Regarding my consulting with

I've already received more than one email or comment on a post asking if I'm reading novel manuscripts for Tor, if I can check in the (or Tor) slush pile for someone's story/novel.

No I cannot. The reasons being:

1) I am consulting for TOR.COM --that is the website, which publishes short stories not novels. I am not buying novels. I did consult for Tor, acquiring and editing novels around 2000-2005.

2) I have not been hired to look at the (or TOR) slush pile. There are slush readers for that. (and just fyi, I believe there are a couple of new ones, and so Tor's hoping to catch up soon).

3) I am soliciting short stories from specific writers. As I am only buying a handful of stories annually (at this point) I am not reading unsolicited submissions. If you are someone whose work I've bought in the past you can query me by email, not here.

Interviews and reviews

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.

Mini review of Best Horror #4

From Book Slut/ Teenage Horror
September column by Colleen Mondor
Older teens should also check out The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four, edited by Ellen Datlow. It includes a host of stories by the likes of Stephen King (although I think his story is one of the weakest), Margo Lanagan, Peter Straub, A.C. Wise (who tells us what happened to the "final girl" in a particularly frightful horror movie), and Simon Bestwick (consider this the antithesis to Ray Bradbury's "The Foghorn"). Datlow's anthologies continue to be standouts and are always a safe bet for frightful reads of epic proportions.

After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse & Dystopia -LAUNCH event October 11th

After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse & Dystopia -LAUNCH event October 11th

Books of Wonder presents a reading, discussion, and signing of
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse & Dystopia edited by Ellen Datlow
and Terri Windling (Hyperion)
hosted by:
ELLEN DATLOW (co-editor)

with contributors:

Where: Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

When: Thursday, October 11, 6-8pm

Live video chat with me Sunday September 30 6pm EST

I'm going to be doing a live video chat with Mike Davis of Lovecraft e-zine this Sunday evening. In order to watch it live, all you have to do is to go to -- the very top post, at 6pm EST, will have a Youtube video.

You click the play button on the Youtube video, and you'll be watching it live.

If you have questions for me, you can enter them in the comments on that page, and I Mike will pass them on to me. Easy peasy.

It will also be recorded for those who can't watch it live.

Last Short Story Podcast of a discussion about AFTER

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!

John Kessel and S.G. Browne to read at October KGB Fantastic Fiction

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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