A wonderful podcast from Last Short Story: A Review of Short SF/F:
Ian Mond, Jonathan Strahan, and Tansy Rayner Roberts discuss in detail :
"The Segment," Genevieve Valentine
"Valedictorian," N.K. Jemisin
"Blood Drive," Jeffrey Ford
"The Easthound," Nalo Hopkinson
"Fake Plastic Trees," Caitlin R. Kiernan
"The Marker," Cecil Castellucci
And talk a bit about the overall anthology, which they love:

A monthly review of short science fiction and fantasy
Pre-season Episode 2: After, Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling eds (Hyperion)

Beware spoilers!
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


John Kessel, who in the last nine months has co-edited three anthologies with James Patrick Kelly, Kafkaesque, the Nebula Awards Showcase 2012, and Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology. Kessel is currently at work on a novel set in the Society of Cousins, the setting for his Tiptree Award-winning novella "Stories for Men."


S.G. Browne is the author of the novels Breathers, Fated, and Lucky Bastard, as well as the eBook short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel. His novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol will be released this November. He is currently at work on his fourth novel, Big Egos.

Wednesday October 17th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
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I'll be attending, signing books, and being on panels at the free Baltimore Book Festival Friday September 28-Saturday September 29th. (the festival is through Sunday but I leave Saturday night).

They expect 50,000 people. I hope to see some friendly faces while I'm down there.

The Childrens Bookstore will be selling copies of After edited by me and Terri Windling. This should be its first public appearance (the book will be officially out October 9th)

Friday, September 28
6pm Once Upon a Slightly Different Time
Five authors and editor Ellen Datlow offer their thoughts on the recreation and retelling of fairy tales for a modern audience.
Panelists include Shannon Hale, Goose Girl, Ellen Datlow, Troll's-Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales, Michael Buckley, The Sisters Grimm Book 9: The Council of Mirrors, Adam Gidwitz, In a Glass Grimmly, Jessica Day George, Princess of the Midnight Ball, and Sarah Beth Durst, Vessel.
Childrens Bookstores Stage

Saturday, September 29

The rest of my events take place under the aegis of SFWA. They will be selling a selection of OP titles that I'm shipping today and include hardcover copies of YBFH #6, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 20 plus Inferno, Off Limits, Blood is Not Enough Naked City (op in hardcover), Black Swan, White Raven, and a couple of trade paperbacks.

12-noon: autographing SFWA to sell books

1-1:50 Steampunk and gaslight fantasy: It’s Hot and on Top. Come talk with our steampunk/gaslight authors and editors about this immensely popular new genre

4-4:50 YA Dreams: The young adult genre is booming in both books and movies

From Open Road Media to publicize my three ebooks:

Here's my profile for those who haven't yet seen it

and this one has just been released:

This one is about science fiction vs fantasy and features me and several writers in the field of sf/f
I missed posting about it yesterday, as I'm down in Florida with my mom, who shockingly wants to go out instead of waiting for me to post, answer emails, etc.

So...Open Road Media has released Alien Sex, Off Limits, and Sirens as ebooks as of yesterday. They're available for the nook and kindle and probably other formats. I spot checked and you can buy them on amazon.uk. I reread all three books prepping for the two day long interview/shoot with me right before Worldcon and most of the stories (even the old old reprints) don't feel dated. And some are even more relevant today than they were when they were first published.

Alien Sex half originals/half reprints sold well when it came out and was translated around the world. My favorite edition is the Italian, illustrated by Italian cartoonist Manero-the illos are totally comic style and deal with each story literally. They NSFW (you can find some of them online).

Off Limits was mostly originals with only a few reprints. The stories are powerful and most are not "feel good" but they give a wide variety of takes on relationships between/among the genders. I'm very proud of the anthology and would love to see it get more play.

