Review: Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six


By Alison J. McKenzie


Datlow, Ellen, ed. The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6. Night Shade Books (June 3, 2014). Paperback: 448 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1597805032.


I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies. Going in, I can typically expect the following: a couple of outstanding stories, some pretty good ones, some “blah” ones, and one or two that make me want to chuck my Kindle at a wall. The gamble is really in the balance of quality versus dreck. …

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Review: Lovecraft’s Monsters


By Allen Griffin


Datlow, Ellen. Lovecraft’s Monsters. Tachyon Publications (April 15, 2014) Paperback: 432 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1616961213.


There is little doubt that H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos has penetrated the Western world’s popular culture, from Cthulhu’s cameo on South Park to plushy toys adorned with tentacle visages, H.P.’s monsters are ubiquitous.

However, many who see these images are unaware that they are even derived from a corpus of literature at all. Meanwhile, within the literary sub-genre of Lovecraftian horror, the monsters …

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Review: Datlow’s Alien Sex, Sirens anthologies

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 320pp. USD $7.99. ASIN: B009193KBC.

Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex. [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 286pp. $7.99. ASIN: B009193LT8.

Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction [Kindle] Open Road (September 11, 2012). 436pp. $7.99. ASIN: B009193KQC.

One of the joys of e-books is the ability to get …

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Review: Wild Justice

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Wild Justice. Ash Tree Press, 2012. USD $8.99, Kindle Edition.

This anthology and I have a history. I originally read it when it was called Lethal Kisses and released by a UK press (Though it never seemed to make its way to the U.S., it did make its way to Canada, where I found a library copy). Lethal Kisses was probably distinguished from other Datlow anthologies I’ve read due to the high level …

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Review: Blood and Other Cravings

By Amanda J. Spedding

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Blood and Other Cravings. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2011. USD $25.99 (hardcover), USD $12.99 (ebook). ISBN: 978-7653-2828-1.

Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow stopped by Innsmouth Free Press recently to talk about her latest anthology – Blood and Other Cravings –  and her inspiration behind the collection, plus her views on vampires and their current trend. Now, Amanda Spedding reviews the anthology. 

Blood and Other Cravings contains 17 stories of all things …

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Interview: Ellen Datlow

Award-winning Editor Ellen Datlow has a new anthology out, called Blood and Other Cravings. She was kind enough to stop by Innsmouth to briefly talk about, you guessed it, vampires.

IFP: What is your definition of a vampire?

ED: Generally, a supernatural creature that steals a human’s essence, usually blood but sometimes other crucial elements of the life force.

IFP: How is Blood and Other Cravings different from other vampire anthologies on the market?

ED: It’s an anthology of …

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Review: Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. Tachyon Publications, March 2010. CA$ 16.93/US$15.95. ISBN: 978-1892391957.

I’ve been gravitating towards Datlow’s anthologies for several years now and find them among the more interesting offerings available out there. She usually puts out several of them a year. In 2010, there’s a couple I’ve been watching out for: Haunted Legends with Nick Mamatas and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror.

In her introduction to the book, …

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Review: The Best Horror of the Year Volume One

by Orrin Grey

Datlow, Ellen. The Best Horror of the Year Volume One. Night Shade Books, 2009. US $14.95/ CA$17.55 . ISBN 978-1597801614.

There’s been a volume of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited (or co-edited) by Ellen Datlow every year for literally as long as I’ve been writing. In fact, there’s been one every year for most of my life. Until this year.

This year, in place of that venerable series (which marked its 21st anniversary last …

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