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Dreams Of Dark And Light: The Great Short Fiction Of Tanith Lee

Short story collection.
Nominated for the 1987 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection/Anothology.
Nominated as no. 14 in the Best Collection category in the 1987 Locus Poll.

Contents: Foreword, by Rosemary Hawley Jarman; Because Our Skins Are Finer; Bite-Me-Not Or, Fleur De Fur; Black As Ink; Bright Burning Tiger; Cyrion In Wax; A Day In The Skin (Or, The Century We Were Out Of Them); The Dry Season; Elle Est Trois, (La Mort); Foreign Skins; The Gorgon; La Reine Blanche; A Lynx With Lions; Magritte's Secret Agent; Medra; Nunc Dimittis; Odds Against The Gods; A Room With A Vie; Sirriamnis; Southern Lights; Tamastara; When The Clock Strikes; Wolfland; Written In Water.

Publication of The Birthgrave in 1975 heralded a new and brilliant luminary in the firmament of modem fantasy. Ostensibly a sword-and-sorcery epic in the tradition of Robert E. Howard, this novel about a youthful heroine with incipient psychic powers astounded readers with its striking originality and intense emotional impact. Tanith Lee today is one of the most versatile and respected writers of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, and DREAMS OF DARK AND LIGHT represents a massive midcareer retrospective of her achievements over the previous decade.
Here are unforgettable tales of werewolves that prowl chateaux, an Earthwoman in exile on a distant planet, demons that inhabit bodies of the living dead, a race of vampiric creatures who prey upon a cursed castle, and many other works of exotic vision, mythic science fiction, and contemporary horror. Also included are two stories that have received the World Fantasy Award, "Elle est Trois, (La Mort)" and "The Gorgon," making DREAMS OF DARK AND LIGHT a distinguished one volume library of myth-weaving at its most eloquent and evocative.
Although acclaimed as the "Princess Royal of Heroic Fantasy," Tanith Lee has long since transcended genre conventions to create a body of work of remarkable psychological depth and artistic distinction. In her imaginative sympathy with characters, human or otherwise, Lee remains unexcelled in the portrayal of deeply felt emotions. Her stories explore many of the most significant themes in twentieth-century literature - life and death, coming of age, the nature of good and evil, love in all its manifestations. And she remains, above all, one of the great natural storytellers working in the English language ... Tanith Lee truly has become the Scheherazade of our time. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [Sauk City, Wisconsin]: Arkham House, [1986]. Cloth-covered boards, issued with a pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0 87054 153 6. Price: $21.95. Copyright page: First Edition. Pagination: [i-v] vi-ix [x, 1-3] 4-507 [508-510]. Dustjacket art by Max Ernst. Illustrated by Douglas Smith.

Drinking Sapphire Wine

Novel. 60,000 words.
The second volume in the Four-BEE series.
Collected in Drinking Sapphire Wine (Incorporating Don't Bite The Sun).

Four-BEE was an utopian city. If you didn't mind being taken care of all your long long life, having a wild time as a "jang" teenagers able to do anything you wanted from killing yourself innumerable times, changing bodies, changing sex, and raising perpetual hell, it could be heaven.
But for one inhabitant there was always something askew. He/she had tried everything and yet the taste always soured. And then he/she succeeded in committing the one illegal act-and was thrown out of heaven forever.
But forever is not a term any native of that robotic utopia understood. And so he/she challenged the rules, declared independence, and set out to prove that a human was still smarter than the cleverest and most protective robot.
You don't need to have read Tanith Lee's DON'T BITE THE SUN, which set the original scene, to find this new one of the same high merit that distinguished this author's THE BIRTHGRAVE. (back cover copy)
  1. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1977]. Mass-market paperback. Publisher's number: 226 (UY1277). ISBN 0 87997 277 7. Price: $1.25. Copyright page: Copyright, 1977, by Tanith Lee. First Printing, January 1977 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-8] 9-175 [176]. Cover illustration and frontispiece by Don Maitz.
  2. New York: DAW Books, Inc. Published by The New American Library of Canada Limited, [1977]. Publisher's number: 226 (UY1277). ISBN 0 87997 277 7, $1.25 (Canadian), mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright, 1977, by Tanith Lee. First Printing, January 1977 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. [Note: this is, actually, the 2nd printing as published by DAW Canada in 1977]. Pagination: [1-8] 9-175 [176]. Cover illustration and frontispiece by Don Maitz.
  3. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1980]. ISBN 0 87997 565 2, $1.75, mass-market paperback.

