she has now settled in Devon to live with her husband, dramatist Howard Gayton. In 2022 she received a World Fantasy Award for life achievement. [PNH/JC/GW]

see also: Worldcon.

Terri Windling

born Fort Dix, New Jersey: 3 December 1958




individual titles

  • The Changeling (New York: Random House, 1995) [juvenile fiction: pb/]
  • The Wood Wife (New York: Tor, 1996) [hb/Susan Seddon Boulet]
  • The Raven Queen (New York: Random House, 1999) with Ellen Steiber [juvenile fiction: Voyage of the Basset #2: pb/James Christiansen]

works as editor



  • Elsewhere (New York: Ace Books, 1981) with Mark Alan Arnold [anth: Elsewhere: pb/uncredited]
  • Elsewhere, Volume II (New York: Ace Books, 1982) with Mark Alan Arnold [anth: Elsewhere: pb/George de Hoff]
  • Elsewhere, Volume III (New York: Ace Books, 1984) with Mark Alan Arnold [anth: Elsewhere: pb/George de Hoff]

Chronicles of the Borderlands

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

The Adult Fairy Tale Series

Retold Fairy Tales

individual titles


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