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The Book Of The Damned

Short story collection.
The first volume of The Secret Books Of Paradys.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Paradys 1 & 2.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Paradys: The Complete Paradys Cycle.
Contents: Stained With Crimson; Malice In Saffron; Empires Of Azure.
Nominated as no. 15 in the Best Collection category in the 1989 Locus Poll.

Welcome to the nightmare world of Paradys!
Jehanine: demon or saint? Her days she spent at the Nunnery of the Angel; her nights in the vicious back-streets of Paradys, wreaking revenge on men for the wrongs she had suffered at their hands.
'How fast does a man run when the Devil is after him?' Andre St Jean is about to find out, as a young man collapses at his feet and presses into his hand a strange scarab ring, containing the secret of life...
The stranger pushed a note across the table: 'In a week or less I shall be dead.' In a week, he was, and most unnaturally. She found herself drawn to the house where he died, to unravel the web of mystery and horror that had been spun about him...
Tales of macabre fantasy from Tanith Lee, as disturbing and spine-chilling as the stories of Poe and Lovecraft! (cover copy - trade issue)
  1. London Sydney Wellington: Unwin Paperbacks, [1988]. Two issues, priority as indicated.
    1. Trade issue. ISBN 0-04-440151-5, £6.95, trade paperback with pictorial wrappers. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain by Unwin Paperbacks, an imprint of Unwin Hyman Limited, 1988. "The Secret Books of Paradys I" at head of title. Pagination: [i-viii] 1-229 [230-232]. Cover illustration by Peter Goodfellow. Cover lettering by Tony Spaul.
    2. Limited edition. ISBN 0-04-440151-5. 250 copies signed by the author on a numbered limitation label attached to the front free endpaper. Paper-covered boards. Issued without dustwrapper in a paper slipcase with a copy of the limited issue of The Book Of The Beast as The Secret Books Of Paradys. Price: [£45.00] for the set. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain by Unwin Paperbacks, an imprint of Unwin Hyman Limited, 1988. Copyright Tanith Lee, 1988. Pagination: [i-viii] 1-229 [230-232]. Book designer Uncredited.
  2. London Sydney Wellington: Unwin Paperbacks, [1989]. ISBN 0-04-440322-2, £2.95, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain by Unwin Paperbacks, an imprint of Unwin Hyman Limited, 1988. This edition 1989. Copyright Tanith Lee 1988.Pagination: [i-viii] 1-229 [230-232]. Cover illustration by Peter Goodfellow. Cover lettering by Tony Spaul.
  3. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, [1990]. ISBN 0-87951-408-6, $19.95, hardcover. Copyright page: First published in 1990 by The Overlook Press. Copyright 1990 by Tanith Lee. First published in the UK by Unwin Hyman Ltd. Pagination: [1-8] 1-229 [230]. Dustjacket illustration by Wayne Barlowe.
  4. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, [1997]. ISBN 0-87951-697-6, $13.95, trade paperback. Copyright page: First paperback published in 1997 by The Overlook Press. Copyright 1990 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [1-8] 1-229 [232]. Cover illustration by Wayne Barlowe.

    Italian Translations:

  1. Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, May 1991. ISBN: 88-04-34854-2, Lit. 24.000, trade paperback. Pagination: [1-6] 7-271 [272-276]. As "Gli Imperi Azzurri", translated by Maria Grazia Griffini. Cover illustration by Stephen Hickman.
  2. Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, December 1992. Lit. 6.000, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-287 [288]. As "Gli Imperi Azzurri", translated by Anna Maria [Grazia] Griffini. Cover illustration by Tim Hildebrandt.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, July 1992. ISBN: 4-04-791198-4, ¥2,500, pictorial dustjacket over pictorial cloth covered boards. Pagination: [i-ii] [1-6] 7-374 [375-376]. As "Paradeisu No Hi Roku Ochi Taru Mono No Kaki", translated by Sayako Asaba. Dustjacekt illustration and cloth cover illustration by Aubrey Beardsley.
  2. Tokyo: Kadokawa Horror Bunko, October 1994. ISBN: 4-04-266702-3, ¥720, paperback. Pagination: [1-5] 6-411 [412-416]. As "Paradeisu No Hi Roku Ochi Taru Mono No Kaki", translated by Sayako Asaba. Cover illustration, frontispiece, and internal illustration by Mari Kotani.
  3. Tokyo: Tokyo Sogensha, January 2015. ISBN: 4-488-58504-4, ¥1000, paperback. Pagination: [1-10] 11-401 [402-414]. As "Paradeisu No Hi Roku Ochi Taru Mono No Kaki", translated by Sayako Asaba. Cover illustration by Mao.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. [New York]: Open Road Media, February 2016:
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Barnes and Noble for the Nook.

The Book Of The Dead

Short story collection.
The third volume of The Secret Books Of Paradys.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Paradys 3 & 4.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Paradys: The Complete Paradys Cycle.
Contents: The Weasel Bride; The Nightmare's Tale; Beautiful Lady; Morcara's Room; The Marble Web; Lost In The World; The Glass Dagger; The Moon Is A Mask.
Note: each story in this book is preceded by a brief, untitled piece of linking material of up to two pages in length.
Nominated as no. 7 in the Best Collection category in the 1992 Locus Poll.

