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Ellen Datlow - book author

Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Terri Windling).

She is the winner of multiple awards for her editing, including the World Fantasy Award, Locus Award, Hugo Award, International Horror Guild Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to the genre." And has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association.

She co-hosts the popular Fantastic Fiction at KGB Bar series of readings in New York City where she lives.


Ellen Datlow is the author of books: Snow White, Blood Red, Naked City, Lovecraft Unbound, The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Black Heart, Ivory Bones, Teeth: Vampire Tales, After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears, Silver Birch, Blood Moon

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Once upon a time, fairy tales were for children... But no longer.

You hold in your hands a volume of wonders -- magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into a realm of dreams. These are stories that bite -- lush and erotic, often dark and disturbing mystical journeys through a phantasmagoric landscape of distinctly adult sensibilities... where there is no such thing as "happily ever after."

In this thrilling collection of original stories, some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill, and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher’s ”Curses”, Harry Dresden investigates how to lift a curse laid by the Fair Folk on the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs’ “Fairy Gifts,”, a vampire is called home by magic to save the Fae who freed him from a dark curse. In Melissa Marr’s “Guns for the Dead”, the newly dead Frankie Lee seeks a job in the afterlife on the wrong side of the law. In Holly Black’s “Noble Rot”, a dying rock star discovers that the young woman who brings him food every day has some strange appetites of her own.

Featuring original stories from 20 authors, this dark, captivating, fabulous, and fantastical collection is not to be missed!

Curses / by Jim Butcher --
How the pooka came to New York City / by Delia Sherman --
On the slide / by Richard Bowes --
The Duke of Riverside / by Ellen Kushner --
Oblivion by Calvin Klein / by Christopher Fowler --
Fairy gifts / by Patricia Briggs --
Picking up the pieces / by Pat Cadigan --
Underbridge / by Peter S. Beagle --
Priced to sell / by Naomi Novik --
The bricks of Gelecek / by Matthew Kressel --
Weston walks / by Kit Reed --
The projected girl/ by Lavie Tidhar --
The way station / by Nathan Ballingrud --
Guns for the dead / by Melissa Marr --
And go like this / by John Crowley --
Noble rot / by Holly Black --
Daddy longlegs of the evening / by Jeffrey Ford --
The skinny girl / by Lucius Shepard --
The Colliers' Venus (1893) / by Caitlín R. Kiernan --
King pole, gallows pole, bottle tree / by Elizabeth Bear.
The stories are legendary, the characters unforgettable, the world horrible and disturbing. Howard Phillips Lovecraft may have been a writer for only a short time, but the creations he left behind after his death in 1937 have shaped modern horror more than any other author in the last two centuries: the shambling god Cthulhu, and the other deities of the Elder Things, the Outer Gods, and the Great Old Ones, and Herbert West, Reanimator, a doctor who unlocked the secrets of life and death at a terrible cost. In Lovecraft Unbound, more than twenty of today's most prominent writers of literature and dark fantasy tell stories set in or inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft.

9 • Introduction (Lovecraft Unbound) • essay by Ellen Datlow
11 • The Crevasse • short story by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
31 • The Office of Doom • [Dust Devil] • short story by Richard Bowes
43 • Sincerely, Petrified • short fiction by Anna Tambour
73 • The Din of Celestial Birds • (1997) • short story by Brian Evenson
85 • The Tenderness of Jackals • short fiction by Amanda Downum
99 • Sight Unseen • short fiction by Joel Lane
113 • Cold Water Survival • short story by Holly Phillips
139 • Come Lurk With Me and Be My Love • short fiction by William Browning Spencer
161 • Houses Under the Sea • (2006) • novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
195 • Machines of Concrete Light and Dark • short story by Michael Cisco
213 • Leng • short fiction by Marc Laidlaw
239 • In the Black Mill • (1997) • short story by Michael Chabon
267 • One Day, Soon • short fiction by Lavie Tidhar
277 • Commencement • (2001) • novelette by Joyce Carol Oates
305 • Vernon, Driving • short fiction by Simon Kurt Unsworth
315 • The Recruiter • short fiction by Michael Shea
331 • Marya Nox • short fiction by Gemma Files
347 • Mongoose • [Boojum] • novelette by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
375 • Catch Hell • short fiction by Laird Barron
413 • That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable • short fiction by Nick Mamatas
Faeries, or creatures like them, can be found in almost every culture the world over--benevolent and terrifying, charming and exasperating, shifting shape from country to country, story to story, and moment to moment. In The Faery Reel, acclaimed anthologists Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have asked some of today's finest writers of fantastic fiction for short stories and poems that draw on the great wealth of world faery lore and classic faery literature.

These authors, including Neil Gaiman (American Gods; Coraline), Gregory Maguire (Mirror Mirror), Patricia A. McKillip (Ombria in Shadow), Charles de Lint (The Blue Girl), Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), and Kelly Link (Stranger Things Happen), have contributed stories and poems that are varied, unexpected, and wonderfully absorbing reading. Charles Vess's lovely decorations bring each piece to life; as an added bonus, Terri Windling provides a fascinating, thoughtful essay on the history of faery literature.

