Tom Doherty Associates

A Division of Macmillan Publishers

Nightfire

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Nightfire Books, an imprint of the Macmillan unit Tom Doherty Associates, is a publisher of horror books across the breadth of the genre - from short story collections to novellas and novels, from standalone to series, from dark fantasy to the supernatural, from originals to reprints of lost modern classics. In addition to publishing books across all formats (print, audio, and ebook), Nightfire’s releases will also includes podcasts, graphic novels and other media.

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Tom Doherty, Chairman

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For over forty years, Tor Books, Forge Books, Tor Teen, and Starscape have been dedicated to publishing the best in genre fiction for adult, teen, and middle-grade readers. In 1979, when I founded the company, our intent was to focus on fiction, often grounded in science past, present, and future, starting with prehistoric fiction—which would be science fiction based on anthropology—and stretching across history and the present into a future which is often extrapolated from possibilities suggested in physics and other scientific fields of today.

The resulting list not only includes books from a wide range of genres, but has managed to win recognition in all of these fields. A diverse list like ours comes from an editorial staff with diverse interests. I want editors to reach beyond those founding concepts. To have the freedom to do work that interests them with authors that they enjoy reading. Our editors bring passion to every project and are dedicated to finding and publishing the best books in every genre. It is a pleasure to introduce them to you.

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Devi Pillai, President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

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Devi Pillai is the President and Publisher of TDA (Tor, Tordotcom, Forge, Starscape, Tor Teen and Nightfire).

She has over twenty years of publishing experience at HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmilian where she worked at a variety of science fiction, fantasy, and mainstream imprints. She was the founding editor at Orbit, where she worked for over a decade and which published The Witcher; James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series; the works of Brent Weeks, Gail Carriger, and Joe Abercrombie; and Hugo award-winning authors N. K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie.

Since joining Tor in 2016, she has overseen the publication of many award-winning and bestselling authors, including V. E. Schwab, Cixin Liu, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Her own authors currently include Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, Jenn Lyons, and Arkady Martine, whose debut novel A Memory Called Empire won the 2020 Hugo Award.

A fan at heart, she describes herself as having the bloody-minded reading tastes of a thirteen-year-old boy. She is always receptive to skillful pacing and deftly sketched characters, and of course assassins and dragons.

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Claire Eddy, Editorial Director for Tor, Nightfire, Tor Teen

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They say that those who can’t do, teach. In college, I envisioned becoming a professor in medieval studies, teaching generations of students and toiling away as a nameless handmaiden of history. But the editing life called its siren song and for more than thirty years I’ve worked at Tor, indulging in my many passions in genre fiction – fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mysteries. I’ve had the honor of  working with such wonderful authors as Jacqueline Carey, Juliet Marillier, Ramsey Campbell, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gene Wolfe…and many others, too many to count. 

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life working with authors to (hopefully) make their stories and dreams the best that they can be, becoming that “third eye,” general nudge, and all around pain in the butt to accomplish this feat. I give encouragement when I can, instruct when possible, and, again, hopefully contribute in some small way to sharing in the dream, giving readers new worlds and delightful puzzles.

And the best part? I still get to do this and every day feels as fresh as my very first day at Tor did. There is no other feeling like that in the world…

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Ali Fisher, Executive Editor, Tor, Nightfire, Forge, Tor Teen, Starscape

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Since 2013, I’ve been HEA with TDA where I’m actively acquiring speculative fiction and humorous nonfiction.

I’ve had the honor of acquiring and editing work from so many incredible authors including #1 New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered), New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune (The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries), popular ao3 writer Everina Maxwell (Winter’s Orbit), comedian Joe Pera and illustrator Joe Bennett (A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape), and many more.

For Tor, Nightfire, Tor Teen, and Starscape: I’m interested in diverse and inclusive speculative stories under the umbrellas of character-driven fantasy, “five minutes into the future” science fiction, and original horror.

For Forge: I’m most interested in feel-good, humorous nonfiction.