Sirens was edited by Terri and myself and is the only one that really is erotic. There are some fine stories by excellent writers.


and here's a video about me: beware, if you're afraid of dolls. This will not comfort you

I hope you'll pass on the news that these books are available again.
Thursday August 30

4:30-6pm autographing- I will be bringing some of my OP titles with me to sell-specific requests welcome

Friday August 31

9:00 -10:00 Walk with the stars- Big Front Door of the Hyatt (8:55 Main Entrance, Atrium Lobby, Green Level, East Tower

3:00-4:30-Filling the Magazines Crystal A

Current and former magazine editors discuss how to be an effective magazine editor, and how the job has been changing as dead-tree magazines give way to web-based electron-based venues. And why can't an e-zine have as many stories as they want since there isn't a page count?
Ellen Datlow, Gordon van Gelder, Jason Sizemore, John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke, Stanley Schmidt

Saturday September 1

10:30-12 noon Creating Exciting Anthologies Crystal C
We're in a golden age of science fiction and fantasy anthologies with clever new ideas coming out monthly from major and minor publishers. But where do they come from? How do editors interest publishers and writers in their ideas?
Ellen Datlow, Jennifer Brozek, Joan Spicci Saberhagen, John Helfers, John Joseph Adams, Richard Gilliam

3pm Kaffeeklatsch- Fan Lounge KK#2

5pm SFWA autographing-at the SFWA table--again if anyone wants to buy OP titles here, let me know

Sunday September 2

10:30-noon Short Stories to Order- Wright
The editor comes up with a great theme anthology idea: Dark Tales of Flaming Death from the Sky, and looks for authors who are willing to write a story based on that theme, Hugo-Award winning editor Ellen Datlow leads a discussion about how writing to a theme is different from writing on spec.
Christopher Rowe, E. Lily Yu, Ellen Datlow, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed

12:00- The Future Evolution of the Short Story- Columbus EF-asked to get off this one
What role is the short story playing in reading lives today? It used to be a proving ground in SF, is that still true? Why/not? What are our favorite venues for short stories lately? What's the right price point for short stories? Electronic or print? Anthology or single sale? This would be a great panel for lots of audience participation
Barbara Galler-Smith, Donald J. Bingle, Ellen Datlow, Eileen Gunn, Mike Rimar
Excerpts from the review:
The scenarios ... vary widely—from ecological catastrophes to alien invasion, political revolutions to supernatural uprisings, religious tyranny to socioeconomic collapse— less emphasis on the mechanics of the disaster than on coping with the aftermath. Graphic violence and destruction are avoided in favor of pointed allusions and carefully selected images; although many are creepy or even nightmarish, most conclude on a note of hope.... the concluding bibliographical essay by the editors is in many ways the highlight of the volume, succinctly tracing the history, appeal and best current examples of the genre.

A fine selection for new readers looking to sample this type of fiction or for dedicated fans seeking fresh voices. (Science fiction/short stories. 12 & up)
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Paul Tremblay is the author of Swallowing a Donkey's Eye, a dystopian dark fantasy with people in chicken and duck suits from Chizine Publications. He is also the author of the narcoleptic PI novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. His short fiction and essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Supernatural Noir, and Best American Fantasy 3.

Alma Katsu is the author of The Taker and The Reckoning, the first two novels in a supernatural trilogy of love, obsession and redemption, The Taker was selected as a
Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by Booklist .
In a previous life, Ms. Katsu was an intelligence
analyst and co-author of an American
national standard for encryption.

Wednesday September 19th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
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( Aug. 6th, 2012 01:56 pm)
I planned to have this back in June but life intervened. I hope I got the below titles correct (as far as having them in the back room. I've checked, but with the YBFH it gets a bit confusing). If you don't see what you want, ask--I may have a stray book or two that I haven't listed.

The sale will run from today through August 22nd.

All titles are offered signed and personalized if you wish; shipping in US is included in the listed price. I'm going to sell each book for less than cover price plus $6.00 hardcover.

No overseas sales with the below exception****

To purchase a book or books, please comment on this entry with your name and the books you would like to reserve, and the total you expect to pay. If you're not a member of LJ you can still post, making sure you provide your name and contact info if you're posting "anonymously" (ie without an account).

Because I have limited quantities of each title, this is strictly first come, first served. I may have other titles that I can't reach easily so if there's something you want but don't see listed, ask. I may have some (not YBFH #1).

I will comment to let you know your order has been received and that the book is available, and to tell you what you owe. The address for money is datlow at datlow dot com. Please wait for my comment before sending money.

When paying, please include your real name, your lj name, a list of what you have purchased, and your shipping address in the comments section of the paypal form. When you pay, please make the payment "personal" so that neither of us get charged. Also, let me know if you want me to personally inscribe or just sign your books.

