Jeff VanderMeer has a short interview with Ellen Datlow currently running on’s Omnivoracious website. The interview focuses on Datlow’s two summer anthologies, Naked City (you can read Sheila M. Merritt’s review here) and Supernatural Noir.

In response to a question about the difference between urban fantasy and supernatural noir, Datlow says, “I perceive urban fantasy as generally lighter in tone than supernatural noir. Although some of the stories in Naked City are quite dark, they don’t contain the crucial elements of betrayal by an intimate that denotes much of noir fiction. However, an overlap does occur in that many stories in both subgenres crucially take place in cities.”

You can read the interview in it’s entirety here: Ellen Datlow

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