I’d love to see submissions by BIPOC authors and I’m a fan of whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so please send me funny manuscripts to read! I’m also a sucker for stories about best friendships.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Jennifer Gunnels, Editor, Tor, Nightfire

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I would best describe myself as a genre omnivore. That said, I admit I love science fiction a bit more than fantasy. Hard SF, soft SF, squishy SF. Horror in space or on a planet. First contacts. You name it. I am particularly drawn to first contact and well-done alien cultures, and I also admire complex world building with political machination, heists, and compelling characters. Material that’s hard to categorize in terms of which genre it inhabits often delights me. I appreciate veins of weirdness, or dark humor. Novels with ensemble casts and found families engage me a great deal.

Both commercial and literary science fiction and fantasy are welcome. I would love to see some more “in-system” science fiction as well as more international material whether that be the author’s country of origin or the story’s characters and content. Material from indigenous peoples regardless of country would be very welcome in my inbox.

In all cases, however, I want nuance—in the worlds, in characters, in dialogue. The books that I find most compelling engage with new ideas, alternate or immersive worlds, and new science.

My current list includes military sf as well as epic and political fantasies. I have the pleasure of working with a number of talented Tor authors such as Sue Burke, J. S. Dewes, Karen Osborne, L. E. Modesitt, and Brian Staveley.

I am also open to considering SF/F novellas for Tor.com Publishing and short stories for Tor.com.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Kelly O'Connor Lonesome, Senior Editor, Nightfire, Tor

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I joined Tor in 2019, following a stint as an indie bookseller in California, and careers at Orbit Books and Harper Voyager/William Morrow. I’m actively acquiring adult horror for Nightfire, and am searching for unique stories to keep me up at night.

I’d love to see submissions from writers of color, and I want to promote and champion multicultural stories rooted in experiences and worlds that may be otherwise marginalized.

I love cleverly subverted horror tropes with contemporary twists. I’m seeking speculative fiction with a dark bent, and thrilling stories that turn malicious. I want creatively reinvented nightmarish fairytales and folklore — and I am prioritizing those not from Western canon! My favorite themes and tropes include class & power imbalances, hauntings, false prophets, company towns, toxic relationships, meta horror, body horror, and psychological terror.

I’m so excited to see what new horror stories are out there, but I’m especially eager to be surprised by manuscripts that blow away all my expectations. If it doesn’t fit neatly into a category, it’s probably right for me!

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Kristin Temple, Associate Editor

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I’ve been at Tor since 2016, and am currently building my list. I’m primarily seeking adult horror for Nightfire, but am also open to select YA horror for Tor Teen. I acquire both novels and novellas for Nightfire.

I love commercial, character-driven horror that’s full of normal people making impossible choices. My favorite type of horror is grounded in close friendships, and a trope I never tire of is “group of friends must band together to defeat evil”. Stephen King’s IT was a formative work for me, and I’m always on the lookout for the next Losers Club to fall in love with. I also love horror that’s grounded in complicated family relationships—think Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts, the movie Hereditary, and Netflix’s adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House.

I love the familiar horror tropes, but I’m also looking for books that push the boundaries of the genre. I want to see authors use horror to tackle modern-day anxieties in fresh, unique ways (e.g. Jordan Peele’s Get Out or Alison Rumfitt’s Tell Me I’m Worthless). I’m also very eager for underrepresented voices and characters and have a particular soft spot for queer themes and characters.

I can stomach (and love!) some pretty dark stuff, but my favorite kind of horror is ultimately hopeful. I want to watch characters face their fears and win. Make impossible choices and survive. Rescue each other and rescue themselves.

I also enjoy commercial, character-driven fantasy and science fiction that has a horror twist. Think scifi/horror blends like Alien and Event Horizon, and dark fantasy like The Monster of Elendhaven and Pan’s Labyrinth.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

*Nothing But Blackened Teeth (featured below) was acquired by me, edited by Ellen Datlow