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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 07:56 am:   

summer 2006

I co-edit the World Fantasy Award winning anthology series The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press) with Kelly Link & Gavin Grant. We are now reading for the 20th volume, which will include all material published in the year 2006.
I am looking for stories from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech science fiction horror, psychological horror, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology so I am only reading material published in or about to be published during the year 2006. Submission deadline for stories is December 15th 2006. Anything sent after this deadline will reach me too late. If a magazine, anthology, or collection you’re in or you edit is coming out by December 31st 2006 you can send me galleys or manuscripts so that I can judge the stories in time. No email submissions. I strongly suggest that authors check with their publishers that they are sending review copies out to me as I don’t have time or energy to nag publishers to get me material. I request it once (maybe twice) and that’s it.

There are summations of "the year in horror," and "the year in fantasy" in the front of each volume. These include novels we've read and liked, nonfiction, art books, and in my section, "odds and ends"-- material that doesn't fit anywhere else but that I feel might interest the horror reader. But I have to be aware of this material in order to mention it. The deadline for this section is January 30th, 2006.
When sending me material please put YEAR'S BEST HORROR on the envelope.
Ellen Datlow
PMB 391
511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011-8436

Kelly Link & Gavin Grant
176 Prospect Avenue
Northampton, MA 01060

Kelly & Gavin cover fantasy and I cover horror. If you consider something both, send a copy to each of us. We do not confer on our choices.

****I do not want to receive manuscripts from authors of stories from venues that it’s likely I already receive regularly (like Interzone, Black Static, Cemetery Dance, Subterranean, Postscripts, Weird Tales, F&SF, the Dell Mystery and sf magazines etc) or from anthologies and collections, unless I don't have or can’t get that anthology or collection. And please do not send a SASE. If I choose a story you will be informed. If you want to confirm that I‘ve received something, enclose a self-addressed-stamped postcard and I will let you know the date it arrived. For stories that appear on the web, please send me (or have the publisher send me) print-outs of your story.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 07:58 am:   

I would specifically like to call for print-outs of stories from the Australian website Shadowed Realms as I will not read the stories online in the past have not been sent the stories by the publishers and therefore missed at least one in 2005 that I read in reprint and would have put on my HM list.
Thanks.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 01:44 pm:   

Here's the jacket art for YBFH #20:

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Jim Steel
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

Nice!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 02:29 pm:   

I think it's a lot better than last year's --I think we're getting into the swing of things...
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PM
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 03:59 pm:   

TOC?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 09:44 am:   

Not quite ready. I'm still agonizing about the last 25,000 words from my half :-) Soon.
Kelly and Gavin sent in the fantasy half before leaving for Australia but until I get the ok from our packager (that he can get all their choices) I can't post it.
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 10:54 am:   

Hi Ellen,

Does each half get a strict 125,000 word limit?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 12:54 pm:   

Just about.
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Vylar Kaftan
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 04:55 pm:   

That cover art is gorgeous.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 - 06:03 pm:   

Glad you like it. I like the color combo.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 08:43 pm:   

I'm hoping to post the horror TOC before I leave for London tomorrow evening, but am waiting to hear back from one last contributor who I contacted this evening before doing so.
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 08:54 pm:   

Ah, great, looking forward to it. Enjoy London, Ellen.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 08:58 pm:   

Thanks, Michael. I hope the bad weather coming to the NY/NJ area holds off til after my flight leaves ;-(
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 09:02 pm:   

Yes, I've heard we're in for a spot of snow. I'd heard late evening, but now I'm hearing rush hour. Fingers crossed.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 07:58 am:   

Best of 2006—Horror section


La Profonde Terry Dowling Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear

Sob in the Silence Gene Wolfe Strange Birds chapbook

A Pig’s Whisper Margo Lanagan Agog! Ripping Reads

Winkie Margo Lanagan Red Spikes

Journey into the Kingdom M. Rickert F&SF May

Father Muerte and the Flesh Lee Battersby Aurealis #36

The Muldoon Glen Hirshberg American Morons

Ballade William Hope Hodgson (poem) The Lost Poetry

My Babe, My Babe William Hope Hodgson (poem) The Lost Poetry

31/10 Stephen Volk Dark Corners

Messages Brett Alexander Savory Realms of Fantasy February

Raphael Stephen Graham Jones, Cemetery Dance #55

The Last to be Found Christopher Harman New Genre issue four

The Box Stephen Gallagher Retro Pulp Tales

Landfill Joyce Carol Oates The New Yorker, 10/9

The Churring Nicholas Royle Mortality

First Kisses From Beyond the Grave Nik Houser Gargoyle 51

The Extraordinary Limits of Darkness Simon Clark, Shrouded by Darkness

Drowning Palmer Sarah Monette All Hallows 41

Dead Sea Fruit Kaaron Warren Fantasy Magazine Issue 4

Dog Person Scott Nicholson Cemetery Dance #56
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 02:22 pm:   

