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I make no secret that Ellen Datlow is my favorite editor. Sure, there are some great editors out there, but no one consistently delivers like Datlow does. She has introduced me to countless authors, and I'm sure she'll be responsible for me reading countless more as long as she keeps putting together amazing anthologies. Her latest, When Things Get Dark, due next week from Titan Books, is a tribute to the great Shirley Jackson. With Ellen Datlow at the helm and 320 pages of stories from the authors listed below, this one is an easy blind buy.

One of the most seminal writers in modern literature, Shirley Jackson’s influence in today’s modern horror writing is undeniable and her legacy only continues to grow. From the hit Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House to Elizabeth Moss’ portrayal of the author herself in the recent feature film Shirley, Jackson’s presence continues to permeate popular culture today. Here some of today’s most talented writers draw inspiration from the stories Jackson wrote to craft their own original, homages to her works.

Featuring Joyce Carol Oates, Josh Malerman, Carmen Maria Machado, Paul Tremblay, Richard Kadrey, Stephen Graham Jones, Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link, Cassandra Khaw, Karen Heuler, Benjamin Percy, John Langan, Laird Barron, Jeffrey Ford, M. Rickert, Seanan McGuire, Gemma Files, and Genevieve Valentine.

A collection of new and exclusive short stories inspired by, and in tribute to, Shirley Jackson. Shirley Jackson is a seminal writer of horror and mystery fiction, whose legacy resonates globally today.

Chilling, human, poignant and strange, her stories have inspired a generation of writers and readers. This anthology, edited by legendary horror editor Ellen Datlow, will bring together today’s leading horror writers to offer their own personal tribute to the work of Shirley Jackson.

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Steve Pattee
Author: Steve Pattee
Administrator, US Editor
He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone.
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