of genre fiction’s most acclaimed editors, Ellen
rose to prominence as the fiction editor of Omni, where she helped
usher in the cyberpunk movement and published works by William
Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, Gregory Benford,
Michael Bishop, Howard Waldrop, and many others. Following the
magazine’s demise in 1989, Datlow assumed the same role for the
After that site’s closing, she moved in 2000 with a similar role to
the freshly created online venue from the Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy).
She stayed there until the site’s shuttering in 2005.
with The First Omni Book of Science Fiction
(1984), Datlow has edited over 75 anthologies including 12
collections of Omni fiction, 21 annual volumes of The Year’s
Best Fantasy (1988-89; then as …& Horror 1999-2008; Vols. 1-16 with
Terri Windling and 17-21 with Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link), and
beginning in 2009, nine annual volumes of The Best Horror of The Year. Her first non-OMNI related anthology Blood Is Not
Enough (1988) began Datlow’s long association with horror,
which eventually led to Publisher’s Weekly referring to her
as “horror anthologist extraordinaire.”
Art by Dave McKean
Year’s Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection (1989) garnered
Datlow her first of 10 World Fantasy Awards. The other nine came from
The Year’s Best Fantasy Second (1990) and Fourth
(1992) Annual Collections, Little Deaths (1995), editor
(Special Award, Professional 1995), Silver Birch, Blood Moon
(2000), The Green Man: Tales from the
Mythic Forest (2003), Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original
Tales of Fantasy (2007), Inferno: New Tales of
Terror and the Supernatural (2008),
and Life Achievement (2014). She has also won five Stoker (The
Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: Thirteenth  and
Seventeenth  Annual Collections, Haunted
Legends , Lifetime Achievement , Fearful
Symmetries ), seven Hugo (Best Professional Editor ,
Sci Fiction , Best Editor Short Form [2009, 2010, 2014,
2016, 2017]), four British Fantasy Awards (Karl Edward Wagner Award
, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror: Nineteenth Annual
Collection , The Doll Collection , and Tor.Com
), and three Shirley Jackson (Inferno: New Tales of
Terror And the Supernatural  , Poe
, and Fearful Symmetries ) awards.
notable books include Alien
White, Blood Red
(1993 w Terri Windling), Vanishing
Unbound: Twenty Stories
(2009), DARKNESS: TWO DECADES OF MODERN HORROR (2010), Naked
City: Tales of
Nineteen Stories of
(2012 w Terri Windling), HAUNTINGS (2013), LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS (2014), THE CUTTING ROOM: DARK REFLECTIONS OF THE SILVER SCREEN (2014), THE MONSTROUS (2015), Children
(2016), NIGHTMARES: A NEW DECADE OF MODERN HORROR (2016), and Mad Hatters and March Hares (2017).
All of us at Tachyon, wish the extraordinary Ellen a happy birthday. We look forward to whatever is next.
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Cover design by Elizabeth Story
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