"Paradys too has its cemeteries...."; The search for dark secrets deepens in Book III of the Paradys tetralogy, a powerful collection of short stories peopled with the tortured souls that lie buried here as in a fragile prison.
A handsome youth shocks his family by marrying a white weasel. On their bridal bed a beautiful maiden emerges from the weasel’s discarded pelt, but it's not just her previous form that holds the bride captive. For her to be released she must be loved, but her beloved must die at her hands as he bestows the kiss that releases her.
Two childhood lovers wed. Their union seems to be blessed. Little does Roland know that Marie-Mai's pure body is host to the pointed fangs of Evil. Finding this on their wedding night, he kills her and chooses to take the truth to the gallows with him-not for him the responsibility of unmasking the naked face of the Devil.
Children and weak things wither after coming in contact with Julie d'Is. What ancient curse was bestowed upon this infant poisoner in the womb of her foolish mother? Only her death will reveal the truth, for no one can approach her in life.
With her finely crafted and masterful prose, Tanith Lee brings to life these agonized souls and twisted half-creatures, wreaking havoc in their twilight world, where death is only the beginning. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, [1991]. Paper-covered boards with cloth shelf back, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-87951-440-X. Price: $19.95. Copyright page: First published in 1991 by The Overlook Press.Copyright 1991 by Tanith Lee. The Secret Books Of Paradys III at head of title. Pagination: [i-vii, 1-2] 3-215 [216-220]. Dustjacket illustration by Wayne Barlowe.
  2. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, [1991] [i.e., 1997]. ISBN 0-87951-798-0, $13.95, trade paperback. Copyright page: First published in 1991 by The Overlook Press. Copyright 1991 by Tanith Lee | 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The Secret Books Of Paradys III at head of title. Pagination: [i-vii, 1-2] 3-215 [216]. Cover illustration by Wayne Barlowe.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Tokyo Sogensha. August 2014 ISBN: 4-488-58506-8, ¥960, pictorial dustjacket wrapper. Pagination: [1-9] 10-325 [326-336]. As "Shiseru Mono No Sho", translated by Ichida Izumi. Cover illustration by Nao Awamura.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. [New York]: Open Road Media, February 2016:
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The Book Of The Mad

Novel. 70,000 words.
The fourth volume of The Secret Books Of Paradys.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Paradys 3 & 4.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Paradys: The Complete Paradys Cycle.

In her darkly dazzling finish to The Secret Books of Paradys, Tanith Lee tempts the reader with a tale of horror, lust and madness that leaves no perversity untouched, no taboo unbroken.
This time, the seductive nightmare unfolds in three parallel versions of the City-Paradis, Paradys and Paradise. Connected by a labyrinth of ice whose dangers are amplified by the will and emotion of its lunatic travelers, these cities and their mad and near-mad denizens provide the stage for a drama of mythical proportions that none of the players can fully comprehend. Among the mad and the doomed are the murderous, remorseless siblings Felion and Smara; the violated woman-child Hilde; and Leocadia, the artist and visionary. Combining horror and hedonism, art and eroticism, Lee offers an aesthete's amoral view of beauty, pleasure and pain in her inimitable high style.
This fourth book in the Paradys series is linked brilliantly to the previous three - The Book of the Damned, The Book of the Beast, and The Book of the Dead - not by plot but by its shared venue: the fantastic, Gothic, atmospheric and changeable city of Paradys. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, [1993]. Paper-covered boards with cloth shelf back, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-87951-481-7. Price: $19.95. Copyright page: First published in 1993 by The Overlook Press. Copyright 1993 Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-ii, 1-8] 9-209 [210-214]. Dustjacket illustration by Wayne Barlowe.
  2. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, [1993] [i.e., 1997]. ISBN 0-87951-799-9, $13.95, trade paperback. Copyright page: First published in 1993 [i.e. 1997] by The Overlook Press. Copyright 1993 Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-ii, 1-8] 9-209 [210-214]. Cover illustration by Wayne Barlowe.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Tokyo Sogensha. 2014 ISBN: 4-488-58507-6, ¥980, pictorial dustjacket wrapper. Pagination: [1-12] 13-302 [303-304]. As "Kyoueru Monomo Sho", translated by Ichida Izumi. Cover illustration by Yumeshoma Sui.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. [New York]: Open Road Media, February 2016:
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
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Cast A Bright Shadow

Novel. 81,000 words.
The first volume of The Lionwolf Trilogy.


