Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books and its new digital imprint, Masque Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint for six years from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books. Guran is the editor of the annual Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series of anthologies (2010-present) and editor of numerous other anthologies: Embraces: Dark Erotica (Venus or Vixen, 2000; International Horror Guild finalist), Best New Paranormal Romance (Juno, 2006), Best New Romantic Fantasy 2 (Juno, 2007), and for Prime except where noted, Zombies: The Recent Dead (2010), Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011), Halloween (2011), New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (2011), Brave New Love (Constable-Robinson/UK; Running Press/US), 2012), Witches: Wicked Wild & Wonderful (2012), Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire (2012), Extreme Zombies (2012), Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012), Rock On: Greatest Hits of Fantasy and Science Fiction (2012), Season of Wonder (2012), Future Games (2013), Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (2013), After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013), Mammoth Book of Angels & Demons (Constable-Robinson/UK; Running Press/US), 2013), and, coming later this year, two all-original anthologies Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre and Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales.
In an earlier life, she produced the pioneering weekly email newsletter DarkEcho, which won the nonfiction Stoker for 1998 and 1999 and was an International Horror Guild periodical finalist for 1998 and winner for 1999. She edited the print ’zine Horror Garage, an eccentric mix of original dark fiction and garage/punk/indie music which won the periodical IHG for 2000. She was a World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional finalist for 1996 and 2001.
Guran has contributed reviews, interviews, and articles to numerous professional publications and books. She began producing the horror portion of the pioneering professional Web publication OMNI Online in 1996 and became the literature editor of Universal Studios’ HorrorOnline in October 1998. She recently served as nonfiction editor for Weird Tales magazine, reviewed regularly for Publishers Weekly for over a decade, and was review editor for Fantasy, a columnist for Cemetery Dance, and editor of the "Print" section of Cinemafantastique magazine. She mentored and was a contributing editor for the innovative online PDF publication The Spook. Earlier she was fiction editor for Gothic.Net webzine and edited and published Wetbones, a print magazine of cutting edge dark fiction.
Guran chaired the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards Jury for two terms and is a former member of the HWA’s Board of Trustees. She served as a World Fantasy Award judge in 2001 and administered the International Horror Guild Awards from 1997 until its demise in 2008. She worked for Stealth Press—a publisher of sf/f/h and more —in marketing, as online content editor, and other capacities. Guran has also done a great deal of other various and sundry work in speculative fiction including agenting, teaching, and publishing. The mother of four, she lives in Akron, Ohio.