Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

I am an author, editor, and anthologist—Tor Books, Skyhorse, VIZ Media and many more. Clients have published with Orbit, Ace, St. Martin's.

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I am an author and editor, working primarily in the field of science fiction/fantasy/horror. I spent ten years at VIZ Media, editing Japanese SF in translation, and have published novels and short fiction anthologies of my own with Tor Books, Skyhorse, Dark Horse, and many other leading publishers. I offer what you would get from an editor at a New York publishing house—a marked-up manuscript and lengthy editorial letter making suggestions for changes, some of which may be substantive (e.g., combining characters, adding or dropping subplots, moving or eliminating chapters and story arcs).
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction
Short Story
Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • MFA Western Connecticut State University

Awards

  • Bram Stoker Award, Hugo Award nominee, Locus Award nominee

Work experience

Editor

VIZ Media
August, 2008 – Present (about 11 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader)

This flash fiction can be sipped or slammed, just like the booze it represents! A cocktail is like an excellent story—bitter and sweet and over too quickly, but the memory of it stays with you. From the Pimm’s Cup to Smoking Bishop, the Manhattan to the Moscow Mule, Mixed Up features not only more than two dozen classic recipes and hot tips on ingredients and preparations, but new cocktail-the... read more

This flash fiction can be sipped or slammed, just like the booze it represents! A cocktail is like an excellent story—bitter and sweet and over too quickly, but the memory of it stays with you. From the Pimm’s Cup to Smoking Bishop, the Manhattan to the Moscow Mule, Mixed Up features not only more than two dozen classic recipes and hot tips on ingredients and preparations, but new cocktail-the... read more

Haunted Legends: An Anthology

Ellen Datlow, Nick Mamatas

Winner of the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology!Darkly thrilling, these twenty new ghost stories in Haunted Legends have all the chills and power of traditional ghost stories, but each tale is a unique retelling of an urban legend from the world over.Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and award-nominated author and editor Nick Mamatas recruited Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Campbell, Jo... read more

Winner of the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology!Darkly thrilling, these twenty new ghost stories in Haunted Legends have all the chills and power of traditional ghost stories, but each tale is a unique retelling of an urban legend from the world over.Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and award-nominated author and editor Nick Mamatas recruited Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Campbell, Jo... read more

Kwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age

Jae-Eui Lee

First publication in English of this eyewitness account of the 1980 civilian uprising against Chun Doo Hwan's military coup. First published in Korean in 1985 under the name of dissident novelist Hwang Sog-yong, this revised edition includes an introduction by Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago, and an essay by investigative journalist Tim Shorrock on U.S. involvement in the repression. This... read more

First publication in English of this eyewitness account of the 1980 civilian uprising against Chun Doo Hwan's military coup. First published in Korean in 1985 under the name of dissident novelist Hwang Sog-yong, this revised edition includes an introduction by Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago, and an essay by investigative journalist Tim Shorrock on U.S. involvement in the repression. This... read more

Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition): (Previously published and available digitally as All You Need Is Kill)

Hiroshi Sakurazaka

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally--the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his... read more

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally--the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his... read more

West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Political Memoir

William Blum

In the 1960s, after four years with IBM and two more with the U.S. State Department, William Blum became a radical dissident. As an insider in two worlds, he is well suited to assess the people, events, and ideology of both the “bourgeois” and “radical” cultures. In West-Bloc Dissident, Blum brings unexpected wit and insight to his portrayals of both sides of the ideological fence. He draws un... read more

In the 1960s, after four years with IBM and two more with the U.S. State Department, William Blum became a radical dissident. As an insider in two worlds, he is well suited to assess the people, events, and ideology of both the “bourgeois” and “radical” cultures. In West-Bloc Dissident, Blum brings unexpected wit and insight to his portrayals of both sides of the ideological fence. He draws un... read more