Done done done!!!! Yayyy. I went over Jim Frenkel's line edits yesterday and am happily finished. (although, as mentioned under the "reading" thread, I'm hoping to add a couple of more novel mini-reviews to my summary for 06.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 04:03 pm:   

What's on tap for the fantasy section?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 05:16 pm:   

I've just been given permission to post this. There is one poem that may drop if the permission isn't cleared soon so I have not included it:


Nathalie Anderson, Tell, (poem) The Journal of Mythic Arts, Summer/
Autumn 500

Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Is Rain My Bearskin?, (poem) Fairy Tale
Review, Green Issue 500

Josh Bell, Yep, I Said Camel, (poem) Ninth Letter, Vol. 3, No.1 500

Paul Di Filippo, Femavillle 29, Salon Fantastique 8580

Jeffrey Ford, The Night Whiskey, Salon Fantastique 9150

Ben Fountain, The Good Ones are Already Taken, Brief Encounters with
Che Guevara 12,500

Jeannine Hall Gailey, Persephone and the Prince Meet Over Drinks,
(Poem) Becoming the Villainess 500

Jeannine Hall Gailey, Becoming The Villainess, (Poem) Becoming the
Villainess 500

Frances Hardinge, Halfway House, Alchemy, 3 7200

Minsoo Kang, A Fearful Symmetry, Of Tales and Enigmas (Prime) 2000 words

Ellen Klages, In the House of the Seven Librarians, Firebirds Rising
8,900

Tim Pratt, Cup and Table, Twenty Epics 6100

M. Rickert, Journey into the Kingdom, F&SF, May 5,300 Sharing w/ Ellen

Benjamin Rosenbaum, A Siege of Cranes, Twenty Epics 11,500

Christopher Rowe, Another Word for Map Is Faith, F&SF, Aug 5,000

Geoff Ryman, Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter, F&SF, Oct/Nov 12,600

John Schoffstall, Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery, June 5
Strange Horizons, 4400

Ira Sher, Lionflower Hedge, ParaSpheres, 700 words

Delia Sherman, La Fee Verte, Salon Fantastique 12,700

Ysabeau S. Wilce, The Lineaments of Gratified Desire, F&SF, Jul 25,000

Caleb Wilson, Directions, Diagram, 6.4 1000
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PM
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 05:50 pm:   

Neat!

I'll be lookin' to pick it up!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 04:47 pm:   

I just found out that the book won't be out until September, which annoys me no end.
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 08:53 am:   

Sheesh! That's a shame. I recall, I think, picking the book up in July, some years. Last year I didn't see it until late August.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 09:48 am:   

Michael,
It's so big and has so many components that it's easy to miss the deadline. I'm hoping I, at least can move faster this year-- by reminding everyone that I MUST receive anything to be considered by December 31st or I just won't look at it.
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PM
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 06:28 pm:   

Did your year in review appear in the May issue of Locus?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 08:08 pm:   

Only a small bit of it.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 02:32 pm:   

I received my copy of the arc today and am pretty unhappy with the back cover copy (which blessedly will NOT be on the actual book). It uses the same crappy arc copy they used last year, which ended up on amazon ( and is still there, dammit!)

"The legendary anthology is back, with witches and warlocks, fairy rings and gothic tales. The Years Best Fantasy and Horror 2007 presents the best short stories and poetry published in this genre.

Culled from thousands of annuals, acclaimed writers and genre specialists Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant offer a broad range of fantastical and horrific fiction.." etc

and it calls Kelly's collection a "novel." aighhhh. Just shoot me now.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 02:41 pm:   

Bang, bang!
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 04:57 pm:   

"horrific fiction"

Ha ha h-- hey, wait a minute ...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 09:17 pm:   

I got my first "author" copies today--five hc and five pb. I could only carry one bag (the hc) home so I don't know how the pb looks but the hc looks good. All the contributor names are on the back cover and there are photos of me, Kelly, and Gavin on the inside flap.

The book is officially published October 2nd and ships the 4th. Halleluja!

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