Tag Archives: Ellen Datlow

Fantastic Fiction at KGB

Massive thanks to Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressell for inviting me to their virtual Fantastic Fiction at KGB.

It’s now on YouTube. I’d urge you to listen in as Justin C. Key is just brilliant. I’ve not read any of his work but I will be after last night. Read “The Perfection of Theresa Watkins” on Tor.com.

Justin was a hard act to follow. I read “Egg”, a story that first appeared in Paula Guran’s Once Upon A Time: New Fairy Tales and then All The Fabulous Beasts, my collection from Undertow Publications.

January’s guests are Lauren Beukes and Usman T. Malik

 

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Fantastic Fiction At KGB

Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly speculative-fiction reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month originally at the KGB Bar in New York City, and now on YouTube, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel.

Previous readers include Joyce Carol Oates, Joe Hill, Jeffrey Ford, Scott, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Paul Tremblay, Peter Straub, Catherynne Valente, Ellen Kushner, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear, and William Gibson, just to name a few.

I am excited and nervous to be appearing alongside Justin C. Key, December 16th, 7pm Eastern Time. This will be streamed live on YouTube.

Justin C. Key is a speculative fiction writer and psychiatrist. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Crossed Genres. His novella, Spider King, will be released by Serial Box in early 2021.

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Edited By

In dozens of anthologies published over the last thirty years, the words “edited by” have been followed by a singularly reassuring name: Ellen Datlow. For countless readers (and writers), Datlow’s name has served as a virtual guarantee of quality. Each of her many anthologies, whatever its specific nature, reflects a high degree of taste, intelligence, and professional judgment. As Gary K. Wolfe notes in his excellent introduction, her work has received “an almost unprecedented string of honors.” Honors and awards are fine, of course, but it’s the stories that ultimately matter. And Datlow has ushered more good stories into the world than any editor in living memory. The book you are currently holding stands as a testament to that fact.

Edited By is a thoroughgoing attempt to reflect both the quality and infinite variety of the fiction she has championed in the course of her career. The stories gathered here come from all over the literary map. There are SF, fantasy, and horror stories, often in unique combinations. There are household names among the contributors, such as Neil Gaiman, whose screenplay/story “Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture)” is a chilling account of eater and eaten, predator and prey. There are newer, lesser known figures as well, among them Nathan Ballingrud, whose “Monsters of Heaven” is an achingly beautiful story of grief, loss, and strange encounters. And there are many award-winning writers included, among them Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link, Lucius Shepard, Ted Chiang, and Jeffrey Ford, to name just a few. Their contributions are among the many highlights of this book.

From publisher Subterranean Press.

 

Edited By is now out in hardback. It can be bought directly from Subterranean Press, Amazon UK, Amazon US, your local bookshop, among others.

I am delighted to be included in such a special book. “The Crow Palace” was first published in Ellen Datlow’s Black Feather: Dark Avian Tales in 2017.

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Gary K. Wolfe (not signing), Home by the Sea by Pat Cadigan, The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change by Kij Johnson, The Bedroom Light by Jeffrey Ford, The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron, The Crow Palace by Priya Sharma, Some Strange Desire by Ian McDonald, The Lepidopterist by Lucius Shepard, Bird Count by Jane Yolen, Anamorphosis by Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Hortlak by Kelly Link, In the Month of Athyr by Elizabeth Hand,Precious by Nalo Hopkinson, Daniel’s Theory About Dolls by Stephen Graham Jones, The Mysteries by Livia Llewellyn, Dancing Men by Glen Hirshberg, The Office of Doom by Richard Bowes, Black Nightgown by K. W. Jeter, A Delicate Architecture Catherynne M. Valente, The Goosle by Margo Lanagan, Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture) by Neil Gaiman, Teratisms by Kathe Koja, The Monsters of Heaven by Nathan Ballingrud, That Old School Tie by Jack Womack, Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy, Overlooking by Carol Emshwille, Sonny Liston Takes the Fall by Elizabeth Bear, Technicolor by John Langan, The Sawing Boys by Howard Waldrop, Shay Corsham Worsted by Garth Nix, Seventy-Two Letters by Ted Chiang, Interview with Ellen Datlow by Gwenda Bond

 

 

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2019 Shirley Jackson Awards

The awards are handed out annually to the works of horror, dark fantasy and psychological suspense that best exemplify the legacy of horror author Shirley Jackson. Due to Covid-19, this year’s ceremony was a virtual one rather than its normal venue at ReaderCon in Massachusetts, USA. I was delighted just to be listed in the novella category alongside an amazing list of writers and genuinely suprised to win.

