Janeen Webb grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales. She attended the University of Newcastle where she ultimately gained a Ph.D. (1983) in literature. She has been a senior lecturer in literature at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Webb is a prominent Australian science fiction critic who has been published internationally in a variety of journals and magazines. From 1987 to 1991, Webb was co-editor of the Australian Science Fiction Review and has served as the reviews editor of Eidolon.
'Death at the Blue Elephant is the first story collection by the respected and multiple award winning Australian writer and editor Janeen Webb. She is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Peter MacNamara SF Achievement Award, the Australian Aurealis Award, and is a three-time winner of the Ditmar Award. In her introduction to this book, Pamela Sargent describes these stories as evoking a "combination of suspenseful anticipation, nervous apprehension, and total absorption in something far removed from my own experience". Death at the Blue Elephant collects 18 incredible globe-spanning visions by the self-confessed 'inveterate traveller'. Five stories are original to this collection.' (Publication summary)