Ellen Datlow (born December 31, 1949) is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror editor and anthologist.
Datlow was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and Omni Online from 1981 through 1998, and edited the ten associated Omni anthologies. She co-edited the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series from 1988 to 2008 (with co-editor Terri Windling through 2003), followed by the team of Gavin Grant and Kelly Link until the series end) She's now editing The Best Horror of the Year published by Night Shade Books. She has edited many original science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies on her own, as well as collaborations with Terri Windling, and one with Nick Mamatas.
She was editor of the webzine Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror from 1998 through 1999, and was the editor of Sci Fiction until it ceased publication with its last piece of fiction, December 28, 2005.
Datlow won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor in 2002 and 2005, and the Hugo for Best Short Form Editor in 2009 and 2010. Her editing work has also been recognized with three Bram Stoker Awards, nine World Fantasy Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards for Best Anthology, two Shirley Jackson Awards for Best anthology, five Locus Awards for Best Editor. She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to the genre." In 2011 she was given the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association. She is a long time trustee of the Horror Writers Association. She has been the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar since 2000, a series which features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction.
The Best Horror of the Year is an annual compendium of the critically acclaimed editor's selections of horror fiction and poetry published in the previous year and has included fiction by Laird Barron, Stephen Graham Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, Joe R. Lansdale and Nicholas Royle. The books also contains an annual summation of publishing in the field (Awards, Notable Novels, Anthologies, Single-Author Collections, Journals/Newsletters/Magazines/Webzines, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Chapbooks/Limited Editions) and a list of "Honorable Mentions." Volume Three was published in May 2011.
- Gavin Grant announces the end of Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: http://smallbeerpress.com/not-a-journal/2009/01/12/the-years-best-fantasy-horror/
- World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 04 Feb 2011.
- Queen Victoria's Book of Spells cover art, anthology incl Genevieve Valentine and Catherynne M Valente: http://upcoming4.me/news/book-news/queen-victoria-s-book-of-spells-cover-art-anthology-incl-genevieve-valentine-and-catherynne-m-valente
- DeNardo, John (March 2, 2012). "TOC: 'Queen Victoria's Book of Spells' Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling". SF Signal. Retrieved August 30, 2012. "Ellen Datlow has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology..."
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