    French Translations:

  1. Paris: Librairie des Champs-Élysées, 1980. ISBN 2-7024-1089-8, mass-market paperback. As "Le Vin Saphir", translated by Maxime Barrière. Pagination: [1-6] 7-251 [252-254]. Cover illustration by Jean-Claude Hadi.
  2. Paris: Presses Pocket, June 1991. ISBN 2-266-03581-9, mass-market paperback. Pagination [1-6] 7-216 [217-224]. As "Le Vin Saphir", translated by Maxime Barrière. Cover illustration and frontispiece by Wojtek Siudmak. Cover illustration and frontispiece by Wojtek Siudmak.

    German Translations:

  1. Munich: Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, 1978. ISBN: 3-442-23296-1, DM 5.80, mass-market paperback. As "Trinkt Den Saphir-Wein", translated by Tony Westermayr. Pagination: [1-6] 7-187 [188-192]. Cover illustration and design by A. and A. Bachmann. NOTE: Cover title and spine title read "Trinkt Den Saphirwein".

    Italian Translations:

  1. Bologna: Libra Editrice, February 1978. Pictorial dustwrapper over paper covered boards, Lit. 2.000. Pagination: [1-4] 5-184 [186-200]. As "Vino Di Zaffiro", translated by Roberta Rambelli. Dustjacket illustration by Allison. Pages 5-9 contain an introduction by Ugo Malaguti.

    Swedish Translations:

  1. Bromma [i.e. Stockholm]: Delta Förlags AB, 1981. ISBN: 91-7228-253-3, cloth covered board with pictorial dust jacket. Pagination: [1-4] 5-182 [183-184]. As "Safirvin", translated by Ingela Bergdahl. Cover illustration uncredited.

Drinking Sapphire Wine (Incorporating Don't Bite The Sun)

Omnibus.
Collects both novels in the Four-BEE series.
Contents: Don't Bite The Sun; Drinking Sapphire Wine.

It's jang to be wild and sexy and reckless.
It's jang to change your body, or your gender.
It's jang to do daredevil tricks and even get killed a few times … you could always come alive again.
And it's jang to try to sabotage your robot-run world.
But when the madcap chase for pleasure begins to drag and you start looking for a real life to live, you find the robots have left nothing worthwhile for you to do.
Searching for a way out of this pointless existence you make a lot of painful and stupid mistakes. But you fight your way free and you start a new life - in exile.
... and find you have to cope with sightseers and hangers-on, all uninvited and now exiled with you - and finally come face to face with the greatest and most deadly threat of all ...(back cover copy)
  1. [Feltham, Middlesex]: Hamlyn Paperbacks, [1979]. Mass-market paperback. First combined edition. Publisher's number: 33001. ISBN 0 600 33001 X. Price: £1.25. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain 1979. Pagination: [1-8] 9-300 [301-304]. Cover art by Peter Goodfellow.
  2. New York Toronto London Sydney Auckland: Bantam Books, [1999]. ISBN 0-553-58130-9, $5.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Bantam Spectra Book / October 1999. Copyright 1976, 1977 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [1-11] 4-370 [371-376]. Note: published as Biting The Sun. Cover illustration by Kinuko Y. Craft.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Sanpen Books, February 2004. ISBN: 4-916199-58-8, ¥1280, paperback. As "Baiteingu Za San", translated by Sanae Tamaki. Pagination: [1-13] 14-553 [554-556]. Cover illustration by Shou Shi Su Masayuki Design. Note: published as Biting The Sun.

East Of Midnight

Young adult novel. 55,000 words.

