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Today is publication day for Terri Windling's and my gaslamp fantasy anthology, Queen Victoria's Book of Spells. It's already received two starred reviews and we hope you'll find it enjoyable.

If you're on Twitter, there will be a "Tor Chat" on Queen V tomorrow night: Wednesday, March 20th, at 4-5 pm (American eastern standard time). I will be there, along with some of the very fine authors in the book: Jeffrey Ford, Catherynne Valente, Kaaron Warren, and Leanna Renee Hieber.

For those of you in or near New York City, please come to the book's release party at the aptly named Queen Vic pub (68 2nd Ave at 4th Street) on March 27th. It promises to be a fabulous affair, and all are welcome. There will be readings by Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Veronica Schanoes, Genevieve Valentine and Leanna Renee a Victorian dessert competition judged by moi. (To enter, bring something sweet for me to try, and extras to share with other attendees. The winner will receive a hardcover copy of the book signed by all authors in attendance.) Queen Vic will open its doors starting at 7:00 p.m. and readings will commence at 7:30. You can contribute to the mood by attending in your favorite Victorian or steampunk/gaslamp finery--not mandatory by any means, but "lovingly encouraged."

If you'd like to read Jane Yolen's fabulous contribution to the book, "The Jewel in the Toad Queen's Crown," you can find it on here.

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells bas been published by Tor Books (a quick shout-out here to our Tor editor, Liz Gorinsky), and is available, as of today, in hardcover, paperback, and ebook editions.

Leanna Renee Hieber & Alethea Kontis read: Fantastic Fiction at KGB March 20

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Leanna Renee
Hieber is an actress, playwright and author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy
series such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the upcoming
Eterna Files series for Tor. She is a four time Prism Award winner and her
Strangely Beautiful saga is being adapted into a musical theatre production.


Alethea Kontis is the bestselling author
of many shiny books for children. Her debut young adult fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the 2012 Gelett
Burgess Children's Book Award. She lately hails from Northern Virginia, and is
currently at work on Beloved,
the third book in the Woodcutter Sisters series.

Wednesday March 20th at

Bar, 85 East 4th Street
(just off 2nd Ave,

New York, NY

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Readings are free

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Books will be
available for purchase from Word Bookstore

Sponsored in part by Cemetery
Dance Publications


Cecil Castellucci and Gordon Dahlquist to read at KGB February 20, 2013

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including The Year of the Beasts and First Day on Earth. She lives in Los Angeles and is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Tin Star, book one in her first Science Fiction novel is out this Fall. She is currently at work on book two in the series, A Stone in the Sky.


Gordon Dahlquist is a New York-based playwright and novelist, author of The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, The Dark Volume, and The Chemickal Marriage. The Different Girl is his first book for younger readers. He is fast at work on another.

Wednesday February 20th, 7pm at

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

New York, NY

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Fearful Symmetries guidelines

Fearful Symmetries guidelines

This is a non-theme, all original anthology of about 125,000 words of terror and supernatural horror. I’m looking for all kinds of horror, but if you’re going to use a well worn trope, try to do something fresh with it. If you’ve read any volumes of The Best Horror of the Year, you’ll know that my taste is pretty eclectic, that I like variety, and that while I don’t mind violence, I don’t think it should be the point of a story. I don’t want vignettes but fully formed stories that are about something. I want to be creeped out.

The pay rate is 7 cents a word up to 10,000 words, but as the anthology is only 125,000 words long, I would prefer stories up to 7500 words.

The open reading period will run from May 1-May 31 2013. Submissions instructions coming soon.

Telling Tales, a Clarion west fundraising anthology

Hi all. The January Locus mentioned that I'm editing a fundraising anthology for Clarion West. The title is Telling Tales-there will be a subtitle, but we're not sure what it will be yet.
It is going to be all reprints by former Clarion West students, with afterwords by one of the teachers who taught during their year. It will be published by Hydra House in time for the 30th anniversary of the annual workshop. (at which I'm teaching)

Telling Tales edited by Ellen Datlow

Table of Contents

The Parrot Man by Kathleen Ann Goonan
Absalom’s Mother by Louise Marley
Mulberry Boys by Margo Lanagan
The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick
My She by Mary Rosenblum
Bitter Dreams by Ian McHugh
Leviathan Wept by Daniel Abraham
Start the Clock by Ben Rosenbaum
I Hold My Father’s Paws by David D. Levine
Beluthahatchie by Andy Duncan
Another Word For Map Is Faith by Christopher Rowe
The Adventures of Captain Black Heart Wentworth: A Nautical Tail
by Rachel Swirsky
A Boy in Cathyland by David Marusek
The Water Museum by Nisi Shawl
The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change
by Kij Johnson
The Lineaments of Gratified Desire by Ysabeau Wilce

Nick Mamatas & Brian Keene read at KGB Bar January 16

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Brian Keene is the author of over thirty novels, most recently Entombed and An Occurrence In Crazy Bear Valley. He also writes comic books for DC and Marvel, and continues work on his ongoing comic book series The Last Zombie.
Several of his novels and stories have been developed for film including Ghoul, Dark Hollow, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck.


Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including The Damned Highway co-authored with Brian Keene, and several dozen short stories. He also co-edited the anthologies The Future is Japanese with Masumi Washington and Haunted Legends with Ellen Datlow. His noir novel, Love is The Law, will be released in 2013.
Wednesday January 16, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
New York, NY
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Readings are free
Forward to friends at your own discretion.

