AFTER was featured in io9's Bookshelf Injection
All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Miss in October!

Terri and I were interviewed in DA Kentner column THE READERS' WRITERS
plus it will be appearing slightly abbreviated through the GateHouse News Service

And here's the video chat between me and Mike Davis:

(you can see a furry tentacle like object moving in out and of the room -it's Bella's tail. She walked back and forth on my lap during some of the interview and although I tried to get her head high enough to be seen by the webcam, alas, only her tail made it into the show.
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)
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:

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

Here are the two reviews:
on the Bundles of Books blog:

and from Alamosa Books:

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.
The Stars at Noonday September 28, 2011
Brendan Moody's blog The Stars at Noonday
Best quote:
"In fact, the stories in this latest volume are so diverse, and the theme of vampirism such a general one, that it feels more like a non-theme anthology of the first order. Ranging from psychological horror to ghost stories to dark fantasy to Lovecraftian cosmicism, Blood and Other Cravings has a first-rate story for readers of every taste."

Stella Matutina blog:Stella Matutina
Best quote:
"I truly enjoyed this. These stories are the literary equivalent of the gentleman killer who butchers you without splashing so much as a drop of blood on his perfectly tailored suit. They’re brutal and beautiful; thoughtful and nightmare-inducing."

available here
We've gotten a few early reviews (the book won't officially be out till September 13th) and most seem to "get" the anthology, which is always a plus.

Some quotes (and links where applicable)

From Publishers Weekly: "Datlow (Blood Is Not Enough) has created another must-have anthology for discerning vampire and horror fans."

From Library Journal: "This collection of horror stories selected by an award-winning sf/fantasy editor shows that a wide assortment of fiends share vampire cravings. Several stories will leave readers feeling uncomfortable, even queasy. But for those stout of heart and eager to sample brilliant writing, this is a terrific anthology."

From Romantic Times (!) "This book is tailor-made for our post-Twilight world. Bloodsucking vampires are played out in popular culture, and it’s no coincidence that the most frightening ghoulies in Datlow’s latest collection opt to drain their victims’ life essences (souls, emotions, etc.) instead of blood."

From Shroud : "This top-notch collection takes vampirism as its theme, but each story veers far and away from the now-worn tropes of the genre."...
"Blood and Other Cravings reminds us of why we should fear those that stalk the night."
Rave from Library Journal, August
The money quotes:

This collection of horror stories selected by an award-winning sf/fantasy editor shows that a wide assortment of fiends share vampire cravings. Several stories will leave readers feeling uncomfortable, even queasy. But for those stout of heart and eager to sample brilliant writing, this is a terrific anthology....

These 17 mesmerizing tales, each one creepier than the next, will delight vampire and other horror fans.
I woke up to a terrific review from Book Buzz and opened the September Fangoria to see that Naked City was chosen "Book of the Month". Some choice quotes:

"...a great selection of many of the current practitioners of this sub-genre like Patricia Briggs, Melissa Marr and Holly Black alongside such stalwarts as Elizabeth Bear and Pat Cadigan. Jim Butcher's story "Curses" is the first and one of the best."

"Some of the best stories are the truly weird ones like Christopher Fowler's Green Man story "Oblivion by Calvin Klein" and Jeffrey Ford's "Daddy Longlegs of the Evening." I loved loved loved Holly Black’s tasty "Noble Rot" for taking on a female ghoul. And John Crowley's "And Go Like This" is simply, breathtakingly, one-of-a-kind awesomeness. I wouldn't dream of spoiling a word of it."
AskDeb asks What are the Best 2010 Summer Books? and responds with a great mini-review of Digital Domains

and The New York Journal of Books also has some great things to say about the anthology.

Tomorrow morning, (very early) I'm off to Burlington, Massachusetts to attend Readercon for the weekend. I'll be using my brand new netbook for the first time but doubt I'll be doing more than checking email.

See you all back here Sunday night.
The Green Man Review has a very nice review of The Beastly Bride up on its site.
From Publishers Weekly April 19

The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 2 Edited by Ellen Datlow. Night Shade (Diamond, dist.), $15.95 paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-59780-173-7
Prolific anthologist Datlow continues her fine showcase series (originally part of the long-running Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) with 17 scary stories published in 2009. Perhaps the creepiest is “each thing i show you is a piece of my death,” in which Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer collect e-mail and other documents about a mysterious naked man who crashes the sets of movies and TV shows. Michael Marshall Smith's “What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night” is a classically creepy tale, and Stephen Graham Jones offers a twisted take on snake-oil salesmen in “Lonegan's Luck.” There are a few underwhelming choices—notably Nina Allen's weak “The Lammas Worm”—and readers of Datlow's other anthologies will see many familiar names, but overall, this is a worthy addition to the series. (June)

The remark "readers of Datlow's other anthologies will see many familiar names" is soooo off-base that I'm kind of shocked....
In my TOC the following writers are people I've never published before:
Steve Eller
Norman Prentiss
Micaela Morrissette
Edward Morris
Carole Johnstone
Nina Allan
Stephen J. Barringer
Dale Bailey

and others I've published only once or twice before such as:
Reggie Oliver
Kaaron Warren
John Langan
Steve Duffy
Gemma Files

So six out of the 17 stories are by brand new authors. And another five by those I've occasionally published.