LIONWOLF. Son to both god and mortal, his destiny must be death or power everlasting. The setting is a world of eternal winter, where once thrived hot climates and exquisite luxury. Saphay, neglected daughter of a sub-king in the civilized west, is sent off to marry a leader of the barbaric Jafn ... not realizing that her own father has arranged for her to be betrayed and abducted on this perilous journey. Escaping her pursuers, then dragged into the depths of an arctic sea, Saphay is miraculously discovered by her Jafn betrothed. She is still alive, though entombed in an ice pyramid, and their marriage proceeds as intended. However, when it becomes evident that Saphay is not only carrying a child already but is also the focus of a sorcerous and preternatural force, dark suspicions are aroused about the infant's true origin ... Driven out into the icy wilderness to face certain death, Saphay somehow manages to reach unwelcoming shelter. There her son can grow up safely in exile, while displaying all the astounding skills of a future hero .. and a future god. Populated by the strange and magnificent beasts and exotic landscapes, this spellbinding and disturbing epic adventure is the first in a long-awaited trilogy from one of the foremost writers of our time. (back cover copy)
  1. [London], Basingstoke and Oxford: Tor, 2004. Trade paperback. ISBN 1 4050 0634 X. Price: £10.99. Copyright page: First published 2004 by Tor, an imprint of Pan Macmillan Ltd. Copyright Tanith Lee 2004 | 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2. Pagination: [i-xii, 1-2] 3-430 [431-436]. Cover illustration by Dominic Harman.
  2. [London], Basingstoke and Oxford: Tor, 2005. ISBN 0-330-41309-0, £6.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: First published 2004 by Tor. This edition published 2005 by Tor, an imprint of Pan Macmillan. Copyright Tanith Lee 2004 | 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2. Pagination: [i-xii, 1-2] 3-509 [510-516]. Cover illustration by Dominic Harman.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, August 2013.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Availbale via Amazon UK for the Kindle.
  2. [New York]: Open Road Media, February 2016:
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Barnes and Noble for the Nook.

The Castle Of Dark

Young adult novel. 55,000 words.
Collected in Dark Castle, White Horse.

Lir knew that something was calling him. Not a voice, and yet a voice. Almost as unheard yet as insistent as a pulse-beat. He had dreams, too, and they were no more reassuring than the villagers'; assurances in that remote and unexpected place. Was there a castle beyond? Or just a ruin? Who, or what, was it that called? If he turned back now, he would never know. Shouldering his harp, Lir set his face towards the dark castle.
In the Castle of Dark, Lilune awoke, wondering what her calling would bring. The old hags who attended her had no idea she knew the spell. She walked sedately with them, under a moonshade, by the borders of the glassy lake, wishing that something would happen. She had no idea of the world outside.
She was to learn, in danger and dread, when Lir answered the calling and freed her from the dark. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: M[acmillan, 1978]. Paper covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0 333 24792 2. Price: £3.95. Copyright page: First published 1978 by | MACMILLAN LONDON LIMITED. Pagination: [1-6] 7-180 [181-184]. Dustjacket art by Bridie Page. Note: the price of this edition was subsequently raised to £4.95. Copies were issued with the original price clipped from the flap of the dustwrapper, and with a sticker affixed which reads "Macmillan £4.95."
  2. London Boston Sydney: Unwin Paperbacks, [1984]. ISBN 0 04 823249 1, £2.95, trade paperback. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain by Macmillan London Limited 1978. First published by Unwin Paperbacks 1984. Pagination: [1-10] 7-180. Cover illustration by Steve Weston.
  3. [London]: Hodder Children's Books, [2001]. ISBN 0-340-84373-X, £4.99, trade paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1978 Tanith Lee. First published in Great Britain in 1978 by Macmillan London Limited. This edition published in 2001 by Hodder Children's Books as part of the Hodder Silver Series | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Cover illustration by Haydn Cornner.

    German Translations"

  1. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1988. ISBN: 3-453-03129-6, DM 6.80, mass-market paperback. As "Yami No Shiro", translated by Irene Holicki. Pagination: [1-4] 5-187 [188-192]. Cover illustration by Dieter Rottermund.

    Japanese Translations"

  1. Tokyo: Hayakawa Bunko, June 1983. ISBN: 4-15-020053-X, ¥320, paperback. As "Yami No Shiro", translated by Tomoko Kodama. Pagination: [1-8] 9-260 [261-264]. Cover illustration by Yoshitaka Amamo.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, June 2014.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
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The Claidi Journals

Omnibus.
Contents: Wolf Tower; Wolf Star; Wolf Queen.

Raised a servant in a great House at the heart of a miles wide Garden, sixteen-year old Claidi has little to call her own, until, in a small act of rebellion, she steals a journal. Writing in its pages, she finds solace, confiding the petty cruelties of her spoiled mistress and the countless empty rules and rituals of the House. She can't imagine another existence—until a hot air balloon comes out of the sky carrying a golden haired stranger.
To the House, Nemian represents the hellish Waste beyond the Garden, an enemy invader to be locked away and killed. But to Claidi he offers precious hope of a life beyond the House walls. After she is told of her royal parentage, she risks all to free the charming prisoner and accompany him across the Waste toward his faraway home. It is a marvelous, bewildering and dangerous journey, full of strange peoples and monsters and weird machines, at the side of a man she could come to love.
That is, until they reach his city and the Wolf Tower where he was born. For there, Claidi will discover that, in her yearning for love and freedom, she has been lured into a web of conspiracy and lies. At the mercy of these alien surroundings, she finds the only thing she can trust is the love of a bandit king. And her adventures have just begun… (dustwrapper copy)
  1. N.P.: SFBC, [2002]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. First combined edition. Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club. ISBN 0-7394-2735-0. Price: [$14.99]. Copyright page: First Science Fiction Book Club printing June 2002. Pagination: [i-x, 1-6] 7-461 [462-468]. Jacket art by Mark Zug.
  2. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 2003. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-5254-7205-3. Price: $18.99. Published as: The Claidi Collection Books I-III. At side of title: The Claidi Journals. Copyright page: Wilf Tower copyright 1998 by Tanith Lee. Wolf Star copyright 2000 by Tanith Lee. Wolf Queen Copyright 2001 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-x] [1-2] 3-223 [224-228]; [i-viii] [1-2] 3-232; [i-viii] [1-2] 3-216 (each book has its own half title and pagination). Jacket art by Victor Lee.