I will accept checks but you will have to wait until the check clears before I send books. If someone wants to mail me a check I’ll give you my mailing address when the time comes.

Most if not all the books are out of print either completely or in the editions I'm offering. I am not intentionally selling any books/editions that are currently available in bookstores selling new books on or off-line.

Naked City (St Martin's Press) HC: $25 –the hardcover, which was printed mostly for libraries, is now out of print but I have some copies for sale: $25

Alien Sex (St Martin's Press) HC: $25 one copy

Off Limits (follow up to Alien Sex) (St Martin's Press) HC: $29 two copies

Adult Fairy Tale series (with Terri Windling)
Snow White, Blood Red (Avonova/Morrow) HC $21 one copy
Black Swan, White Raven (Avonova/Morrow) HC (book club-only hard cover) $18
Black Swan, White Raven (Prime edition) Trade Paperback $14 one copy

Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series

YBFH #6 (with Windling) HC $30
YBFH #10(with Windling) HC $30
YBFH #11 (with Windling) HC $30 three copies
YBFH #12 (with Windling) HC $30
YBFH #13 (with Windling) HC $30
YBFH #16 (with Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant) HC $30
YBFH #17 (with Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant) HC $30
YBFH #18 (with Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant) HC $30
YBFH #20 (with Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant) HC $30 two copies
YBFH #21 (with Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant) HC $30

The Mythic series Young adult (with Terri Windling)

The Green Man: Tales From the Mythic Forest HC $21

The Faery Reel:Tales from the Twilight Realm HC $21 three copies

Inferno (Tor) HC $25 one copy
A Whisper of Blood (William Morrow) HC: $28 one copy
The Dark (Tor) HC $25 two copies

****For anyone who lives overseas but is attending ChiCON at the end of the month -if you want a specific title I can bring it with me.
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Jeffrey Ford, whose latest book is a collection of stories, Crackpot Palace, just out from Morrow/Harper Collins. He has new stories appearing in the July/Aug. issue of F&SF and After, an anthology of post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories for young adult readers, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling


Tenea D. Johnson, who is the author of two novels R/evolution and Smoketown. In all 2012 Hr short story “Only Then Can I Sleep” will appear in Love and Darker Passions this fall and she is currently working on a spoken word album as well as the final book in the R/evolution duology. Next year, she’ll be co-editing the 2013 edition of the Heiresses of Russ anthology with Steve Berman.

Wednesday August 15th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)


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Guests were Peter Straub and Caitlín R. Kiernan. Shirley Jackson was the special guest and her daughter Sarah Hyman DeWitt (Sadie) represented her wonderfully. It was a great convention, as always.
Just got back from Florida, helping out my mom, who is ailing-it's been tough and I'm very glad to be home. I was down there three times in the past two months, for 7-8 days each time. I have more traveling this summer (Readercon, Launchpad, Chicon) and possibly another trip to Florida in August.

So because all this is kind of emotionally draining (and I hate hate hate having to cook and/or prepare food regularly -even if most of it's not from scratch-plus doing dishes for two people regularly --now I know why my mom uses the dishwasher--I stupidly insisted on doing the dishes in the sink every time. Next time, screw it. Dishwasher it is).....I'm glad to have two great pre-pub blog reviews of AFTER plus the official news that the book has been taken for the Junior Literary Guild, for January 2013. For those who don’t know what that means (I didn't), you can read about it here:


but basically choices by the Guild are recommended to member libraries for their collections. (more sales, more readers).

Oops. I forgot the interview Charles Tan did with me for the Jackson Award website: http://tinyurl.com/7dd6lu4

(and yes, I'm too tired to get rid of the urls. Sorry.)

Here are the two reviews:
on the Bundles of Books blog: http://tinyurl.com/88ts25e

and from Alamosa Books: http://tinyurl.com/cxzvndt

And there's a rave review of The Best Horror of the Year volume 4 by Stefan Dziemianowicz in the July Locus.

He talks about each story (which I'm not going to quote) but will quote his summing up:
"As in all previous year’s-best volumes that she has compiled, Datlow provides an overview of the year in horror that reveals tastes as eclectic as the stories she has chosen. Increasingly, the benefit of her year’s end summaries cannot be overestimated. Over the last two decades horror has become less circumscribed as a genre and more diffuse as a sensibility that percolates through other types of fiction and seeps into many areas obscured to the average reader. Datlow finds horror worth noting in many unlikely places, which makes her summation as indispensable the stories she selects."

