Ellen Datlow
middle-aged white woman standing at a podium, speaking into microphone
Datlow in 2017
Born (1949-12-31) December 31, 1949 (age 74)
  • Editor
  • anthologist
Known forThe Best Horror of the Year

Ellen Datlow (born December 31, 1949) is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror editor and anthologist. She is a winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award (Horror Writers Association).


Datlow began her career working for Holt, Rinehart and Winston for three years, as well as doing a stint at Crown Publishing Group.[1] She went on to be fiction editor at 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 Terri Windling until 2003, later with Gavin Grant and Kelly Link until the series ended[2]). She was also editor of the webzine Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror from 1998 to 1999, as well as Sci Fiction until it ceased publication on December 28, 2005.[citation needed]

Datlow has edited the anthologies Nebula Awards Showcase 2009, Darkness: Two Decades of Horror (2010), Hauntings (2013), Queen Victoria's Book of Spells (with Terri Windling, Tor Books, 2013),[3][4] Lovecraft's Monsters (2014), The Cutting Room (2014), The Monstrous (2015), Nightmares (Tachyon Publications, 2016), The Doll Collection (2016), Mad Hatters and March Hares (2017), The Devil and the Deep (2018), and When Things Get Dark (2021).[5]

She now edits The Best Horror of the Year, published by Night Shade Books. This is an annual compendium of selected horror fiction and poetry published in the previous year. It has included work by notable writers including Laird Barron, Stephen Graham Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, Joe R. Lansdale, and Nicholas Royle.

Awards and recognition

Delia Sherman, Nancy Kress, and Ellen Datlow, 2007

Datlow won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor in 2002 and 2005, and the Hugo for Best Short Form Editor in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Her editing work has also been recognized with five Bram Stoker Awards, ten World Fantasy Awards,[6] two International Horror Guild Awards for Best Anthology, three Shirley Jackson Awards for Best Anthology, and twelve 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 received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association.[7] She is a longtime trustee of the Horror Writers Association and has been a co-host of the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar since 2000.[citation needed]

Selected list of awards


  1. ^ "Editor Spotlight on Ellen Datlow". September 2020. ((cite magazine)): Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ 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/
  3. ^ Queen Victoria's Book of Spells cover art, anthology incl Genevieve Valentine and Catherynne M Valente: "Queen Victoria's Book of Spells cover art, anthology incl Genevieve Valentine and Catherynne M Valente - Upcoming4.me". Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  4. ^ DeNardo, John (March 2, 2012). "TOC: 'Queen Victoria's Book of Spells' Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling". SF Signal. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012. Ellen Datlow has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology...
  5. ^ Guslandi, Mario (June 12, 2021). "Epeolatry Book Review: When Things Get Dark edited by Ellen Datlow". The Horror Tree. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  6. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Horror Writers Association". Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "2010 Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". Horror Writers Association. June 15, 2000. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Ansible 325 August 2014. "Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro are the two winners of the World Fantasy Award life achievement honour for 2014."
  10. ^ "2020 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. April 7, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  11. ^ "The 2019 Bram Stoker Award® Winners". Bram Stoker Awards. Retrieved August 19, 2020.