Jessica Amanda Salmonson

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Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Born (1950-01-06)January 6, 1950
Seattle, Washington
Occupation Fantasy writer, Editor, Critic
Nationality United States
Genre Fantasy

Jessica Amanda Salmonson, born January 6, 1950,[1][2] is an author, editor and writer of fantasy and horror fiction.



Salmonson is the author of the Tomoe Gozen trilogy, a fantasy version of the tale of the historical female samurai Tomoe Gozen. Her other novels are The Swordswoman, Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman, an Asian fantasy, and a modern horror novel, Anthony Shriek.

Her short story collections include A Silver Thread of Madness; Mystic Women; John Collier and Fredric Brown Went Quarreling Through My Head; The Deep Museum: Ghost Stories of a Melancholic; and The Dark Tales. Poetry collections include Horn of Tara and The Ghost Garden.


Salmonson was the editor of the anthologies Amazons! and Amazons II; Heroic Visions and Heroic Visions II; Tales by Moonlight and Tales by Moonlight II; and What Did Miss Darrington See: An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Stories.

She has also edited a series of single-author collections of ghost stories and weird tales, many of them of historical significance to genre literature, including volumes by Marjorie Bowen, Alice Brown, Thomas Burke, Olivia Howard Dunbar, Hildegarde Hawthorne, Julian Hawthorne, Augustus Jessopp, Sarah Orne Jewett, Anna Nicholas, Fitz-James O'Brien, Vincent O'Sullivan, Georgia Wood Pangborn, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Mary Heaton Vorse, Jerome K. Jerome.

From 1973 to 1975, she was one of the editors of The Literary Magazine of Fantasy and Terror, a small-press magazine. She went on to edit Fantasy Macabre from 1985 until the final issue, #17, in 1996. The magazine was subtitled "Beauty plus strangeness equals terror."

Web presence[edit]

Salmonson maintains an extensive film blog, the Weird Wild Realm, in which she reviews films of all kinds, from art films to exploitation films, with coverage in particular of horror films, Japanese cinema, and Chinese cinema. Her site, In the Garden of Paghat the Ratgirl, is the world's largest website devoted to temperate gardening.


  • 1980: World Fantasy Award for best collection, Amazons! (1979).
  • 1989: Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Science Fiction/Fantasy, What Did Miss Darrington See?: An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction.

Select bibliography[edit]

Tomoe Gozen trilogy[edit]

  • Tomoe Gozen (1981) (revised as The Disfavored Hero (1999))
  • The Golden Naginata (1982)
  • Thousand Shrine Warrior (1984)

Other novels[edit]

  • The Swordswoman (1982)
  • Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman (1985)
  • Anthony Shriek, His Doleful Adventures; or, Lovers of Another Realm (1992)


  • Hag's Tapestry (1986)
  • A Silver Thread of Madness (1989)
  • John Collier and Fredric Brown Went Quarreling Through My Head (1989)
  • Harmless Ghosts (1990)
  • Mystic Women (1991)
  • The Mysterious Doom and Other Ghostly Tales of the Pacific Northwest (1992)
  • Wisewomen and Boggy-Boos: A Dictionary of Lesbian Fairy Lore (1992) (with Jules Remedios Faye)
  • The Eleventh Jaguarundi and Other Mysterious Persons (1995)
  • Phantom Waters: Northwest Legends of Rivers, Lakes & Shores (1995)
  • Mister Monkey and Other Sumerian Fables (1995)
  • Twenty-one Novels (2002)
  • The Dark Tales (1991)
  • The Deep Museum: Ghost Stories of a Melancholic (2003)

Poetry collections[edit]

  • The Horn of Tara (1995)
  • The Ghost Garden


  • The Encyclopedia of Amazons: Women Warriors from Antiquity to the Present Era (1991)

Anthologies edited[edit]

"The Haunted Wherry and Other Rare Ghost Stories" (1985)

  • Heroic Visions II (1986)
  • Tales by Moonlight II (1989)
  • What Did Miss Darrington See? (1989)

"Wife or Spinster: Short Stories by 19th Century American Women" (1991) with Charles Waugh

Collections edited[edit]


  1. ^ John Clute and John Grant, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, pp. 832-833, Orbit, London / St Martin’s Press, New York (1997).
  2. ^ Brian Stableford, The A to Z of Fantasy Literature, pp. 356-367, The A to Z Guide Series, Scarecrow Press (2009), ISBN 978-0-8108-6829-8

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