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]

In 2009, Salmonson posted a set of 240 film reviews, the Weird Wild Realm of Paghat the Ratgirl, in which she reviewed 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.[citation needed]


  • 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 (Ace Books 1981) (revised as The Disfavored Hero (Pacific Warriors 1999))
  • The Golden Naginata (Ace Books 1982)
  • Thousand Shrine Warrior (Ace Books 1984)

Other novels[edit]

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


  • Hag's Tapestry (R.A.Pardoe 1986)
  • A Silver Thread of Madness (Ace Books 1989)
  • John Collier and Fredric Brown Went Quarreling Through My Head (W. Paul Ganley 1989)
  • Harmless Ghosts (R.A.Pardoe 1990)
  • Mystic Women: Their Ancient Tales and Legends... (Street of Crocodiles 1991)
  • The Mysterious Doom and Other Ghostly Tales of the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch Books 1992)
  • The Eleventh Jaguarundi and Other Mysterious Persons (Wordcraft of Oregon 1995)
  • Phantom Waters: Northwest Legends of Rivers, Lakes & Shores (Sasquatch Books 1995)
  • Mister Monkey and Other Sumerian Fables (Tabula Rasa Press 1995)
  • Twenty-one Epic Novels (Tabula Rasa (limited edition) 2002)
  • The Dark Tales (Sarob Press 1991)
  • The Deep Museum: Ghost Stories of a Melancholic (Ash-Tree Press 2003)

Poetry collections[edit]

  • On the Shores of Eternity (Duck's-Foot Tree Productions 1981)
  • The Horn of Tara (1995)
  • The Ghost Garden


  • The Encyclopedia of Amazons: Women Warriors from Antiquity to the Present Era (1991)
  • Wisewomen and Boggy-Boos: A Dictionary of Lesbian Fairy Lore (1992) (with Jules Remedios Faye)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Amazons! (1979)
  • Amazons II (1982)
  • Heroic Visions (1983)
  • Tales by Moonlight (1983)
  • "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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