Cold Grey Stones

Sort Story Collection.
Contents: Clockatrice, Malicious Springs, The Greyve, The Heart Of Ice, Calinnen, En Forêt Noire, Fr'eulogy, The God Orkrem, In The Country Of The Blind, My Heart: A Stone, and Killing Her.

A unique collection of eleven stories from Britain's foremost Mistress of the Fantastic; all are previously uncollected, two have never appeared in print before and five are original to this collection. (Dustjacket back cover copy)
  1. Cold Grey Stones. [Weston, Cambridge, England]: NewCon Press, 2012. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper, ISBN: 1-907069-33-8, £19.00. Copyright page: First edition, published in the UK January 2012 by NewCon Press. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. This collection copyright 2012 by Ian Whates. All stories copyright by Tanith Lee. ISBN 978-1-907069-33-8 (hardback). Pagination: [1-8] 9-172 [173-176]. Dustjacket illustration by John Kaiine. Dustjacket design by Andy Bigwood. Note: This is the first issue in the Imaginings Series from NewCon Press. Printed in a limited signed edition of 125 copies only, otherwise available as an ebook. Preceded by an introduction by Ian Whates on p. 9-10 and a brief biographical sketch of the author on p. 172.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. Cold Grey Stones. [Weston, Cambridge, England]: NewCon Press, 2012.
    Available for the Kindle via Amazon US.
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Colder Greyer Stones

Sort Story Collection.
Contents: Cold Grey Stones Revisited: An introduction by Ian Whates, Clockatrice, Malicious Springs, The Greyve, The Heart Of Ice, Calinnen, En Forêt Noire, Fr'eulogy, The God Orkrem, In The Country Of The Blind, My Heart: A Stone, Killing Her, and The Frost Watcher.

In 2012 NewCon Press launched out Imaginings series with Cold Grey Stones by Tanith Lee: eleven wonderful and rich-textured stories, all previously uncollected, five of which appeared for the first time anywhere and all of which deserved to be treasured. Available only as a signed limited edition hardback, Cold Grey Stones sold out in a matter of weeks.
In 2013, to commemorate Tanith Lee being honoured with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at this year's World Fantasy Convention, we are delighted to release a paperback edition of the book for the first time, now expanded to include a brand new novelette, "The Frost Watcher", inspired by John Kaiine's evocative cover art.
This is a stunning collection of stories, providing further evidence, should any be needed, of why Tanith Lee is held in such high regard by fans and contemporaries alike. (Back cover copy)
  1. Colder Greyer Stones. [England]: NewCon Press, 2013. Trade paperback. ISBN: 1-907069-60-4, £9.99. or $16.00. Copyright page: First edition, published in the UK November 2013 by NewCon Press. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. This collection copyright 2013 by Ian Whates. All stories copyright by Tanith Lee. ISBN 978-1-907069-60-4 (paperback). Pagination: [1-6] 7-207 [208-210]. Cover illustration by John Kaiine. Cover design by Andy Bigwood. Preceded by an introduction by Ian Whates on p. 7-8 and a brief biographical sketch of the author on p. 207.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. Colder Greyer Stones. [England]: NewCon Press, 2013.
    Available for the Kindle via Amazon US.
    Available for the Kindle via Amazon UK.

Companions On The Road

Novella. 31,000 words.
Collected in Companions On The Road And The Winter Players: Two Novellas.
Shortlisted in the Best Collection/Anthology category for the 1980 Coveted Balrog Award.

