Books by Ellen Datlow

QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS by Ellen Datlow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2013

"Splendid tales that illuminate a bygone era's darker corners."
Eighteen tales of gaslamp fantasy, that is, historical fantasy set in an alternate 19th century where magic worked or supernatural events occurred, together with an extensive and informative introduction from editor Windling tracing historical roots and adding context. Read full book review >
AFTER by Ellen Datlow
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A fine selection for new readers looking to sample this type of fiction or for dedicated fans seeking fresh voices. (Science fiction/short stories. 12 & up)"
Both superstar and up-and-coming YA authors tackle the themes of apocalypse and dystopia in 19 short stories and poems. Read full book review >
TEETH by Ellen Datlow
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 5, 2011

"Great for diving in and out, although a bit overwhelming cover-to-cover, this collection might even win boys back to vampire lit. (author bios) (Horror/vampire anthology. YA)"
Once again, Datlow and Windling (Troll's Eye View, 2009, etc.) have pulled together a who's who of teen-literature and genre luminaries, this time telling tales of vampires. Read full book review >
THE BEASTLY BRIDE by Ellen Datlow
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Rich reading that meets the editors' high standards. (Fantasy/short stories. 12 & up)"
Readers of a Datlow/Windling anthology have certain expectations: that the thick volume will include stories by writers both known and new; that headpieces for each tale will be Vess's sinuously evocative drawings; that a fully formed introduction will lay out the collection's parameters; that notes and a bit of biography will follow each story; and that an excellent bibliography will be included. Read full book review >
TROLL’S-EYE VIEW by Ellen Datlow
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2009

"Brief author bios follow each selection; a list of further reading rounds it all out. (Fantasy/anthology. 10-13)"
Fifteen authors, nearly all well known to fantasy readers, move to the folktale villain's side. Read full book review >
THE YEARS BEST FANTASY AND HORROR 2007 by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"Worth a space on any bookshelf."
Bring out the bone china—a critically acclaimed fantasy/horror annual celebrates its 20th anniversary in grand style. Read full book review >
THE FAERY REEL by Ellen Datlow
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Wondrous. (Fiction. YA)"
This is a treasure chest. Read full book review >
THE DARK by Ellen Datlow
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Top-drawer."
Original stories from a dark place, as collected by Datlow, who, with Terri Windling, edits The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror collections. Read full book review >
SWAN SISTER by Ellen Datlow
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite perfunctory author's comments at each story's end, an above-average gathering. (introduction) (Short stories. 11-14)"
Thirteen new stories along the lines of those in the editors' Wolf at the Door (2001), several by the same authors. Read full book review >
THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2002

"Treasure abounding."
Splendid by an any measure, whether as fantasy, horror, or simply memorable prose, this fat sheaf of the year's best is distinguished by two standout stories: "The Hunter's Wife," originally published in Atlantic Monthly and also included in author Anthony Doerr's first book, The Shell Collector (2002), is set in a wild Montana valley. Read full book review >
THE GREEN MAN by Ellen Datlow
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 20, 2002

"Illustrations by noted fantasy artist Charles Vess not seen. (introduction, author notes and biographies) (Short stories. 12+)"
The spirit of the forest is celebrated in stories and poems by 18 well-known authors and talented newcomers, in another fine fantasy collection by Datlow and Windling (A Wolf at the Door, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Not to be missed."
A rich, inventively written collection. Read full book review >
THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Think of it as an early Christmas present to yourself. The perfect bedside book—as long as there's a light left on in the hallway."
There are pleasures aplenty in this latest doorstopper field-report from the world of unicorns, wizards, altered mental states, and magical transformations. Read full book review >
A WOLF AT THE DOOR by Ellen Datlow
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 2000

