Terri Windling

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Terri Windling (born December 3, 1958 in Fort Dix, New Jersey) is an American editor, artist, essayist, and the author of books for both children and adults. She has won nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award, and her collection The Armless Maiden appeared on the short-list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. In 2010 Windling received the SFWA Solstice Award, which honors "individuals with a significant impact on the speculative fiction field". Her work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Lithuanian, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, and Korean.

In the American publishing field, Windling has been one of the primary creative forces behind the mythic fiction resurgence that began in the early 1980s, through her work as an innovative editor for the Ace and Tor Books fantasy lines and as the editor of more than thirty anthologies of magical fiction. She created the Fairy Tale Series[1] of novels that reinterpret classic fairy tales (below). She is also recognized as one of the founders of urban fantasy, having published and promoted the first novels of Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, and other pioneers of the genre.[2][3]

With Ellen Datlow, Windling edited 16 volumes of Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (1986–2003), an anthology that reached beyond the boundaries of genre fantasy to incorporate magic realism, surrealism, poetry, and other forms of magical literature. Datlow and Windling also edited the Snow White, Blood Red series of literary fairy tales for adult readers, as well as many anthologies of myth & fairy tale inspired fiction for younger readers, such as The Green Man, The Faery Reel, and The Wolf at the Door. Windling also created and edited the Borderland series for teenage readers, and The Armless Maiden, a fiction collection for adult survivors of child abuse like herself.[4][5]

As an author, Windling's fiction includes The Wood Wife (winner of the Mythopoeic Award for Novel of the Year) and several children's books: The Raven Queen, The Changeling, A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale, The Winter Child, and The Faeries of Spring Cottage. Her essays on myth, folklore, magical literature and art have been widely published in newsstand magazines, academic journals, art books, and anthologies. She was a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, edited by Jack Zipes.

As an artist, Windling specializes in work inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Her art has been exhibited across the US, as well as in the UK and France.

Windling is the founder of the Endicott Studio, an organization dedicated to myth-inspired arts, and was the co-editor with Midori Snyder of The Journal of Mythic Arts from 1987 until it ceased publication in 2008.[6] She also sits on the board of the Mythic Imagination Institute. Windling married Howard Gayton, the British dramatist and co-founder of the influential Commedia dell'arte troupe, the Ophaboom Theatre Company, in September 2008, and lives in Devon, England.[7]

In May 2016, Windling gave the fourth annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford, speaking on the topic of fantasy literature in the post-Tolkien era.[8]



  • "The Green Children", The Armless Maiden, Tor Books, 1995
  • The Wood Wife, Tor Books, 1996 (winner of the Mythopoeic Award)
  • "The Color of Angels", The Horns of Elfland, New American Library, 1997
  • The Raven Queen, with Ellen Steiber, Random House, 1999
  • The Changeling, Random House, 1995
  • The Old Oak Wood Series, Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Wendy Froud
    • A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale, 1999
    • The Winter Child, 2000
    • The Faeries of Spring Cottage, 2001
  • "Red Rock", Century Magazine, 2000
  • The Moon Wife, Tor Books, forthcoming
  • Little Owl, Viking, forthcoming[needs update]


  • "Surviving Childhood", The Armless Maiden, Tor Books, 1995
  • "Transformations", Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales (Expanded Edition), Anchor, 1998
  • Co-writer and editor of Brian Froud's Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • "On Tolkien and Fairy Stories", Meditations on Middle-Earth, St. Martin's Press, 2001
  • Contributing writer to The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, edited by Jack Zipes, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002
  • Contributing writer to Fées, elfes, dragons & autres créatures des royaumes de féerie, edited by Claudine Glot and Michel Le Bris, Hoëbeke, France, 2004
  • Contributing writer to Panorama illustré de la fantasy & du merveilleux, edited by André-François Ruaud, Les Moutons Electriques, France 2004
  • Numerous articles on myth and mythic arts for Realms of Fantasy magazine and the Journal of Mythic Arts, 1992–2008


  • Elsewhere, Volumes I–III, edited with Mark Alan Arnold, Ace Books, 1981–1983 (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Volume I)
  • Faery, Ace Books, 1985 (World Fantasy Award nominee)
  • Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series, with Ellen Datlow, 1986-2003 (winner of three World Fantasy Awards and the Bram Stoker Award)
  • Snow White, Blood Red series, with Ellen Datlow
  • Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, with Ellen Datlow, HarperPrism, 1998; Avon, 2002
  • The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors, Tor Books, 1995 (James Tiptree, Jr. Award shortlist)
  • Retold Fairy Tales series, with Ellen Datlow (for Middle Grade readers)
    • A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales, Simon & Schuster, 2000
    • Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold, Simon & Schuster, 2002
    • Troll's Eye View and Other Villainous Tales, Viking, 2009
  • Mythic Fiction series, with Ellen Datlow, illustrated by Charles Vess (for Young Adult readers)
    • The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Viking, 2002 (winner of the World Fantasy Award)
    • The Faery Reel: Tales From the Twilight Realm, Viking, 2004 (World Fantasy Award nominee)
    • The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Viking, 2007 (World Fantasy Award nominee)
    • The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People, Viking, 2010
  • Salon Fantastique with Ellen Datlow, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006 (winner of the World Fantasy Award)
  • Teeth with Ellen Datlow, HarperCollins, 2011
  • After with Ellen Datlow, Disney/Hyperion, forthcoming 2012
  • Queen Victoria's Book of Spells with Ellen Datlow, Tor Books, forthcoming 2013[needs update]

Series edited[edit]

The latter Young Adult shared-world series features the intersection of Elfland and human lands, which is generally populated by teenagers, runaways, and exiles. Primary series writers are Ellen Kushner, Charles de Lint, Midori Snyder, Emma Bull, and Will Shetterly. The series consists of five anthologies and three novels to date.[when?]

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  1. ^ a b The Fairy Tale Series series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2020-03-15.
  2. ^ Clute, John; John Grant (1999). The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (2nd ed.). St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-19869-8., pp. 148, 237, 333.
  3. ^ Keller, Donald G. (1998). "Into the Woods: The Faery Worlds of Terri Windling". Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  4. ^ Clute (1995), p. 251.
  5. ^ Windling, Terri (1995). The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors. Tor Books. ISBN 0-312-85234-7.
  6. ^ "Endicott Studio". Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  7. ^ "People and Publishing: Milestones", Locus, December 2008, p. 8.
  8. ^ "Photographs, podcast, and video for the Fourth Tolkien Lecture", The J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature, 1 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2017.

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