The siege was over. The citadel of Avillis had burned, burned through the night, with its terrible Lord and his monstrous children in it. Nothing remained now but broken walls, charred stumps where trees had, grown, tattered lattices open to the sky. But at the heart of the palace the great Cup of Avillis stood untouched: pure gold, crusted with jewels each worth an emperor's ransom. Small wonder that Kachil, common thief, should covet it. Or Feluce, dapper arrogant climber; riches would mean much to him. But why did Havor of Taon, the hawk, join them to carry the cursed Cup away? For it was Havor who found that the Chalice once stolen could not be lightly cast aside, even in horror and despair. While always, inexorably, half-seen, slipping through shadows, shapes in the mind's eye, three phantom riders followed after it across the winter-blasted plain.
This chilling tale of flight and inescapable pursuit rises to a confrontation of ghostly powers. Havor thought his story could have only one ending, but the spirit world can summon Forces of Light as well as Dark. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: M[acmillan, 1975]. Paper covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0 333 17991 9. Price: £2.50. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain 1975 by | MACMILLAN LONDON LTD. Pagination: [i-ii, 1-6] 7-122 [123-126]. Dustjacket art by Juliet Stanwell Smith.
  2. [London: Macmillan, 1976]. ISBN 0-333-17991-9, £2.95, hardcover. Cloth covered boards with pictorial dustjacket. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain 1975. Reprinted 1976. Published by Macmillan London LTD. Pagination: [i-ii, 1-6] 7-122 [123-126]. Jacket design by Juliet Stanwell Smith.
  3. [London]: Beaver Books, [1988]. ISBN 0 09 957120 X, £1.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Beaver Book. First publsihed by Macmillan 1975. Beaver edition 1988. Pagination: [1-6] 7-122. Cover illustration by Melvyn Grant.

    German Translations:

  1. Heyne Science Fiction Jahresband 1980. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1980. As "Weggefärten", translated by Birgit Ress Bohusch. Pages: 173-258. NOTE: spine title reads "8 Romane Und Erzählungen". Cover illustration by Tim White.

    Hungarian Translations:

  1. [Budapest]: Unikornis Kiadó, 1991. Trade paperback. ISBN: 963-7519-20-3. Pagination: [1-4] 4-113 [114-120]. As "A Kehely Titka", translated by Zsolt Kornya. Cover illustrator uncredited.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, November 2014.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

Companions On The Road And The Winter Players: Two Novellas

Omnibus.
Contents: Companions On The Road; The Winter Players.

COMPANIONS ON THE ROAD and THE WINTER PLAYERS are two thrilling tales of adventure and quest by that rising star of fantasy literature, Tanith Lee.
COMPANIONS ON THE ROAD is a chilling story of flight and inexorable pursuit, which culminates in an inevitable confrontation between Light and Darkness.
The siege was over. The citadel of Avillis had burned through the night with its terrible Lord and his monstrous children in it. Nothing remained now but broken walls, charred stumps where trees had grown, tattered lattices open to the sky. But at the heart of the palace the great Cup of Avillis stood untouched: pure gold, crusted with jewels each worth an emperor's ransom. There was small wonder that Kachil, the common thief should covet it. Or Feluce, the dapper, arrogant rogue, for riches would mean much to him. But why did Havor of Taon, the hawk, join them to carry the cursed cup away? For it was Havor who found that the Chalice once stolen could not be lightly cast aside, even in horror and despair. For all the while, half-unseen, mere apparitions in his mind's eye, the three phantom riders followed after him across the desolate plain.
But what is Havor's fate? What will be the outcome of the unavoidable clash of ghostly powers? Havor thought his story could have only one ending, but can the spirit world summon Forces of Light as well as Dark?
Oaive, the young priestess of the fisherpeople, finds herself thrust into a desperate journey to recover an ancient and magical relic stolen from her shrine in THE WINTER PLAYERS.
She distrusted him at once. She knew his words were lies. 'Call me Grey,' he said, but that was not his name, Fear gripped her like a hand.
No one but the priestess could look upon the relics: the Ring, the Jewel and the Bone. It was for the Bone that this grey stranger had come. He was a thief, but she realized with a sinking heart that he was armed with as much magic as herself, and maybe more.
The relics were secret, sacred. The people would never know that the Bone was gone. But Oaive knew that she must follow Grey, find and destroy him, even though it meant leaving her people with no one to say the Ritual, no one to read the Book of Lore. Beyond the mist, they called the shrine the House of the Bone; if the Bone was not there, the Ritual was meaningless. She could not know that there were three players in the game, and that the most dangerous was the last. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. New York: St. Martin's Press, [1977]. Paper-covered boards. First combined edition. Issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-312-15312-0. Price: $8.95. No statement of printing on copyright page. Pagination: [1-6] 7-222 [223-224]. Dustjacket illustration by Juliet Stanwell Smith.
  2. Toronto New York London: Bantam Books, [1979]. ISBN 0 553 12697 0, $1.95, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Bantam Book / Published by arrangement with St. Martin's Press, Inc. Martin's Press edition published November 1977. Bantam edition / July 1979. Pagination: [i-vi] [1-2] 3-183 [184]. Note: published as Companions On The Road & The Winter Players: Two Novellas. Cover artist uncredited.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Hayakawa Bunko, August 1982. ISBN: None given, ¥340, paperback. Pagination: [1-8] 9-276 [277-280]. As "Fuyumonogo" and "Avirisu No Nakama", translated by Murozumi Nobuko (Fuyumonogo) and Morishita Yumiko (Avirisu No Nakama). Commentary by Morishita Yumiko. Cover illustration by Sakuguchi Hisashi. Please note: in this Japanese translation the order of the novellas is The Winters Players followed by Companions On The Road.

Cruel Pink

Novel. 31,600 words.
One of the Colouring Books.

