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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: July 17, 2010, 05:16:43 pm »
That's certainly what the publisher is counting on. ;)

That's some line-up. Here's hoping some of the paranormal romantics stumble across it by mistake and are pleasantly surprised.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: July 17, 2010, 07:29:57 am »

Thanks. It's pretty varied. When I have more info and jacket art I'll post it.

Wow, what a ToC. Looking forward to it"

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: July 13, 2010, 08:48:03 pm »
Last week I handed in the final story for my big urban fantasy anthology Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy which is not filled with paranormal romance. In fact, it's my attempt to take back the term 'urban fantasy" from the blitz of marketing craziness which co-opted it.

Jeff VanderMeer started an interesting discussion about it on his blog:

My TOC is below and the book should be coming out from St. Martin's in the summer of 2011.
Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy

Curses                                                              Jim Butcher                               

How the Pooka Came To New York City        Delia Sherman                           

On the Slide                                                     Richard Bowes               

The Duke of Riverside                                      Ellen Kushner                           

Oblivion by Calvin Klein                                   Christopher Fowler                   

Fairy Gifts                                                        Patricia Briggs   

Picking up the Pieces                                        Pat Cadigan                               

Underbridge                                                     Peter S. Beagle               

Priced To Sell                                                   Naomi Novik                             

The Bricks of Gelecek                                      Matthew Kressel                       

Weston Walks                                                  Kit Reed                                 

The Projected Girl                                            Lavie Tidhar                             

The Way Station                                               Nathan Ballingrud         

Guns for the Dead                                            Melissa Marr     

And Go Like This                                             John Crowley                             

Noble Rot                                                        Holly Black                 

Daddy Long Legs of the Evening                       Jeffrey Ford                               

The Skinny Girl                                                 Lucius Shepard               

The Colliers’ Venus                                          Caitlín R. Kiernan                       

King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree                Elizabeth Bear                         




Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: July 08, 2010, 11:41:54 pm »
Thank you! Well, it's a living (and a lot of fun)  ;)

What a hard-working lady ... please don't stop  :)

I just realized that I haven't been around in way too long. For anyone interested, I've had a number of anthologies out in 2010 so far: The Best Horror of the Year volume two, Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Tales; Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, and Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction and Fantasy --they're all reprint anthologies. I also had an original anthology come out with Terri Windling:The Beastly Bride and Other Tales of the Animal People, a young adult anthology. And in September, Haunted Legends co-edited by me and Nick Mamatas will be out from Tor. If anyone's curious about any of these and you haven't see the TOC, ask and I'll post them here.

I'm going over galleys forTeeth , a teenage vampire anthology co-edited with Terri Windling coming out in April. This is not your sparkly vampire anthology but it is definitely more for young adults than adults. I'll be posting the TOC and the cover as soon as the revised text on the cover is approved by our in-house editor. If I can do so here I will but it'll be on my lj and facebook accounts.

Finishing up two original anthologies over the next month or so.

And I'll be traveling a lot for the next few months. Readercon, then teaching Clarion West in Seattle for the second half of July and off to Australia for Aussiecon mid-August.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: April 21, 2010, 02:44:57 pm »
Really? I've never had cats wail at the moon--just at me trying to wake me up at daybreak to feed them  :D

Congratulations, Ellen - and fingers crossed!

Sophie is very cute, but if she's anything like the kitten I used to have, then that cuteness is a necessary survival tool when she's wailing at the moon at 4am and keeping the entire block awake!

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: updates
« on: April 20, 2010, 04:51:38 am »
I've had loads of good news, with nominations for stories from Poe and Lovecraft Unbound plus both of those anthos being nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. Also, I just found out the Lovecraft Unbound has been nominated for the Locus Award (no chance it'll win against Dozois' best sf of the year) and that I'm up for Best Editor.

Also, Terri Windling and my YA anthology The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People has just come out from Viking.

Finally, I have a sweet kitten who I've named Sophie.

Photos here:
and here:

I've had her exactly a week and she's about 2 1/2 months old. She and Bella are beginning to interact with them chasing each other around the apt.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: April 06, 2010, 11:42:29 am »

You're talking about reprint anthologies, not original ones, in which the date of pub would all be the same.