"Author comments, mostly about favorite childhood fairy tales, follow each story. (Short stories. 11-15)"
Harking back to a time when "fairy tales were scarier . . . and the heroes and heroines were more interesting," 13 fantasists spin trenchant remakes or sequels. Read full book review >
VANISHING ACTS by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Worth a try."
Datlow's latest themed anthology (Off Limits, 1996, etc.) headlines endangered species, and sometimes the endangered species is humanity itself, as a result of its own behavior. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"There are over 40 entries here, in a collection not to be missed by anyone seriously interested in fantasy or horror."
 The variety of this top-flight annual never fails to appeal, in part because it covers so much material, including, along with the best stories, obituaries of writers whose files have closed, a review of the year's best fantasy in film, television, and comic books, and summations of the year's activities in horror and fantasy. Read full book review >
BLACK SWAN, WHITE RAVEN by Ellen Datlow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Fresh, often feminist significance teased out of ancient, ageless tapestries."
 Fourth in the series of fairy tales reworked for modern audiences (Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Indispensable."
 From 1995, another bumper crop of 35 stories, 11 poems, and the usual nonfiction roundups (``Summation 1995: Fantasy''; ``Summation 1995: Horror''; ``Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1995''; and ``Obituaries''—none seen). Read full book review >
OFF LIMITS by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The result, however, is extremely uneven."
 Twenty-one entries, most appearing for the first time, reprising Omni editor Datlow's 1990 anthology, Alien Sex. Read full book review >
RUBY SLIPPERS, GOLDEN TEARS by Ellen Datlow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The fairy-tale tradition clearly retains its imaginative fertility, and the authors have almost without exception risen to the occasion."
 The third in a series of classic fairy tales retold for adult readers (Snow White, Blood Red, 1993; Black Thorn, White Rose, 1994) again brings a distinguished company of writers to age-old material. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Any reader who cares about short work in these two genres will here find a rich sample of the best."
 Datlow and Windling's definitive collection of short fantasy and horror fiction enters its eighth year (1994) with a veritable feast of stories, poems, and commentary on the genres they cover: 53 pieces in all. Read full book review >
BLACK THORN, WHITE ROSE by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"No matter which tour you take through this frightening and dark enchanted wood, Datlow and Windling again prove themselves the best guides."
 The editors of the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror concoct a potent brew of fairy tales spiked with feminism. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Genre auslanders who've been invited into the fold include Thomas Disch, Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez and Sherman Alexie."
 The seventh annual collection of dreams and nightmares from editors Datlow and Windling. Read full book review >
OMNI by Ellen Datlow
Released: July 1, 1994

"With work by Greg Bear, Carol Emshwiller, Howard Waldrop, Roger Zelazny, and others."
 ``It's weird enough for me'' seems to have been editor Datlow's rather flexible criterion for admitting stories into this anthology, the second of a series of science-fiction collections featuring pieces that originally appeared in Omni magazine. Read full book review >
OMNI VISIONS ONE by Ellen Datlow
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"The themes range from the Revolutionary War, love affairs, ghosts, pirates and lemurs, and nuclear war to species extinction, radio, disease, and mutable reality; the other authors include Marc Laidlaw, James P. Blaylock, William S. Burroughs, Howard Waldrop, Octavia E. Butler and Michael Swanwick."
 First of a new series of anthologies, most or all of whose contents will have appeared previously in Omni magazine. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1993

"Add on the various summations (Fantasy, Horror, TV and movies, obituaries, Honorable Mentions) and the result is another generous, appealing anthology, with much fine work and something to please all tastes."
 Another colossal compendium, comprising 48 stories (although the late Angela Carter's ``Alice in Prague, or the Curious Room'' is included but not listed) and five poems (though two poems by Margaret Atwood are listed but not included). Read full book review >
SNOW WHITE, BLOOD RED by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"An excellent sampler of the current crop of fantasy writers; the annotated reading list is a bonus for those interested in further exploration."
 From the editors of the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series comes an anthology of original work by current authors, based on the fairy-tale tradition. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Pity the price tag has left orbit and was last seen heading for Mars."
 Another mammoth and eclectic collection of 44 tales and six poems drawn from 1991's short-format output. Read full book review >
A WHISPER OF BLOOD by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1991

"Admirably inventive variations on vampirism, although none can match the grim grandeur of the Count himself."
 Toothy follow-up to Datlow's first-rate Blood Is Not Enough (1988) anthology, which conjured up vampires who dine on sex, fear, love, anything but blood. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Eclectic, well crafted, with authentic thrills and chills: a solid addition to the series."
 Another huge, 51-piece compilation of 44 stories, an essay, and six poems, ranging in tone from light humor through splatterpunk to dark horror. Read full book review >