Emenie lives alone. Her vocation is that of a serial killer. She can read the omens and always knows exactly who is her legitmate prey. In a ruined and collapsing world, perhaps her method is the best one.
Rod, though, has a dreary life, working in an unrewarding job. Without friends, but unencumbered by relations, there is something uneasy hanging over him. Is it the wardrobe?
How unlike Klova, young, beautiful and living on benign hanfouts, in a sort of science fantasy existence of sprints and liquid-silver ... until her meets the challenging Coal.
And then there is the other one ... or are there two?
They also begin to assert their influence - but where do they fit? Past historical, presents parallel and everyday - future imperfect.
Here, at the outskits of this city they call London, what the hell is going on? (back cover copy)
  1. Stafford [Eng.]: Immanion press, 2013. Trade paperback, ISBN 1-907737-49-7. Price: £11.99 and $20.99. Copyright page: Cure; Pink by Tanith Lee, copyright 2013. Cover by John Kaaine. Layout by Storm Constantine. Pagination: [1-7] 8-229 [230]. Cover illustion by John Kaiine. Layout by Storm Constinatine.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, July 2014.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

Cyrion

Short story collection.
Contents: Prologue: The Honey Garden; Cyrion In Wax; 1st Interlogue; A Hero At The Gates; 2nd Interlogue; One Night Of The Year; 3rd Interlogue; Cyrion In Bronze; 4th Interlogue; The Murderous Dove; 5th Interlogue; Perfidious Amber; 6th Interlogue; A Lynx With Lions; 7th Interlogue; Second Prologue: The Olive Tree; Cyrion In Stone; Epilogue.

He came to the Honey Garden looking for Cyrion. He was a man in grave danger, convinced only one man alive could help him. A man he had heard about in song and story. A man practically everyone knew something about. A man he had never met.
CYRION
Some said he was the stolen son of a western king, raised by nomads in the desert. A freelance swordsman, a sorcerer, a master of disguise, some said he attracted bizarre, uncanny events as some persons attract misfortune.
He with hair like the sky of earnest sunrise, his fair complexion, his whiplash reactions and quicksilver elegance was like a being from another world. A legend. A myth.
But was he real?
And was he for hire? (back cover copy)
  1. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1982]. Mass-market paperback. Publisher's number: 499 (UE1765). ISBN 0 87997 765 5. Price: $2.95. Copyright page: Copyright, 1982, by Tanith Lee. First Printing, September 1982 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-6] 7-304. Cover illustration by Ken W. Kelly. Frontispiece map by Tanith Lee.
  2. New York: DAW Books, Inc. Published by The New American Library of Canada Limited, [1982]. Publisher's number: 499 (UE1765). ISBN 0 87997 765 5, $3.50 (Canadian), mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright, 1982, by Tanith Lee. First Printing, September 1982 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. [Note: this is, actually, the 2nd printing, as published by DAW Canada, in 1982]. Pagination: [1-6] 7-304. Cover illustration by Ken W. Kelly. Frontispiece map by Tanith Lee.

    Dutch Translations:

  1. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, October 1989. ISBN: 90-290-4069-6, trade paperback. Pagination: [1-6] 7-267 [268]. As "Cyrion", translated by Jan Willem Bos, Jaime Martijn, Annemarie van Ewyck, Pon Ruiter, or Vincent van der Linden. Cover illustration by Paul Lehr. NOTE: Although it purports to be the translation of Cyrion, it is actually a collection of short stories. The only stories from Cyrion as it was originally published are: Een Held Aan De Poort (A Hero At The Gates), Een Duif Als Moodeenaar (The Murderous Dove), De Ring Vaarwel (Perfidious Amber), Een Nacht Per Jaar (One Night Of The Year), and Cyrion In Was (Cyrion In Wax). The non-Cyrion stories included are: De Goden Ontvloden (Odds Against The Gods), De Witte Vrouw (The Demoness), Winterwit (Winter White), Slapende Tijger (Sleeping Tiger), Het Loon Van De Fluiter (Paid Piper), Rood Als Bloed (Red As Blood), Doorns (Thorns), Wolvenland (Wolfland), La Reine Blanche (La Reine Blanche), and Het Bestand (The Truce).

    French Translations:

  1. Paris: Éditions J'ai Lu, May 1984. ISBN: 2-277-21649-6, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-350 [351-352]. As "Cyrion", translated by Gérard Lebec. Cover illustration by Tim White.
  2. Paris: Éditions J'ai Lu, June 1996. ISBN: 2-277-21649-6, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-350 [351-352]. As "Cyrion", translated by Gérard Lebec. Cover illustration by Tim White.
  3. Paris: Éditions J'ai Lu, 1999. ISBN: 2-277-21649-6, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-350 [351-352]. As "Cyrion", translated by Gérard Lebec.

    German Translations:

  1. Bergisch Gladbach [Germany]: Bastei Lübbe, [1984]. ISBN: 3-404-20060-8, mass-market paperback, 8.80 DM. Pagination: [1-6] 7-379 [380-384]. As "Cyrion: Schwert Und Magie", translated by Eva Eppers. Cover illustration by Greg Hildebrandt.