Congratulations to everyone on the list.

Here are this year’s winners (listed in bold) and nominees:

NOVEL

  • The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio)
  • Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Little, Brown and Co)
  • Goodnight Stranger, Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row Books)
  • Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Gollancz)
  • Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
  • Tinfoil Butterfly, Rachel Eve Moulton (MCD x FSG Originals)

 

NOVELLA

  • “Ormeshadow,” Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
  • Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press)
  • “Late Returns,” Joe Hill (Full Throttle)
  • “The Monster of Elenhaven,” Jennifer Giesbrecht (Tor.com)
  • This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Gallery/Saga Press)

NOVELETTE

  • Luminous Body, Brooke Warra (Dim Shores)
  • Black Bequeathments, Simon Strantzas (Dim Shores)
  • The Couvade, Joanna Koch (Demain Publishing)
  • “Deeper, Darker Things,” Steve Dillon (Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities)
  • Pwdre Ser, Kurt Fawver (Dim Shores)
  • “Taproot,” M. R. Carey (Ten-Word Tragedies)

SHORT FICTION

  • “Kali_Na,” Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream)
  • “How to Become a Witch-Queen,” Theodora Goss (Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery)
  • “The Truth About Josh Enloe,” Nick Straatmann (Parhelion)
  • “The Well,” Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (issue 55.1 of The Southern Review)
  • “Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come,” Gina Ochsner (The Pink Issue of Fairy Tale Review)

 

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

  • Song for the Unraveling of the World, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
  • Collision: Stories, J. S. Breukelaar (Meerkat Press, LLC)
  • Every Human Love: Stories, Joanna Pearson (Acre Books)
  • Homesick, Nino Cipri (Dzanc Books)
  • Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead Books)
  • Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud (Saga Press)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

  • The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (Twisted Publishing)
  • Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)
  • The Mythic Dream, edited by Rivers Solomon (Saga Press)
  • The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison, edited by Preston Grassmann (PS Publishing)
  • Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Titan Books)
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Review in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949, is the award-winning imonthly SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. I am blown away that the lastest issue (March/April 2020) contains a review of my novella, Ormshadow, by Elizabeth Hand. Yes, ELIZABETH HAND.

Like Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge novels, Ormeshadow draws much of its power from Sharma’s understanding of how landscape shapes us as surely as it shapes the myths we tell about it. Like Garner, Sharma is a Cheshire native, though the topography she maps in Ormeshadow seems more like that of West Penwith, in Cornwall, and Great Orme is a real place in Wales. I am fond of quoting Melville on this sort of thing: “It is not down on any map. True places never are.” Ormeshadow also made me think of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence, especially The Grey King, as well as “Hamlet” and Wuthering Heights, and her unsparing depiction of life in a rural village brought to mind Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project.  – Elizabeth Hand.

Read the full review here.

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Dos Pieles and Other News

I am superexcited to be included be in Two Skins (Dos Pieles), a collection curated and tranlsated by Sofia Barker for Spanish publisher, Pulpture Ediciones. Their aim is to champion women speculative fiction writers and this anthology that includes two short stories and two novelettes, all loosely connected around the theme of shapeshifters and monstrosity.

Me emociona muchísimo formar parte de «Dos Pieles», una colección seleccionada y traducida por Sofía Barker para la editorial española Pulpture Ediciones. Su objetivo es impulsar el trabajo de las escritoras de ficción especulativa y esta antología incluye dos historias cortas y dos novelettes, todas conectadas en líneas generales por el tema de las cambiaformas y la monstruosidad.

Unboxing by editor and hand model Cris Miguel/ Unboxing por la editora y modelo de manos Cris Miguel.

Contents/Índice:

Recoveries by Susan Palwick
Chesirah by LD Lewis
The Pull of the Heard by Suzan Palumbo
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

“Fabulous Beasts” originally appeared on Tor.com and was edited by Ellen Datlow.

“Bestias Fabulosas” apareció orginalmente en Tor.com, editado por Ellen Datlow.

The first book of this series is Water in the Lungs (Agua en los Pulmones) and includes work by Lucy Taylor, Kelly Robson and Ruthanna Emrys.

El primer libro de esta serie es Agua en los Pulmones, que incluye textos escritos por Lucy Taylor, Kelly Robson y Ruthanna Emrys.

Pulpture Ediciones is the  brainchild of Jorge Plana and Cris Miguel. Based in Madrid, it specialises in bringing SFF to Spain.