The last thing he remembered was the darkness in the hollow below the stone, and the dogs belting overhead, cheated of their quarry - Dekteon, sometimes called Red, the rebellious runaway slave. Why was he lying now, here, in this wood of burning red leaves, with a cold red sunrise in the sky? What sky? And when the cart came so suddenly out of the wood there was something strange about it, too. The horse that drew it had the feet of a bear, and the man who drove it had phosphorescent eyes, or so it seemed to Dekteon. Yet it appeared he was expected. 'Come,' the man called. 'Come, hurry and get in.' Dekteon was afraid. Where would the cart take him? 'You have no other place to go to,' the pale man said. And that was true enough. 'I've nothing to lose,' said Dekteon, and the words seemed ominous. Yet how could he know what worlds there might be to lose - or win? (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: M[acmillan, 1977]. Paper covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0 333 23069 8. Price: £3.50. Copyright page: First published 1977 by | MACMILLAN LONDON LIMITED. Pagination: [1-6] 7-175 [176]. Dustjacket illustration by Bridie Page.
  2. New York: St Martin's Press, 1977 [i.e. 1978]. ISBN 0-312-22494-X, $7.95, pictorial dustjacket over papercovered boards. Copyright page: First published in the U.S.A. by St. Martin's Press in 1978. Copyright 1977 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [1-6] 7-175 [176]. Dustjacket illustration by Bridie Page.
  3. London: Puffin Books, 1979 [i.e. 1980]. ISBN 0 14 031136 X, £0.80, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: First published by Macmillan London Limited, 1977. Published in Puffin Books 1979 [i.e. 1980]. Copyright Tanith Lee, 1977. Pagination: [1-4] 5-158 [159-160]. Cover illustration by Bridie Page.
  4. New York: Tempo Books, [1985]. ISBN 0-441-18191-0, $2.25, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Tempo Book / published by arrangement with St. Martin's Press. St. Martin's Press edition / 1978. Tempo edition /March 1985. Pagination: [1-6] 6-175 [176]. Cover illustration by Victoria Poyser. Frontispiece signed Cuess 1984.
  5. [London]: Beaver Books, [1988]. ISBN 0 09 957130 7, £1.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Beaver Book. First published by Macmillan 1977. Beaver edition 1988. Reprinted 1988. Copyright Tanith Lee 1977. Pagination: [1-6] 7-175 [176]. Cover illustration by Melvyn Grant.
  6. [London]: Hodder Children's Books, [2001]. ISBN 0-340-84372-1, £4.99, trade paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1977 Tanith Lee. First published in Great Britain in 1977 by Macmillan London Limited. This edition published in 2001 by Hodder Children's Books as part of Hodder Silver Series | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-vi 1-2] 3-199 [200-202]. Cover illustration by Hayden Cornner.

    Estonian translations:

  1. Rapla [Estonia]: Graafiline Produktsioon, 1993. Trade paperback. Paginaiton: [1-4] 5-123 [124-128]. As "Itta, Vastu Keskööle", translated by Kaidi Kurm. NOTE: this translation was taken from the German edition printed under the title: "Östlich Von Mitternacht". Cover illustration, interior illustrations, and book design by Jaan Männik.

    German Translations:

  1. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1984. ISBN: 3-453-31079-9, DM 5.80, mass-market paperback. As "Östlich Von Mitternacht", translated by Lore Strassl. Pagination: [1-4] 5-206 [207]. Cover illustration by Michael Bönme. Interior illustrations by Ursula Olga Rinne.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Hayakawa Bunko, August 1982. ISBN: 4-15-020042-4, ¥360, paperback. As "Gatsu To Taiyou No Madoushi", translated by Natsuko Migiwa. Pagination: [1-10] 11-240 [241-248]. Cover illustration by Hisashi Sakuguchi.

    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 US for the Kindle.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