    Italian Translations:

  1. Rome: Fanucci Editore, June 1993. ISBN: 88-347-0385-5, Lit. 18.000, trade paperback. Pagination: [1-6] 7- 303 [304]. As "Cyrion", translated by Paola Gimigliano. Cover illustration by Michael Whelan [erroneously given as Chris Achilleos]. Frontispiece map by Tanith Lee.

Dancing Through The Fire: A Collection Of Stories In Five Moves

Short story collection.
Contents: Prologue: Dancing Through The Fire; Move One: Life and Death: Death Dances, The Death Of Death, That Glisters Is, My Lovely; Move Two: The Power of Will: The Flame, Fold, Last Dancer; Move Three: Chancing It: In The City Of Dead Night, Sold, The World Well Lost; Move Four: Love Stories?: Lora, Medra, Unnalash, Comfort And Despair; Move Five: Inner Truth: Burn Her, The Sequence Of Swords And Hearts; Epilogue: Riddle.
Nominated for a Locus Award 2016.

Life, death, love, and truth: major themes that frequently appear in Grandmaster Tanith Lee;s fiction, are all represented in Dancing Through the Fire, one of the last collections she put together before her untimely death. The stories in this book have never before been collected and four of them have never before been published. These tales will transport you from mythical lands to mystical worlds, corporeal manifestations of myth, and mythical interpretations of life, into realms you've never visited, and some cases, could never have imagined visiting.(back cover copy)
  1. Brooklyn, New York: Fantastic Books, 2015. Two simultaneous issues:
    1. Cloth-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 1-62755-545-3. Price: $24.99. Copyright page: Collection copyright 2015 by tanith Lee. In-house editor, Ian Randal Strock. Simultaneous hardcover/trader paperback publication. First edition. Pagination: [1-7] 8-[223] [224-228]. Dustcover illustration by Tanith Lee. Dustcover design by Ian Strock.
    2. Trade paperback. ISBN 1-62755-646-x. Price: $14.99. Copyright page: Copyright 1979 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [1-9] 10-453 [454-456]. Copyright page: Collection copyright 2015 by tanith Lee. In-house editor, Ian Randal Strock. Simultaneous hardcover/trader paperback publication. First edition. Pagination: [1-7] 8-[223] [224-228]. Cover illustration by Tanith Lee. Cover design by Ian Strock.

Dark Castle, White Horse

Omnibus.
Contents: The Castle Of Dark; Prince On A White Horse.

IN DARKNESS SHE WAKES -
a beautiful young woman, forever imprisoned in the Castle of Dark. Guarded and bespelled by two old hags, can she master the secret magic to summon the champion who will set her free?
INTO DARKNESS HE RIDES -
a handsome prince in an unknown realm. Who has conjured him here, and for what desperate deeds? Hailed as the Looked-for-Deliverer, with a changeling horse for companion, only he can challenge all magic's perils - from the Dragon of Brass to the Mad Witch of the kingdom-destroying horror, the evil, enigmatic Nulgrave! (back cover copy)
  1. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1986]. Mass-market paperback. First combined edition. Publisher's number: 665 (UE2113). ISBN 0 88677 113 7. Price: $3.50. Copyright page: First DAW Printing, March 1986 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-10] 11-302 [303-304]. Cover art by Ken W. Kelly.

Dark Dance

Novel. 110,000 words.
The first volume in the Blood Opera Sequence.
Nominated as no. 6 in the Best Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel category in the 1993 Locus Poll.

Rachaela Day leads a grey, uneventful life in the London suburbs. She works in a bookshop for a pittance which barely pays the bills. But all that begins to change from the day she receives a mysterious letter from the Scarabae family. All she knows about them is that Adamus Scarabae deserted her mother before Rachaela's birth. Recalling her mother's warnings, she wants nothing to do with them, and finds their persistence ever more intrusive. What do they want?
But on losing both her ill-paid job and her flat Rachaela finally agrees to their offer and goes to live with them in The House - a mysterious cliff-top mansion miles from anywhere.
The apparently ageless Scarabae are both intriguing and insidiously frightening. Gathered from all over the world, they spend their leisurely days hiding behind sinister stained-glass windows that transform the sun into rich pools of colour. Through this rambling mansion stalks an enormous cat, and everywhere Rachaela senses silently closing doors and watching eyes.
Then, on a night of storm, there appears the tall, dark man of Rachaela's smothered dreams and nightmares. He is young - the first young man she has seen in The House - although he claims to be older. What is he to her? A bond to chain her to the Scarabae, or the ultimate demon she must escape? Can Rachaela - and the daughter she will come to bear - ever contrive to fight against the overwhelming influence of The House? (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: Macdonald, [1992]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-356-20253-4. Price: £13.99. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain in 1992 | by Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-409 [410]. Dustjacket illustration by Adrian Chesterman.
  2. [New York]: Dell, [1992]. ISBN 0-440-21274-X, $4.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1992 by Tanith Lee. Reprinted by arrangement with Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. December 1992 | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [1-12] 1-409 [410]. Cover photograph uncredited.
  3. [London]: Macdonald, [1992?]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-356-20253-4. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain in 1992 | by Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-409 [410]. Dustjacket illustration by Adrian Chesterman. NOTE: This is a book club edition of this novel which is not supposed to exist; aside from the dustjacket and the paper it is identical to the London, Macmillan first edition released also in 1992.
  4. [London]: Warner Books, [1993]. ISBN 0-7515-0086-0, £4.99, mass-market paperback. Note: this paperback was published with two different covers.
    1. One uses the same artwork as the Macdonald hardcover edition. Copyright page: A Warner Book. First published in Great Britain in 1992 by Macdonald & Co. This edition published by Warner Books in 1993. Copyright 1992 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-409 [410]. Cover illustration by Adrian Chesterman.
    2. The other uses a photograph similar to the covers on the Warner paperback editions of Personal Darkness and Darkness, I. Copyright page: A Warner Book. First published in Great Britain in 1992 by Macdonald & Co. This edition published by Warner Books in 1993. Copyright 1992 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-409 [410]. Cover photograph uncredited.
  5. [New York]: Dell, [1992 i.e. 1993]. ISBN: 0-440-21274-X, pictorial dustjacket over paper covered boards, [$8.98]. Issued by the Science Fiction Bookclub. Copyright page: Copyright 1992 by Tanith Lee. Reprinted by arrangement with Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-409 [410]. Dustjacket photo uncredited.