Maybe I'm a bit strange but I always try to read the stories in any anthology in chronological order (this assumes that the dates of first publication are given; they usually are). This is the same way I shelve my books: it looks random to anyone who isn't aware of the dates. Only when an anthology is constructed in chronological order, do I read it in linear order.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: April 06, 2010, 11:31:35 am »
Hi Ross,

I and most other anthologists I know consider the first and last stories in the volume, the most important
spots. Ideally, the first story should be one of those you consider the strongest, it should  be accessible --ie, not overly dense--, and could be considered a signpost as to where the anthology is going. At least twice, I've shifted my first choice of "first story"  and started with a different one, at the request of my in-house editors. I respected their opinions enough to make the changes, and  I don't think the changes hurt those anthologies.

The last story should  be what the editor considers the strongest--or the next to last with a grace note--ie. a shorter piece that rounds off the book nicely.
In between, one juggles voice/tone/length (you don't want two or three 10,000 words in a row). The order of author names is irrelevant--it's the stories that count. Of course, many readers do not read in order but look for their favorite writers, or may pick a shorter story to read  because they're pressed for time but because that's not under the anthologist's control, it's best to ignore that and just assume that the reader
will read in order.

Hope that helps.

Hi Ellen

I am currently putting together an anthology for a forum I am part of and wondered if you could share with me how you approach the order you place stories in. Amongst my stories I have a mix of new faces alongside a couple of more recognisable names such as Gary McMahon and Carole Johnstone.

I believe I have seen an article on the web by yourself about the way you construct your anthologies but I cannot remember where I saw this article.

Kind Regards

Ross Warren

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:10:20 pm »
And here's my schedule for World Horror/ Stokers:
P Crowther (mod.), E Datlow, N Kilpatrick, C Prepolec,I Whates

KAFFEEKLATSCHE (Sussex Room, Radisson Blu) 04:00-05:00pm

MASS AUTOGRAPHING Lounge-7:00-9:00pm,

A Bird, E Datlow, T Lee M McHugh (mod.), S McLeod, S Pinbourgh

Stoker Awards Banquet at The Pier 7-9pm

A Billson, E Datlow,D J Howe, J Jenkins (mod.),M Kuebler, Tony Lee

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: March 19, 2010, 02:15:08 pm »
Hi Colin,
Yes, I'm on two panels there:

Anthologies - The Art of Compilation. 10am-11am. Connaught. What
makes a good anthology? How do you set about collecting and editing
stories to build a harmonious collection? Clare Boothby (mod), Gary
Couzens, Ellen Datlow, Colin Harvey and Ian Whates.

Novels, a Product of Their Time. 12pm-1pm. Room 41. Each novel is a
story for its time. Many excellent SF stories are of no interest at all to the
next generation, while others seem to stay perennially popular.
Technology, science, social attitudes and even writing styles change over
time. Which factors are most likely to make an old book popular or
unpopular with new readers? What should new novels reflect? Ellen
Datlow (mod), Caroline Mullan, Graham Sleight and Jetse de Vries.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:16:25 am »
Tachyon has sent ten copies of Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror to be sold at Andy Richards' table at WHC. I'll also be bringing copies of Best Horror of the Year #1 and #2 to sell (because I don't believe the dealers will have them). If I have room in my luggage --and I can carry them, I'll be bringing a small assortment of my OP titles with me to sell as well. In addition to the mass signing I'll be signing at the HWA table.

I'm also attending Odysseycon at Heathrow the next weekend. If I have any leftover books I'll sell them there.

If anyone is looking for a specific title that's OP or not available in the UK, let me know and I can see if I've got an extra in my apt.

(I leave Monday night so contact me before then)

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:11:40 am »
Thanks Colin and MIke.
Welcome, Ellen

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Lucius Shepard
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:09:14 am »
Hi Lucius,
Nice to see you here  ::)

Let's talk before I leave for the UK Monday night (but don't call now, I'm going to bed)

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Graham Edwards
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:07:23 am »
Hi Graham.

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