Chasing Gray has an interview with Ellen Datlow posted on its website. Datlow is perhaps best known as the horror arm of the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series (currently co-edited by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link) but science fiction fans know her also for the period from 2000 until the end of 2005, when she was the editor of the groundbreaking online publication SCI FICTION for the SCI FI Channel’s SCIFI.COM. SCI Fiction and its editor had an unparalleled record of critical success, earning ten major awards, including three Hugo Awards, four Nebula Awards and a World Fantasy Award. Earlier this month her anthology Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural won a World Fantasy Award.

In the interview, Dalow talks about editing young adult vs adult anthologies and genre vs non-genre: “… density of language can be a problem for younger readers; so we mention this issue to contributors to our YA anthologies,” she says. “When editing anthologies specifically for adults I feel that anything goes. Characters can be of any age – although I do occasionally worry that having a child prominently featured in a story may allow readers to misinterpret the “adultness” of that story or of the entire anthology. (as is discussed in the next question). In adult fiction, the language can be as dense as the story needs it to be.”

You can read the full interview here: Ellen Datlow

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