Tom Doherty Associates

A Division of Macmillan Publishers

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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 nearly 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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Fritz Foy, President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

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My path to Tom Doherty Associates began in January 1967—the day that I bought the first Star Trek novel, the Ace edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, and a used copy of Detective Comics #326 at Marley’s in East Hampton, NY. I still have all three.

After beginning my career at Simon & Schuster, I’ve spent the last 21 years working at Macmillan in a variety of roles: sales, marketing, operations, technology, workflow, production, and analytics, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Technology and the proud Publisher of Tor.com.

I want a book to show me a new world—be it a season of history I’ve not yet explored, a new scientific frontier, or a cosmos that only previously existed within the soul of its author. My hope as the Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates is to create well-written books that impart a sense of wonder through the pleasure of reading and the beauty of language. If you can approach a story with the same limitless excitement and curiosity as if it were a storybook from childhood, you can explore further than you ever thought possible.

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Claire Eddy, Executive Editor, Tor, Forge, Nightfire

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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, Senior Editor, Tor, Nightfire, Forge, Tor Teen, Starscape,

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Since 2013, I’ve been HEA with Tor/Forge Books where I’m actively acquiring speculative fiction as well as select works of nonfiction for all ages.

For Tor, Tor Teen, and Starscape: I’m interested in character-driven fantasy, near-future science fiction, and original horror. I’m particularly fond of speculative and secondary-world stories that reflect and comment on our current social and political climate. I’m eager for submissions featuring underrepresented and marginalized characters.

For Forge: I’m mostly interested in smart works of humor and fun, feminist nonfiction of the Jenny Lawson, Allie Brosh, Mary Roach, or Sarah Knight variety.

I’m a fan of whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so I’d love to see anything told in a smart, funny voice. I’m a sucker for stories about journalism, surveillance, conspiracies, the occult, and best friendships. Bonus points if they’re set in the Pacific Northwest.

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. I love science fiction and fantasy, and I enjoy a horror story now and again. 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, and I like both commercial and literary fantasy and science fiction. I would also like to see 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 fantasy worlds, new science, and how these impact the everyday lives of people.

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 L. E. Modesitt, Sue Burke, Brian Staveley, Karen Osborne and Sarah Kozloff.

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 as senior editor for Nightfire in November 2019, following a stint as an indie bookseller 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 love cleverly subverted horror tropes with contemporary twists. I’m seeking speculative fiction with a dark bent, surreal Twilight Zone-type stories gone malicious, and literary stories with subtle horror veins throughout. I want creatively reinvented nightmarish fairytales & folklore — from all cultures please, not just Western! And I’m eager to find coming of age stories with monsters as metaphors, or where the monsters are inside of us. Most importantly, I want to promote and champion diverse authors, own voices, and multicultural stories rooted in experiences and worlds that may be otherwise marginalized.  

I’m so excited to see what fresh horror stories are out there, but I’m especially eager to be surprised by manuscripts that blow away all my expectations!

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Melissa Ann Singer, Senior Editor, Tor, Forge, Nightfire

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I often refer to myself as an “editor of all work” and I’ve edited just about every kind of adult fiction we publish, from westerns to horror, historicals to police procedurals, spy novels to epic fantasy, and back again. If it’s genre fiction, I’m happy.

As an editor, I tend to be plot-driven—a story must be well-structured and play fair with the reader—but I also demand convincing settings and living, breathing, characters. I don’t believe all protagonists must be likable, though they should be sympathetic.

Books for adult readers only, please.

I’m looking for:

Horror fiction: I’m open to nearly anything creepy, frightening, or unsettling. Authors sourcing from non-Western and non-Christian traditions especially welcome.

Epic fantasy/“muscular fantasy”: Quests, battles, and/or continent-spanning journeys of adventure and self-discovery. Magic, sailing ships, horses/camels/beasts of burden, and good swordplay. Rebellion and revolution. Definitely looking for non-Western-derived cultures/worlds/magic/deities.

Science fiction: space opera or space adventure. Let’s explore planets; make first or second contact; bring down an evil, galaxy-spanning empire.

Disaster stories: killer avalanches or wildfires, horrible diseases, plane crashes, technology gone bad…preferably with a diverse cast.

Mystery and suspense: I prefer professional sleuths—cops and private eyes, forensic specialists and scientists–and spies (including the corporate variety).

Historical: I love historical fiction but my desires here are very niche. Please query!

I’m eager to see characters who represent the full spectrum of people in the real world and works by writers whose voices we have not heard before.

I am not currently accepting unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Kristin Temple, Assistant Editor

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I’ve been at Tor since 2016, and am currently building my list. I’m very actively seeking adult horror for Nightfire. I’m also looking for YA horror for Tor Teen.

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). I’m also very eager for underrepresented voices 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.

While my first love is horror, I do also enjoy commercial, character-driven fantasy and science fiction, particularly if there are darker elements and/or kickass female characters. I tend to lean more towards contemporary fantasy than secondary-world fantasy, and I have a soft spot for first-contact science fiction.

Regardless of genre, found families are my jam and I’ll read just about anything if I love the characters enough. And I always award bonus points for anything that can make me laugh.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.