Pulpture Ediciones es la creación de Jorge Plana y Cris Miguel. Con base en Madrid, está especializada en traer literatura fantástica a España.

Mark and I were fortunate enough to travel to Madrid last year and meet the team who were a very fabulous bunch. They are currently working on a Spanish translation of “All the Fabulous Beasts”, my collection released in 2017 by Undertow Publications (edited by Michael Kelly). I owe them all huge thanks for their hard work and hospitality.

Mark y yo tuvimos la fortuna de viajar a Madrid el año pasado y conocer al equipo, un grupo estupendo. En este momento están trabajando en la traducción al español de «All the Fabulous Beasts» (Todas Las Bestias Fabulosas), la colección que publicó en 2017 Undertow Publications (editado por Michael Kelly) . Les doy las gracias por su trabajo y su amabilidad.

L-R: Miguel Garrido de Vega, Mark Greenwood, Alberto Berhon Garcia, Sofia Barker, me, Jorge Plana

 

 

 

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Edited By

 

Edited By is an anthology of a selection of stories edited by Ellen Datlow over her stellar career.

This beautiful book is available to pre-order from Subterranean Press and will be published in September 2020.

The trade edition is a fully cloth bound hardback ($45) and there’s 250 copies of the limited edition signed by most of the contributers ($125).

Dust jacket illustration by Anna & Elana Balbusso.

I feel very honoured to have worked with Ellen Datlow and to be included in this volume with “The Crow Palace”, a story that appeared Black Feather: Dark Avian Tales, her bird themed horror anthology (2017).

 

 

Edited By is a thoroughgoing attempt to reflect both the quality and infinite variety of the fiction she has championed in the course of her career. The stories gathered here come from all over the literary map. There are SF, fantasy, and horror stories, often in unique combinations. There are household names among the contributors, such as Neil Gaiman, whose screenplay/story “Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture)” is a chilling account of eater and eaten, predator and prey. There are newer, lesser known figures as well, among them Nathan Ballingrud, whose “Monsters of Heaven” is an achingly beautiful story of grief, loss, and strange encounters. And there are many award-winning writers included, among them Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link, Lucius Shepard, Ted Chiang, and Jeffrey Ford, to name just a few. Their contributions are among the many highlights of this book.

-Gary K. Wolfe

 

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Gary K. Wolfe
  • Home by the Sea by Pat Cadigan
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change by Kij Johnson
  • The Bedroom Light by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron
  • The Crow Palace by Priya Sharma
  • Some Strange Desire by Ian McDonald
  • The Lepidopterist by Lucius Shepard
  • Bird Count by Jane Yolen
  • Anamorphosis by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Hortlak by Kelly Link
  • In the Month of Athyr by Elizabeth Hand
  • Precious by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Daniel’s Theory About Dolls by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Mysteries by Livia Llewellyn
  • Dancing Men by Glen Hirshberg
  • The Office of Doom by Richard Bowes
  • Black Nightgown by K. W. Jeter
  • A Delicate Architecture Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Goosle by Margo Lanagan
  • Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture) by Neil Gaiman
  • Teratisms by Kathe Koja
  • The Monsters of Heaven by Nathan Ballingrud
  • That Old School Tie by Jack Womack
  • Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy
  • Overlooking by Carol Emshwiller
  • Sonny Liston Takes the Fall by Elizabeth Bear
  • Technicolor by John Langan
  • The Sawing Boys by Howard Waldrop
  • Shay Corsham Worsted by Garth Nix
  • Seventy-Two Letters by Ted Chiang
  • Interview with Ellen Datlow by Gwenda Bond
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Ormeshadow ARC

I can’t quite believe this is a real book.

Ellen Datlow and Ormeshadow (Advanced Review Copy)

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Cover Reveal for Ormeshadow

I’m very excited about the release of my first novella, “Ormeshadow”, by Tor later this year. They’ve allowed Bookish to reveal the cover. Do you want a look?

Priya Sharma

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Horror Round-Up 2018 by Ellen Datlow

I am eternally grateful to Ellen Datlow for her support of my work and for including my collection in her summary of horror for 2018, published by Locus.

Priya SharmaThere were a number of notable collections published, including All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma (Undertow), the long overdue debut of this talented author’s work, featuring 16 stories published since 2006, two of them original. Sharma makes a graceful shift between the fantastic and horror genres, and many of her stories have been in­cluded in Best of the Year anthologies. Her novelette “Fabulous Beasts” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the British Fantasy Award. Highly recommended.

Read Ellen’s full article here.

 

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