King of Strong Style: 1980-2014

Shinsuke Nakamura

The life of the internationally famous professional wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura, from his childhood to the International Wrestling Grand Prix championship, and beyond!Before he became a star of American professional wrestling, Shinsuke Nakamura was Japan’s “King of Strong Style.” Follow his life and career from the amateur grappling ranks to the Nippon Budokon, thrill to his matches against suc... read more

The life of the internationally famous professional wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura, from his childhood to the International Wrestling Grand Prix championship, and beyond!Before he became a star of American professional wrestling, Shinsuke Nakamura was Japan’s “King of Strong Style.” Follow his life and career from the amateur grappling ranks to the Nippon Budokon, thrill to his matches against suc... read more

Sabbath

Nick Mamatas

The infamous eleventh-century warrior Hexen Sabbath is plucked from death and certain damnation by a being claiming to be an angel of the Lord, and finds himself dropped into contemporary Manhattan with no clothes, no weapons, no resources, and one mission―to track down and kill the living personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins before they bring about Armageddon. With time running out and h... read more

The infamous eleventh-century warrior Hexen Sabbath is plucked from death and certain damnation by a being claiming to be an angel of the Lord, and finds himself dropped into contemporary Manhattan with no clothes, no weapons, no resources, and one mission―to track down and kill the living personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins before they bring about Armageddon. With time running out and h... read more

Starting Point, 1979-1996

Hayao Miyazaki

The first of a pair of memoirs in collection form, featuring essays, interviews, and even a brief comic on the history of airline food, from the master animator. In the first two decades of his career, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki laid the groundwork for his legendary movies. Starting Point is a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki's childhood, the fo... read more

The first of a pair of memoirs in collection form, featuring essays, interviews, and even a brief comic on the history of airline food, from the master animator. In the first two decades of his career, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki laid the groundwork for his legendary movies. Starting Point is a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki's childhood, the fo... read more

Harmony

Project Itoh

In a perfect world, there is no escapeReads L to R (Western Style). In a perfect world, there is no escape In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn't that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide ... read more

In a perfect world, there is no escapeReads L to R (Western Style). In a perfect world, there is no escape In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn't that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide ... read more

The Future is Japanese

Original and classic science fiction about Japan from some of the greatest writers in the world.A web browser that threatens to conquer the world. The longest, loneliest railroad on Earth. A North Korean nuke hitting Tokyo, a hollow asteroid full of automated rice paddies, and a specialist in breaking up “virtual” marriages. And yes, giant robots. These thirteen stories from and about the Land... read more

Original and classic science fiction about Japan from some of the greatest writers in the world.A web browser that threatens to conquer the world. The longest, loneliest railroad on Earth. A North Korean nuke hitting Tokyo, a hollow asteroid full of automated rice paddies, and a specialist in breaking up “virtual” marriages. And yes, giant robots. These thirteen stories from and about the Land... read more

America the Anxious: Why Our Search for Happiness Is Driving Us Crazy and How to Find It for Real

Ruth Whippman

NAMED ONE OF THE 40 BEST BOOKS OF 2016 BY THE NEW YORK POSTA New York Times Editor's Choice pick“Ruth Whippman is my new favorite cultural critic...a shrewd, hilarious analysis.” ―Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B (coauthored with Sheryl Sandberg)"I don't think I've enjoyed cultural observations this much since David Foster Wallace's A Supp... read more

NAMED ONE OF THE 40 BEST BOOKS OF 2016 BY THE NEW YORK POSTA New York Times Editor's Choice pick“Ruth Whippman is my new favorite cultural critic...a shrewd, hilarious analysis.” ―Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B (coauthored with Sheryl Sandberg)"I don't think I've enjoyed cultural observations this much since David Foster Wallace's A Supp... read more

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John Mack
Nick gave me invaluable advice on my short story anthology and was very professional. The editing and suggestions he gave were spot on for trimming my stories down and keeping the prose sharp as possible in the current draft. I would highly recommend him and would love to work with him again.

John Mack, August 2019

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