Ellen Datlow Interview

Great interview with our Guest of Honour, Ellen Datlow, by fantasy author Anna Kashina on her blog. The interview serves as a useful introduction to the award-winning editor and she describes her approach to editing and selecting short stories in detail:

Q: Apart from the regular ones (such as “the year’s best”), how do you decide which new anthology to work on, and how does the theme get selected for these anthologies?

Usually I’ll think up a theme that interests me, then contact some writers to ask if they’re interested in writing for it (bigger name ones first), write up a proposal and give it to my agent. Then she sends it out and we hope that a publisher is interested and makes an offer I can afford to accept. (this includes paying the contributors at least 6 cents a word plus how much I need in order to acquire and edit the project). Sometimes a publisher approaches me with an idea I like (for example the Poe anthology in honor of the Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial a few years ago). Also, my editor at Dark Horse suggested Supernatural Noir as a follow up to Lovecraft Unbound, which I edited for them a couple of years previously. As I love the supernatural and love noir it was a natural. I very much enjoyed editing that one. The third way I decide is that someone with whom I co-edit or who would like to co-edit with me comes up with a theme that I like. That’s how Terri Windling and I began co-editing our original anthologies. Nick Mamatas approached me about co-editing Haunted Legends (initially for the Horror Writers Association but that didn’t work out) because he thought my being involved would help sell the antho –which it did.

Read the rest of interview here.

Thanks to Jeppe Larsen for the tip.


Fantasticon 2012

Welcome to the website for Fantasticon 2012. After last year’s one day-event we have expanded Fantasticon into a three day-event at Kulturstationen Vanløse from June 1st to June 3rd.

We are proud to announce that our Guests of Honours are British science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds and multiple award-winning horror and fantasy editor Ellen Datlow (US).

Keep visiting this site or our Facebook group for further updates and information. In the following months we will announce more guests and details about the programme.

In the meantime, check out the trailer for Alastair Reynolds’ new novel Blue Remembered Earth – Book One of Poseidon’s Children:

You can also read the prologue and the first three chapters from the novel:
Blue Remembered Earth – Prologue
Blue Remembered Earth – Chapter One
Blue Remembered Earth – Chapter Two
Blue Remembered Earth – Chapter Three