Écrit Avec Du Sang: 10 contes du vampire

French language short story collection edited and annotated by Léa Silhol.
Contents: "Les Vampires Sont Français" [Vampires Are French]; "Rouge Comme Le Sang" [Red As Blood, translated by Estelle Valls de Gomis]; "Il Bacio (Il Chiave), Le Baiser (La Clef)" [Il Bacio (Il Chiave) - The Kiss (The Key), translated by Estelle Valls de Gomis]; "L'Amant Vampire" [The Vampire Lover, translated by Sandrine Jehanno]; "Ne-Me-Mords-Pas Ou Fleur de Feu" [Bite-Me-Not Or, Fleur De Fur, translated by Estelle Valls de Gomis]; "Fleurs Hivernales" [Winter Flowers, translated by Sandrine Jehanno]; "Miroir, Miroir"; [Mirror, Mirror, translated by Sandrine Jehanno]; "Nunc Dimittis" [Nunc Dimittis, translated by Estelle Valls de Gomis]; "La Vampiresse" [La Vampiresse, translated by Estelle Valls de Gomis]; "La Merveilleuse Machine Qui Mord" [The Beautiful Biting Machine, translated by Sandrine Jehanno]; "Le Troisième Cavalier" [The Third Horseman, translated by Benoît Piret]; "Histoires de Sang, Histoires d'Encre ..." by Léa Silhol; "Les Vampires de Tanith Lee: Une Bibliographie en Mouvement ..." by Léa Silhol; Vampires Are French.

Celui qui croit avoir tout lu sur les vampires ne connaît pas Tanith Lee. Il ne sait rien des demeures embuées d'ombres où se frôlent les mains des seigneurs et des familiers. Il n'a pas entendu le chant de deuil de Feroluce, lance vers ses frères aux ailes noires, et ne sait pas le nom du prince qui viendra réveiller Blanche Neige.
Il n'a jamais effleuré l'épaule de la Machine qui Mord sur les planets lointaines, ni erré dans les neiges étoilées de fleurs cruelles. Ni, peut-être, partagé un verre avec une actrice déchue, ou déchiffré à ce jour les secrets que savant les miroirs.
Il lui reste encore, en somme, à tout découvrir des Ténèbres.
Il peut à present le faire en tenant la main de la créatice de la terrible famille Scarabae et des inoubliables Seigneurs de la Terre Plate ... En suivant l'écrivaine au style le plus somptueux de sa generation, nouvelliste d'exception, couronnée maîtresse ès Fantasy par les plus grands.
Le temps de dix texts rares, introuvables, se dévoilent ici les vampires de Tanith Lee, ou les vampires tout court ... guides indispensable d'une éternelle nuit. (back cover copy)
  1. Montpellier, France: Editions de l'Oxymore, [2002]. Trade paperback. No statement of printing on copyright page. Pagination: [1-6] 7-281 [282-288]. Two issues, no priority.
    1. Signed issue. 100 copies marked "Fission" with a label signed by the author attached to page [287]. ISBN 2-913939-17-1. Price: €36,50. Cover art by Sébastien Bermès.
    2. Numbered issue. 2000 numbered copies. ISBN 2-913939-16-3. Price: €21,00. Cover art by Ruby.*

Electric Forest

Novel. 65,000 words.

The world called Indigo turned upside down for Magdala Cled one unexpected morning. From being that world's only genetic misfit, the shunned outcast of an otherwise ideal society, she became the focus of attention for mighty forces.
Once they had installed her in the midst of the Electric Forest, with its weird trees and its super-luxurious private home, Magdala awoke to the potentials which were opening up all about her. And to realize also the peril that now seemed poised above Indigo ... which only she, the hated one, could possibly circumvent.
An extraordinary incursion into hard-core science fiction by the same brilliant and colorful talent that produced THE BIRTHGRAVE and DEATH'S MASTER.
A selection of the Science Fiction Book Club. (back cover copy)
  1. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1979]. Mass-market paperback. Publisher's number: 349 (UE1482). ISBN 0 87997 482 6. Price: $1.75. Copyright page: First Printing, August 1979 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-6] 7-159 [160]. Cover art and frontispiece by Don Maitz.
  2. Garden City, New York: Nelson Doubleday Inc., [1979]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. Copyright pages: Copyright 1979 by Tanith Lee. Published by arrangement with DAW Books, Inc. First hardcover edition. Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club. Price: [$1.98]. Date code J06 on page 149. Pagination: [i-x] [1-3] 4-150. Dustjacket art by Jack Woolhiser.
  3. London: Hamlyn Paperbacks, [1983]. ISBN 0 600 20248 8, £1.25, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain 1983 by Hamlyn Paperbacks. Copyright 1979 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [1-6] 7-159 [160]. Note: Although the title on the cover of this edition is The Electric Forest, the title page contains the correct Electric Forest. Cover illustration uncredited, but German edition cover is credited to Tim White.

