Check this out. Holy Crap!

your humble host

I get this email from my blog:

Name: Ellen Datlow
Comment: I would like a print review copy The Box Under the Bed to cover in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR #10. My mailing address is
Ellen Datlow
PMB (numbers)
(numbers) Avenue of the Americas
NY NY (numbers)
Ellen Datlow


Now, I get a TON of spams, and this isn’t likely to REALLY be Ellen Datlow, you know? But the name sounds familiar. I Google her; she’s legit – Datlow was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and co-edited the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series; she was editor of the webzine Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror…

So I show it to Allison (by email).


We are both kinda suspicious

so Allison says maybe find some other legit sources for Ellen and see if the email matches or whatever. Sounds good. So I do.

She has a blog.



The blog has a Contact Me page.

I send her an email:

I recently got an email from my blog from somebody purporting to be you and asking for a paperback copy to be sent to them in New York. If it’s you, I’m flattered. If it’s not you, I guess I’m just raising your awareness of the scam. Hopefully it was you! 

And since I’m convinced it’s a scam and that I just embarrassed myself, I shut down the computer and get ready to go to sleep.

When I get an email.

Hi Dan, Yes it is me. My call for submissions is attached.






This is who’s interested in our anthology:

Ellen Datlow was fiction editor of Omni magazine 1981 through 1998
• She now edits The Best Horror of the Year published by Night Shade Books.
• Won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor in 2002 and 2005
• Won 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
• Two International Horror Guild Awards for Best Anthology
• In 2011 she was given the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association.

The Best Horror of the Year is an annual compendium of the critically acclaimed editor’s selections of horror fiction and poetry published in the previous year and has included fiction by Laird Barron, Stephen Graham Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, Joe R. Lansdale and Nicholas Royle. Here’s the Ellen Datlow Wiki link:



50 thoughts on “Check this out. Holy Crap!

  1. Here’s to us scaring her with the stories and not the writing!

    I get my handful of paperbacks on Wednesday via Amazon – can’t wait to read all the stories and intrigued to see how mine looks on the page – yep I’m a little nervous!

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