Special Editor Guest
MARY DANBY was the fiction editor at Fontana Books from 1969-72. She edited thirteen volumes of The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1970-84), taking over from then-editor Christine Bernard, and twelve volumes of the Armada Ghost Book (1970-82).
Under her charge, she published Ray Bradbury, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Sydney J. Bounds, Rosemary Timperley, Christine Campbell Thomson and Harry. E. Turner, alongside such newer names as Bernard Taylor, David Langford, Adrian Cole, Samantha Lee, Rick Ferreira and Tony Richards. Mary’s other anthologies include three volumes of Nightmares, two volumes of Frighteners, Realms of Darkness, 65 Great Spine Chillers, 65 Great Tales of the Supernatural and Great Murder Mysteries.
An author in her own right, her imaginative and incredibly twisted tales can be found in her various anthologies, both adult and children’s, and she is the author of several non-genre novels and humour books. Her debut collection, Party Pieces: The Horror Fiction of Mary Danby, brings together her entire horror oeuvre and will be launched at FantasyCon 2012.
Mary Danby is the great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and the niece of Monica Dickens.