    French Translations:

  1. Paris: Éditions Albin Michel, May 1981. ISBN 2-226-01198-6, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-8] 9-210 [211-224]. As "La Forêt Électrique", translated by Bernard Weiner. Cover illustration by Don Maitz.

    German Translations:

  1. Bergisch-Gladbach [Germany]: Bastei-Lübbe, 1986. ISBN: 3-404-24081-2, DM 7.80, mass-market paperback. As "Im Elektrischen Wald", translated by Dr. Edda Petri. Pagination: [1-4] 5-206 [207-208]. Cover illustration by Tim White.

    Italian Translations:

  1. Bologna: Libra Editrice, January 1982. Pictorial dustwrapper over paper covered boards, Lit. 14.000. Pagination: [1-6] 7-207 [208-216]. As "Foresta Elettrica", translated by Gloria Tartari. Dustjacket illustration by Allison. Pages 7-14 contain an introduction by Ugo Malaguti.

    Swedish Translations:

  1. Bromma [i.e. Stockholm]: Delta Förlags AB, 1982. ISBN: 91-7228-287-8, laminated paper over boards. Pagination: [1-6] 7-151 [152]. As "Den Elektriska Skogen", translated by Ingela Bergdahl. Cover illustration by Hans Arnold.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, May 2013.
    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.

Elephantasm

Novel. 120,000 words.

Annie Ember lives in hopeless poverty with her sister Rose and her wicked brother-in-law ... until the day that Annie discovers the mysterious, exotic shop where she buys, for one penny, a tiny and ancient ivory elephant. Soon afterwards a grisly murder leaves Annie without home or family, but employment is found for her in a country house far away.
Sir Hampton Smolte made his fortune out in India, and has brought back not only his wealth but also an obsessive hatred towards that conquered land where he once commanded a mercenary army. His mansion is fanciful and extraordinary, all scarlet and gold, like a fairy-tale raja's palace set down in green English parkland.
There Annie is to become a drudge - a scullery maid in this house full of stuffed animals, eccentric servants, and the even more peculiar Smolte family. But soon she catches the eye of the handsome Rupert who, like his father, retains a fascination with India. Entranced, she succumbs to his attentions - till one night she learns in disgust and terror just what his lovemaking entails ...
Annie's fear and helpless fury provide the catalyst which will turn this dream-house into a place of panic and the impossible - letting in all the power of the jungle, and unlocking the darkest secrets of Hampton Smolte's beginnings. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: Headline, [1993]. Two bindings. Priority not established, but probably simultaneous.
    1. Hardcover. ISBN 0-7472-0758-5, £15.99, paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. Copyright page: Copyright 1993 Tanith Lee. First published in 1993 by Headline Book Publishing PLC | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-vi, 1-2] 3-310 311-314. Dustjacket illustration by Mark Salwowski.
    2. Trade paperback. ISBN 0-7472-7897-0, £8.99, pictorial wrappers. Copyright 1993 Tanith Lee. First published in 1993 by Headline Book Publishing PLC | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-vi, 1-2] 3-310 311-314. Cover illustration by Mark Salwowski.
  2. [London]: Headline Feature, [1993]. ISBN 0-7472-4106-6, £4.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1993 Tanith Lee. First published in 1993 by Headline Book Publishing PLC. First published in paperback in 1993 by Headline Book Publishing PLC. A Headline Feature paperback | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-vi 1-2] 3-310 [311-314]. Cover illustration by Mark Salwowski.
  3. [New York]: Dell, [1996]. ISBN 0-440-21810-1, $5.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1993 by Tanith Lee. Printed by arrangement with Headline Book Publishing PLC. February 1996 | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-viii 1-3] 4-341 [342-344]. Cover illustration uncredited.

Eva Fairdeath

Novel. 90,000 words.
Note: This book contains an "Author's Foreword," dated 1993, in which Tanith Lee relates the history of this novel. It was originally written in 1973.