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Fearful Symmetries--a Horror Anthology

Ellen Datlow Teams with ChiZine Publications for Kickstarter-funded Anthology

TORONTO, Ontario (December 10, 2012) — Ellen Datlow has announced the beginning of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new horror anthology. Titled Fearful Symmetries, it will be published by ChiZine Publications in early 2014.

Given the rapidly changing publishing market, Datlow decided to turn to Kickstarter as an experiment to see if it could fund the project. The campaign will go toward the editing, layout, and production of the book, as well as offering professional rates to the authors. Datlow selected ChiZine Publications based on the quality of their books and distribution.

“This project is close to my heart,” says Datlow, “which is why I’ve decided to appeal to the public through Kickstarter. And while I have a stable of writers whose work I love, I want to give a chance to new talent that I may not be aware of. I want them to write the stories they’ve always wanted to and perhaps couldn’t because there was no venue for them.”

Unlike a lot of her anthologies, Fearful Symmetries will not have a theme. Datlow intends to solicit work from well-known horror writers, as well as those selected during an open reading period, something Datlow does not do often. If the campaign is a success, Fearful Symmetries will be released as a trade paperback and eBook, and is expected to be 125,000 words long.

The Kickstarter campaign can be found at

Something is coming

News about a big new project will be announced Monday.

In the meantime, I've been dealing with other issues:
my mom had a health scare last week but all is well.
I've got a colonoscopy scheduled for tomorrow so have eaten only chicken broth all day plus drinking water and elderflower soda (which I make with syrup and seltzer). Whoopie!
I've done the first round of editing the second story I've bought for Tor--"Rag and Bone" by Priya Sharma, which is scheduled to be published May 1st

Working with my webmaster to redesign my website and include a blog in/on it. Once that happens I'll probably leave livejournal and dreamwidth as LJ is full of spam and just pretty quiet these days. I don't have time to read it-I follow the people I want on google reader, twitter, and fb.

Mostly though, I'm reading: for the Best Horror of the Year #5;the Stoker Collection jury; and the Shirley Jackson Award.

Voya gives AFTER a very nice review

Editors: Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling
ISBN: 978-1-4231-4619-3
Review Issue Date: December 1, 2012

Any librarian who has been asked for books just like The Hunger Games will appreciate how this collection of short stories will satiate readers hungry for tales of futuristic woe. As the title implies, these stories do not describe the (political, environmental, socioeconomic) disasters but instead describe events post-apocalypse, what life is like afterward. The variety of tales and writing styles is wide. Cecil Castellucci offers a story where cities have vanished and knowledge of science is lost, but society somehow still runs via strict rules about cross-breeding. Jeffrey Ford presents a coming-of-age tale where becoming an adult means getting your own firearm. Not that far-fetched, but when it is law that everyone must be armed, and when teachers joke around by aiming their handguns at students who misbehave in class, things can get dicey fast. Genevieve Valentine presents a tale where the media manipulates survivors for the government, staging wars, family reunions, and touching scenes of bravery and hope. The actors in these mini-movies best remain anonymous because terrible things could happen if the public finds out about them.

The sixteen other tales cover everything from lycanthropy and mutation to the lengths one would go to find lost family members. These are good, smart, well-written science fiction pieces. They throw readers into the tale, and they must figure out things from context as they read. Teens seeking a dystopian fix, as well fans of science fiction, will be well pleased by this book.—Geri Diorio.

For any lover of dystopian or post-apocalyptic literature, After is a must-read. The disasters in the collection are incredibly varied and creative. Despite the bleak premise, the stories do not all strike a gloomy tone; the authors capture many emotions, ranging from poignant to comical; from stirring to chilling. Even given the short length of each piece, the characters are all very easy to get attached to. Each story will leave readers craving more of the author’s work. 5Q, 4P.—Holly Storm, Teen Reviewer.

My World Fantasy Convention schedule

Here are the panels I'm on:

Thursday November 1
The best monsters—ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies—all begin as human beings, as US. All have their roots in the ideas of lost/strayed/stolen humanity. Freud alludes to the factor of semblance in The Uncanny, and that idea, with the tensions inherent in duality/dichotomy—an otherness both projected, and found within—is
crucial. Think of works such as Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and Dracula like a hall of mirrors, begetting their own reflections. Is our continued fascination with these monsters our way of grappling with our own demons? And which fantasy characters are most persuasive in convincing us that they are not really monsters; that they are, in reality, a reflection/distortion/creation of us?
James Alan Gardner (M), Lena Coakley, Ellen Datlow, Christopher
Golden, Richard A. Kirk, Holly Phillips

Friday November 2
Meet, talk, and get your books signed.
(No backpacks or wheeled carriers allowed in the signing hall. Park them outside in designated areas. Please be considerate of other attendees. We reserve the right to limit the number of books signed for any one person.)

Saturday November 3
How have the position and role of editors changed over the last twenty years? How are they likely to change over the next ten? The panel will look at how editors are viewed by their employers, by authors, and by consumers. Good editing should be invisible to readers; are editors becoming increasingly invisible to publishing
companies, except in their role of making acquisitions? How and why did this happen, if it did? A generation of authors has, to varying degrees, never undergone the traditional substantive/copy/line editing process. What effect has/will this have on the genre? And what of the generation of readers who’ve grown accustomed to works that have never seen a blue pencil? Does anyone care?
Jack Dann (M), Ellen Datlow, Gordon Van Gelder, Sharyn
November, Patrick Swenson, Ann VanderMeer.

The panelists discusses what they feel are the most notable works to
emerge in 2012.
Gary K. Wolfe (M), Ellen Datlow, Jo Fletcher, Paula Guran,
Jonathan Strahan, Liza Groen Trombi.