For the record, the writers who I would consider "familiar names" in my anthos --or magazines/webzines are;
Glen Hirshberg
Laird Barron
Nathan Ballingrud
Michael Marshall Smith
Stephen Graham Jones
Suzy McKee Charnas

But please note that I DO very much appreciate what is basically a positive review.
Tails of Wonder and Imagination has been reviewed in
Publishers Weekly: "This is that rarity of rarities: an anthology of cat stories worth reading."

Booklist: "Datlow brings horror, sf, and fantasy all into the volume on equal footing, making it likely that even genre readers who aren’t cat people will find something very much worth their while in it."— Regina Schroeder

Library Journal: "This broad sampling of cat tales from authors including Tanith Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and Michael Bishop is a good overall anthology that should appeal to short story fans and cat lovers."
From Innsmouth Free Press .

The wrapup from Orrin Grey:

I could discuss individual stories all day, but to wrap up, Lovecraft Unbound is a fine and fascinating anthology full of very good stories, and it’s well worth your time and attention, so long as you don’t go into it expecting to find too many of the usual trappings of Mythos tales.
Horror world reviews TWISTS OF THE TALE
(you'll have to scroll down for it).

Some choice quotes:
"If there’s one thing Ellen Datlow knows how to do well, it’s put an amazing anthology together. From The Year’s Best Horror to Poe to The Dark, she has never failed to capture the essence of the concept she set out to accomplish. The best stories are always chosen, not the most well-known authors, which results in nearly flawless products for both seasoned horror fans and those who just might be browsing....

Highly recommended – even for those who prefer dogs."

And a great review in Green Man review of The Best Horror of the Year volume One
Again, some choice quotes:
"The quality and variety of stories, along with the depth and breadth of Datlow's summary of the year in review, makes The Best Horror of the Year informative as well as entertaining, and any horror fan who wishes to keep current with the state of the genre will want to have a copy."

...."Diversity, complexity, and uniqueness are shared characteristics of all of these stories, making the entire volume a balm for any horror fan who has at times felt a sense of ennui at the sight of books featuring the same old names on the covers along with the same old illustrations of tough stoic men and naked screaming women."
A rave by Martin Andersson in forthcoming Dead Reckonings--I'm quoting a bit from it:

"....a sterling Lovecraftian anthology that surely ranks with the best in the field. Its connection with the Cthulhu Mythos is only tangential, even though one familiar name or another crops up, which makes for a book that focuses on those more intangible qualities of Lovecraft’s work, such as the fascination of infinite cosmos and dread of the unknown and the sense of wrongness that permeate his best stories."

"Datlow has created an excellent mix of tentacles and cosmicism, with emphasis on the latter, that should prove that the field of Cthulhuian and Lovecraftian fiction is indeed capable of producing imaginative literature worthy of attention."
I'm very pleased that the reissue from Wildside is still getting reviews. Here's a terrific one from Colleen Mondor of Book Slut along with reviews of some other fine new titles in her column, Bradbury Season.
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Rue Morgue October
In Poe, Hugo Award winning editor Ellen Datlow celebrates Poe’s 200th birthday by assembling nineteen original stories inspired by the master. Standout tales include Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s decidedly vicious “Flitting Away,” about a woman who is beaten and left for dead after a date rape, Laird Barron’s “Strappado,” concerning a group of aristocratic art aficionados who attend an underground exhibit and discover that they are destined to become a permanent part of the collection, and “Beyond Porch and Portal,” a rather unique entry by E. Catherine Tobler that examines Poe’s last days. Other authors offer up stories dealing with deadly plagues, scary shapeshifters, demented doppelgangers and even dead NASCAR drivers. While there are a couple of clunkers in the bunch, Poe is still worth reading cover to cover, as it’s fun trying to guess which classic story inspired which author.
--Last Chance Lance

From Karissa's reading Room:
Troll's Eye View

From the Australian group blog Not if you were the last Short story on earth
Troll's Eye View

and From The Zone


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