The white-haired girl from the marsh settlement was running for her life down the derelict highway.
Uncountable years before, things with spinning wheels and ice-green eyes had roared and smoked up and down this road. Now it was wide open and empty of everything except the girl. Eva - Belmort's daughter - the one who had grown up slight and pale out of the dark, dun, heavy men and women who toiled their hearts out by Foulmarsh.
Today, tomorrow, always ...
In a future world polluted to the point of anarchy and dissolution, the trees are dead, the sky is yellow, and no birds sing. Everything and everyone is tinged with madness. For Eva, in such a debased society, there seems no role but that of some man's object and possession ...
But then, one day, arrives the stranger with the gun - the man with blue eyes and hair as white as her own. Roaming the tortured landscape with his wagon, Steel is a seller of death ... but for Eva he provides hope of escape from Foulmarsh and her degradation.
Urged on by a power of love and hate impossible to fathom, Eva's travels take her to distant towns and villages full of danger and surprises - and arouse in her strong passions and dark emotions she cannot harness ...
Filled with unforgettable characters and disturbing premonitions, Eva Fairdeath is a powerful fantasy enshrouding a reality that may not be ignored. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: Headline, [1994]. Two bindings. Priority not established, but probably simultaneous.
    1. Hardcover. ISBN 0-7472-0983-9, £16.99, paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. Copyright page: Copyright 1994 Tanith Lee. First published in 1994 by Headline Book Publishing | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-iv] v-vii [1-4] 5-215 [216]. Dustjacket illustration by Mark Salwowski.
    2. Trade paperback. ISBN 0-7472-7862-8, £8.99, pictorial wrappers. Copyright page: Copyright 1994 Tanith Lee. First published in 1994 by Headline Book Publishing | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-iv] v-vii [1-4] 5-215 [216]. Cover illustration by Mark Salwowski.
  2. [London]: Headline Feature, [1994]. ISBN 0-7472-4383-2, £4.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1994 Tanith Lee. First published in 1994 by Headline Book Publishing. First published in paperback in 1994 by Headline Book Publishing. A Headline Feature paperback | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-iv] 5-305 [306-310]. Cover illustration by Mark Salwowski.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, May 2013.
    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.

Faces Under Water

Novel. 70,000 words.
Book I of The Secret Books Of Venus.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Venus 1 & 2.
Nominated as no. 8 in the Best Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel category in the 1999 Locus Poll.

From the world-renowned fantasy author of The Secret Books of Paradys comes a chilling new fantasy series of alchemy and horror. In this new series, Tanith Lee weaves intricate plots around the elements of water, fire, earth, and air. The first in this new series, Faces Under Water immerses readers in the timeless beauty of Venice and the secret terror that lies beneath.
In the hedonistic atmosphere of an eighteenth-century Venice Carnival, gaiety turns deadly when Furian Furiano happens upon a mask of Apollo floating in the murky waters of the canals. The mask hides a sinister art, and Furian finds himself trapped in a bizarre tangle of love, obsession, and evil, stumbling upon a macabre society of murderers. The beautiful but elusive Eurydiche holds the key to these murders and leads him further into a labyrinth of black magic and ancient alchemy. For all readers who fell in love with Lee's Paradys series and for all those enchanted and terrified by the fantastical, Faces Under Water will be sure to thrill. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. Woodstock & New York: The Overlook Press, [1998]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-87951-835-9. Price: $23.95. Copyright page: First published in the United States in 1998 by The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers Inc. Copyright 1998 Tanith Lee. First Edition | 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Pagination: [1-12] 13-233 [234-240]. Dustjacket design by Yellowstone Ltd. Dustjacket illustration by J.K. Potter.
  2. Woodstock & New York: The Overlook Press, [2002]. ISBN 1-58567-245-9, $14.95, trade paperback. Copyright page: First paperback edition published in the United States in 2002 by The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc. Woodstock & New York. Copyright 1998 Tanith Lee. Pagination: [1-12] 13-233 [234-240]. Cover design by Yellowstone Ltd. Cover illustration by J.K. Potter.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Sangyo Henshu Publishing, March 2007. ISBN: 4-916199-97-3, trade paperback, ¥1,300. Pagination: [1-4] 5-301 [302-304]. Translated as "Suitei No Kamen", by Eiko Kakinuma. Cover illustration by Tanno Shinobu.

