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January 25, 2021

B58 Mini Interviews with Ellen Datlow, Daniel M. Kimmel, and Leigh Perry

Welcome back to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of the top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

This week’s Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series is with Ellen Datlow, Daniel M. Kimmel, and Leigh Perry!

Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow has been editing sf/f/h short fiction for four decades. She currently acquires short stories and novellas for Tor.com and its horror imprint Nightfire. She has edited anthologies for adults, young adults, and children, including The Best Horror of the Year series and most recently Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories. Forthcoming are Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles, and the reprint anthologies Edited By and Body Shocks. She’s won multiple Locus, Hugo, Stoker, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards plus the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre” and was honored with the Life Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgment of superior achievement over an entire career and honored with the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention. She runs the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in the east village, NYC, with Matthew Kressel.

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What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Seeing old friends, virtually and interacting with everyone attending.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

I want to return to Japan. It’s a beautiful country with great food and people. And crafts. I love pottery and there are some wonderful centers of pottery-making there.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

I listen to WBGO, a jazz station out of Newark, NJ on a regular basis.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

Body Shocks, a reprint anthology of body horror will be out from Tachyon in the fall, as will be my next Best Horror of the Year. Plus also my Shirley Jackson-inspired original anthology. Oh yes, and Tool Tales which is an esoteric little project that Kaaron Warren and I worked on a couple of years ago, with me photographing some of the odd tools I collect and she writing mini-stories about them. IFGW, run by Gerry Huntman is publishing it as a chapbook.

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Daniel M. Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award, given by the New England Science Fiction Association. He was a finalist for a Hugo Award for Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other observations about science fiction movies and for the Compton Crook Award for best first novel for Shh! It’s a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender’s Guide. In addition to short stories, he is the author of Time on My Hands: My Misadventures in Time Travel and Father of the Bride of Frankenstein. His column on classic SF films appears in Space and Time magazine, and his general film reviews can be found at NorthShoreMovies.net.

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What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Reconnecting with friends, fans, and acquaintances.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

Right now, at the depths of the pandemic but with the light at the end of the tunnel clearly visible, it would be to see my family.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

I don’t listen to music while I work, but I’m a huge fan of Stephen Sondheim.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

My current SFnal writing is my column on classic SF films for “Space and Time” magazine, “Take Two on the Movies.” I will have a satiric but non-SF novel coming out in 2021, “Banned in Boston.”

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Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry/Toni L.P. Kelner is two authors in one. As Leigh, she writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery and her skeletal pal Sid. The sixth, The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking, was published in 2019. As Toni, she’s written eleven mystery novels and co-edited urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. She’s won the Agatha Award and an RT BookClub Lifetime Achievement Award. Her most recent publications were short stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and in the Nasty Woman Press anthology Shattering Glass, and forthcoming is a contribution to an anthology inspired by Marx Brothers films.

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What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Seeing faces and hearing voices! I’ve been going out very little since the plague times began, so seeing faces and hearing voices talking about interesting topics? Sounds heavenly.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

In the real world, I want to go back to Disneyland because I really do find it magical. When I’m feeling safer, then Hawaii, because I suspect there’s magic there, too. If not, I bet I’ll still have a terrific time.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I’m working on a short story for an anthology based on the movies of the Marx Brothers. All the stories are named for and inspired by a particular movie. Mine is “Go West,” and the characters from my Family Skeleton series are going to a dude ranch.

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