    Czech Translations:

  1. Plzen [Czech Republic], Laser-books, 1999. ISBN: 80-7193-0555-5, pictorial dustwrapper over picorial boards, 235 Czech Koruny. As "Temný Tanec", translated by Jana Bezdícková. Pagination: [1-5] 6-294 [295-296]. Dustjacket illustration by Juraj Maxon.

    Dutch Translations:

  1. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, November 1992. ISBN: 90-290-4086-8, trade paperback. As "De Dans Van De Scarabae", translated by Maarten Meeuwes. Pagination [1-6] 7-316 [317-320]. Cover illustration by Nico Keulers.

    Finnish Translations:

  1. Porvoo, Helsinki, and Juva [Finland]: WSOY, 1993. ISBN: 951-0-18937-5, paper covered boards with pictorial dustjacket. As "Pimeyden Tytär" translated by Sari Kallioinen and Anita Puumalainen. Pagination: [1-6] 7-388 [389-392]. Dustjacket illustration by Jukka Murtosaari.

    French Translations:

  1. Paris: Presses De La Cité, February 1993. ISBN: 2258036305, 120 Francs, trade paperback. Pagination: [1-8] 9-355 [356-360]. As "La Danse Des Ombres", translated by Thierry Arson. Cover illustration by Pierre-Olivier Templier.
  2. Paris: Presses De La Cité Pocket, March 1994. ISBN: 2266061291, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 9-355 [356]. As "La Danse Des Ombres", translated by Thierry Arson. Cover illustration by Pierre-Olivier Templier.
  3. Paris: Presses De La Cité Pocket, 1999. ISBN: 2266061291, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 9-355 [356]. As "La Danse Des Ombres", translated by Thierry Arson. Cover illustration by Pierre-Olivier Templier.
  4. Montepellier: Éditions de l'Oxymore, 2005. ISBN: 2-913939-53-8. Pagination: 384. As "La Dance Des Ombres", translated by Thierry Arson.
    1. Regular edition. ISBN: 2-913939-53-8, €23.00, trade paperback. Cover illustration by Dorian Marchecourt. NOTE: This edition also includes a limited issue of 300 copies with the same cover illustration by Dorian Marchecourt.
    2. Limited "Fission" issue. ISBN: 2-913939-52-X, €39.00, trade paperback. 100 copies signed by Tanith Lee and John Kaiine. Cover illustration by John Kaiine.

    German Translations:

  1. Bergisch-Gladbach [Germany]: Bastei-Lübbe, 1993. ISBN: 3-404-13498-2, DM 9.90, mass-market paperback. As "Unstillbares Verlangen", translated by Adelheid Hartmann. Pagination: [1-6] 7-378 [379-384]. Cover illustration by Mark Harrison.
  2. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 2011. ISBN 3-453-53401-8, €8.99, mass-market paperback. As "Schwarzer Tanz", translated by Adelheid Hartmann. Pagination: [1-6] 7-479 [480]. Cover illustration and design uncredited.

    Italian Translations:

  1. Rome: Fanucci Editore, March 1994. ISBN: 88-347-0425-8, Lit. 20.000, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-6] 7-319 [320]. As "Danza Macabra", translated by Paola Gimigliano. Cover illustration by Marco Sani.

    Polish Translations:

  1. Warszawa: Amber, 1995. ISBN: 83-7082-833-7, Zl. 9.80, trade paperback. Pagination: [1-6] 7-325 [326-328]. As "Mroczny Taniec", translated by Magdalena Niemczuk and Cezary Fraç. Cover illustration by Mark Harrison.

    Electronic Publications - German:

  1. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 2011. As "Schwarzer Tanz", translated by Adelheid Hartmann.
    Available for the Kindle via Amazon US.

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