This makes me very happy.
Friday July 13
11:00 AM ME The Year in Short Fiction. Ellen Datlow (leader), Paula Guran. We will discuss the speculative short fiction (aka horror in this case and will mostly be mostly be discussing 2011) published since last Readercon.

5:00 PM E Autographs. Ellen Datlow, James Morrow.(if you want to buy specific OP titles from me-it would be great if you could let me know in advance so if I've got 'em, I can bring them.)

Saturday July 14
2:00 PM CL Kaffeeklatsch. Ellen Datlow, Kathleen Ann Goonan.

Sunday July 15
10:00 AM F Uncanny Taxonomies. Daniel Abraham (leader), Ellen Datlow, Caitlín R. Kiernan, John Langan, Jeff VanderMeer. When considering the literatures of the uncanny—horror, dark fantasy, supernatural fiction, the weird, etc.—it can be difficult for a more casual reader to distinguish between the marketing-based labels and real differences in concern and approach. Moving away from common genre labels, our focus will be on the specific areas of uncanniness various authors have investigated in their writings. We will attempt to establish key commonalities and differences within and between their writings and other notable past and recent works. Possible topics include knowledge versus the unknowable, and the scope of possible knowledge; certainty and uncertainty, and the value of each; truth as power versus truth as horror; the body and the mind; the possibility or impossibility of metaphor; and the primacy of our world and the drive to transcend it, or to inhabit it more completely.

11:00 AM G The Shirley Jackson Awards.

In between you might very well find me in the bar.
Here's a new interview with me at Intempol

and my response to What Scares Me
on the The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog.
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Ysabeau Wilce’s most recent book, Flora’s Fury, is the final volume in the Flora Fyrdraaca trilogy. She has won an Andre Norton Award, been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, been on the James Tiptree short-list, and appeared in various anthologies, most recently Steampunk! edited by Kelly Link & Gavin Grant.


Leah Bobet is the author of Above, a modern fantasy novel available from Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works as an editor, bookseller, and urban agriculture/public space activist. She is currently working on a literary dustbowl fantasy novel, tentatively titled On Roadstead Farm, and a book of poetry.

Wednesday July 18th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
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I was GOH at Fantasticon in Copenhagen, along with Alastair Reynolds. I had a very nice time and was taken to two museums by Lars Ahn Pedersen, walked up and down the streets, saw a LOT of contstruction (as can be seen), visited Tivoli and saw a vain peacock in full display, and visited the zoo. A full, satisfying trip.

For anyone near Copenhagen next weekend I'm a Guest of Honor with Alistair Reynolds at the Danish annual convention Fantasticon. For anyone in the vicinity, here's a link to the website and my schedule: (I'm not sure what a few of the panels will entail but am assured I will be told :-) )


Friday 17:00-17:20, Kultursalen
Opening ceremony

Friday 17:30-19:00, Cafeen
Videnskabcafeen: The dead, the undead and the vampire romance
Ellen Datlow, Stig W. Jørgensen, Steen Langstrup, Gert Balling (m)

Saturday 12:00-12:50, Kultursalen
Stories we haven’t seen: The good short story
Ellen Datlow, Knud Larn, Henrik Harksen, H.H. Løyche, Ralan Conley (m)

Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., Heerupsalen
interview Ellen Datlow
Ellen Datlow, Ahn Lars Pedersen (i)
Saturday 15:00-15:50, Kultursalen
Genres – Necessary distinction or annoying restriction?
Ellen Datlow, Alastair Reynolds, Anne-Marie Vedsø Olesen, Stig W. Jørgensen (m)

Saturday 20:15-??, Festsalen
The banquet

Sunday 13:00-13:50, Heerupsalen
The fairy tale in modern fiction
Ellen Datlow, Nicolas Barbano, Lars Ahn Pedersen (m)

Sunday 17:00-17:50, Heerupsalen
The last panel – final remarks before the convention (end the world?) ends.
Ellen Datlow, Alastair Reynolds, Klaus Æ. Mogensen (m)


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