This companion to the World Fantasy Award-winner and Locus best-seller The Green Man is edgy, provocative, and thoroughly magical. Like the faeries themselves.
One of our most universal myths is that of the Green Man, the spirit who stands for Nature in its most wild and untamed form. Through the ages and around the world, the Green Man and other nature spirits have appeared in stories, songs, and artwork, as well as many beloved fantasy novels, including Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Now Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, the acclaimed editors of over thirty anthologies, have gathered some of today's finest writers of magical fiction to interpret the spirits of nature in short stories and poetry. Folklorist and artist Charles Vess brings his stellar eye and brush to the decorations, and Windling provides an introduction exploring Green Man symbolism and forest myth. The Green Man is required reading, not only for fans of fantasy fiction but for those interested in mythology and the mysteries of the wilderness.
Hair bright as gold...Lips red as blood...Heart black as sin...Truth sharp as bone...

As in their previous critically acclaimed volumes of reconsidered fairy tales, award-winning editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have gathered together remarkable stories that illuminate the more sinister, sensual, and sophisticated aspects of the tales we cherished in childhood; the fables of witches and princes and lost children that we once imagined we knew.

"Black Heart, Ivory Bones" showcases twenty beguiling tales for the child-that-was and the adult-that-is, penned by twenty of the most creative artists in contemporary American literature. Here dissected are the darker anatomies of the timeless, seemingly simple stories we have long loved. Here wonder and truth have serious bite.

A lovelorn prince seeking his father's blessing concocts a fantastic tale of a witch, a tower, and lustrous long hair... A pair of accursed red boots punishes a beautiful dancer for her pride... A troll-killing, princess-rescuing warrior is compelled to consider events from his adversaries' point of view...In a blistering tell-all memoir, Goldilocks reveals the sordid truth about her brutal foster parent, Papa Bear...

Rich, surprising, funny, erotic, and unsettling, these twenty new yarns and poems offer exceptional anew treasures--as they brilliantly reveal lusts and jealousies, foibles, hatreds and dangerous obsessions, the things that slyly lurk in the midnight interior of oft-told tales.
Sink your teeth into these bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. Features stories by Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Garth Nix, and many more.
If the melt-down, flood, plague, the third World War, new Ice Age, Rapture, alien invasion, clamp-down, meteor, or something else entirely hit today, what would tomorrow look like? Some of the biggest names in YA and adult literature answer that very question in this short story anthology, each story exploring the lives of teen protagonists raised in catastrophe's wake--whether set in the days after the change, or decades far in the future.

"New York Times "bestselling authors Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Jane Yolen are among the many popular and award-winning storytellers lending their talents to this original and spellbinding anthology.

Introduction by Genevieve Valentine
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After the Cure by Carrie Ryan
Valedictorian by N. K. Jemisin
Visiting Nelson by Katherine Langrish
All I Know of Freedom by Carol Emshwiller
The Other Elder by Beth Revis
The Great Game at the End of the World by Matthew Kressel
Reunion by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Blood Drive by Jeffrey Ford
Reality Girl by Richard Bowes
How Th’irth Wint Rong by Hapless Joey @ Homeskool.guv by Richard Bowes
Rust with Wings by Steven Gould
Faint Heart by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Easthound by Nalo Hopkinson
Gray by Jane Yolen
Before by Carolyn Dunn
Fake Plastic Trees by Caitlín R. Kiernan
You Won’t Feel a Thing by Garth Nix
The Marker by Cecil Castellucci
""Once upon a time ..." So begin the classic fairy tales that enthralled and terrified us as children. Now, in their third critically acclaimed collection of original fairy tales for adults, World Fantasy Award-winning editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling bring us twenty-one new stories by some of the top names in literature today. Joyce Carol Oates, Gahan Wilson, Gene Wolfe, Tanith Lee, Neil Gaiman -- these are but a few of the accomplished literary sorcerers who have gathered here to remold our timeless myths into more sensuous and disturbing forms. Like the fabled ruby slippers, there is powerful magic here. Rich witches in trendy resorts cast evil spells ... beautiful princesses age and wither in sleeping worlds ... terrible beasts reside beneath flawless skin.

Dark, disturbing, delightful, each story was written expressly for this superb collection of distinctly grown-up fantasy -- a brilliant companion volume to Datlow and Windling's acclaimed anthologies, "Snow White, Blood Red and "Black Thorn, White Rose.
The four previous volumes in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's anthology series of fairly tales retold with a distinctively modern edge have been hailded by reviewers as "brilliant," "provocative," and "disturbing." In this triumphant new collection of original fiction, twenty-one of today's leading writers spin the cherished fables of childhood into glittering gold--offering magical tales for adults, as seductive as they are sophisticated.A jealous prince plots the destruction of his hated brother's wedding by inventing a "magic" suit of clothing visible only to the pure at heart...
A young girl's strange fairy tale obsession results in a brutal murder...
An embittered mother cares for her dying son who is trapped in a thicket that guards a sleeping beauty...
In a bleak and desolate industrial wasteland, a group of violent outcasts lays the tattered myths of one Millenium to rest, and gives terrifying birth to those of the next.

Erotic, compelling, witty, and altogether extraordinary, these stories lay bare our innermost demons and desires--imaginatively transforming our youthful fantasies into things darker, slyer, and more delightfully subversive.