Best Quotes by Ellen Datlow

By | August 2, 2016

Horror isn’t only about ghosts or monsters. For example, paranormal romance seems the antithesis of horror. Once you have a sexy, fun vampire who is sweet, and you have a happy ending, it’s not horror.

Ellen Datlow

Dolls fire our collective imagination, for better and – too often – for worse. From life-size dolls the same height as the little girls who carry them, to dolls whose long hair can ‘grow’ longer, to Barbie and her fashionable sisters, dolls do double duty as child’s play and the focus of adult art and adult fear.

Ellen Datlow

Editing cannot be taught. Developing your own taste cannot be taught.

Ellen Datlow

I hate being bored when I read a story. Even a well-trod theme can be made fresh by a different perspective or fresh writing.

Ellen Datlow

Dolls, perhaps more than any other object, demonstrate just how thin the line between love and fear, comfort and horror, can be. They are objects of love and sources of reassurance for children, coveted prizes for collectors, sources of terror and horror in numerous movies, television shows, books, and stories.

Ellen Datlow

I think most new writers are better off going with traditional publishers who will actually, at a minimum, edit your work, package it well, and market it for you.

Ellen Datlow

Amanda Hocking and Hugh Howey have been successful in their self-publishing ventures. But notice that Hocking would prefer to write and hand over the editing, promotion, and selling to a traditional publisher.

Ellen Datlow

Horror is edgier. Dark fantasy feels mushier to me. Finding the difference – it’s an instinct. And they overlap a lot.

Ellen Datlow

I feel lucky that I get to read and publish stories that are not necessarily overtly horror in ‘Best Horror of the Year.’

Ellen Datlow

I’ll read any anthologies or collection I can get my hands on. If I find a book mentioned in ‘Publisher’s Weekly,’ and it looks like it will be dark, I’ll track it down.

Ellen Datlow

I am a collector of dolls and doll parts. I’m rarely creeped out by most dolls, either in real life or in literature, but I know many people who are.

Ellen Datlow

Despite the fact that he’s been dead for over seventy years and his prose considered purple and overwrought by many, H.P. Lovecraft’s work is still widely read and has remained influential for generations.

Ellen Datlow

I realized very young that I loved reading and wanted to do something related to books/reading for a living. I didn’t think of publishing, really, until I was out of college.

Ellen Datlow

The genres of the fantastic and the grotesque are far more interesting to me than most mnemonic fiction.

Ellen Datlow

I generally find fiction without some move to the weird, less imaginative, dull, prosaic. Not all of it, of course, but a lot of it. I suppose it’s just a question of taste.

Ellen Datlow

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