of genre fiction’s most acclaimed editors, Ellen Datlow first 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 online EVENT
HORIZON. After that site’s closing, she moved in 2000 with a
similar role to SCI FICTION, 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 AND HORROR (1988-2008;
Vols. 1-16 with Terri Windling and 17-21 with Gavin J. Grant and
Kelly Link), and eight annual volumes of THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR
(2009-2016). 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
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 ), six
Hugo (Best Professional Editor , SCI FICTION , Best
Editor Short Form [2009, 2010, 2014, 2016]) and three Shirley
Jackson (INFERNO: NEW TALES OF TERROR AND THE SUPERNATURAL  ,
POE , FEARFUL SYMMETRIES ) awards.
notable books include ALIEN SEX (1990), SNOW WHITE, BLOOD RED (1993
w Terri Windling), VANISHING ACTS (2000), LOVECRAFT UNBOUND: TWENTY
STORIES (2009), DARKNESS: TWO DECADES OF MODERN HORROR (2010),
NAKED CITY: TALES OF URBAN FANTASY (2011), BLOOD AND OTHER CRAVINGS
(2011), AFTER: NINETEEN STORIES OF APOCALYPSE AND DYSTOPIA (2012 w
Terri Windling), HAUNTINGS (2013), LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS (2014), THE CUTTING ROOM: DARK REFLECTIONS OF THE SILVER SCREEN (2014), THE DOLL COLLECTION (2015),
THE MONSTROUS (2015), CHILDREN OF LOVECRAFT (2016), and
NIGHTMARES: A NEW DECADE OF MODERN HORROR (2016).
All of us at Tachyon, wish the extraordinary Ellen a happy birthday. We look forward to whatever is next.
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Cover art “Voice of Shades” © 2010 by Valentina Brostean
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Cover by Reiko Murakami
Cover design by Elizabeth Story
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