Fatal Women

Short story collection.
Tanith Lee writing as Esther Garber.
Contents: Rherlotte; Virgile, The Widow; The Umbrella; The Woman Under The Umbrella (Juliette Shapiro writing as Yolande Sorores); Green Iris; Rain (with Juliette Shapiro writing as Yolande Sorores); Le Jardin.

In the Paris of 1900, Phèdre is an assasin. She assists female acquaintances suffering from specific male abuse - by 'removing' the abuser. Phèdre is sexually predatory but emotionally cool. Until she meets Rherlotte de Gillan in the cemetery of St. Luc. Rherlotte's red-haired beauty and enigmatic, dignified sweetness soak relentlessly through Phèdre'a shell, like honey. And soon the two women are joined in a dangerous game that is both courtship and duel.
Elsewhere, in the late 1800s, the provincial town of Bois-la-Diane begins to be haunted by the dark, phantasmal creature - Virgile, the professional widow.
Laure, bored with rural life, her childhood girlfriend and the disappointing 'ladies club' that holds its scandalous sessions in an old chateau, is instantly hynotised by Virgile. Virgile's fee is always death, and not only Laure's, but that of another.
Each of the eponymous heroines who people Fatal Women has her own secret - one poisonous and potentially lethal, one bittersweet, and one that concerns perhaps the most priceless painting on earth. (back cover copy)
  1. East Sussex [England]: Egerton House Publishing, 2004. Trade paperback. ISBN 0-95462275-5-5. Price: £12.99. Copyright page: This edition first published 2004. Pagination: [1-17] 20-396 [397-398]. Cover illustration by John Kaiine.


Fatal Women: The Esther Garber Novellas

Short story collection.
Tanith Lee writing as Esther Garber.
NOTE: This revised editon omits the stories The Woman Under The Umbrella (Juliette Shapiro writing as Yolande Sorores) and Rain (with Juliette Shapiro writing as Yolande Sorores).
Contents: Rherlotte; Virgile, The Widow; The Umbrella; Green Iris; Femme Fatale and Le Jardin; Afterword by Mavis Haut.

World Fantasy Award winner Tanith Lee channels the allusive Esther Garber to tell these dark, erotic tales of lesbian ardor and obsession. The "fatal women" found within these pages lead exotic lives and adventures and have grim secrets. From fin de siècle Paris to Egypt of the 1930s and contemporary England, the Garber novellas create feverish dreams of danger, scandal, and sensuality.
THis new edition includes the new novella "Femme Fatale," never before in print, as well as an essay by Mavis Haut, author of The Hidden Library of Tanith Lee, about the eminence of this collection within Lee's body of work. (back cover copy)
  1. Maple Shade, N.J.: Lethe Press, 2013. Trade paperback. ISBN 1-59021-310-0. Price: $22.50. Copyright page: First edition published in 2004 by Egerton House. This revised edition published in 2012 by Lethe Press, Inc. Pagination: [i-vi] vii-xi [xii]1-317 [318]. Cover illustration by David Gilmore. Cover and interior design by Alex Jeffers.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. Fatal Women: The Esther Garber Novellas.. Maple Shade, N.J.: Lethe Press, 2013.
    Available for the Kindle via Amazon US.
    Available for the Kindle via Amazon UK.
    Available for the Nook Color via Barnes and Noble.

Forests Of The Night

Short story collection.
Contents: Bloodmantle; The Gorgon; The Tree: A Winter's Tale; I Was Guillotined Here; Crying In The Rain; Elle Est Trois, (La Mort); Nicholas; The Hunting Of Death: The Unicorn; A Madonna Of The Machine; Red As Blood; The Rakshasa; Bite-Me-Not Or, Fleur De Fur; By Crystal Light Beneath One Star; La Reine Blanche; Sweet Grapes; The Tenebris Malgraph; Black As A Rose; Rachel; Down Below; White As Sin, Now.
Note: each story in this collection is preceded by a brief introductory note by the author.

"The forests of the mind are benighted, dark and dazzling places. Things wander there that shine, and burn, and bite."
This superb collection of twenty short stories is drawn from the wide range of a writer hailed as "the Scheherazade of our time." Tanith Lee's powerful and disturbing fictions explore the forests of the imagination and the creatures that dwell there: the wolves and vampires: tigers and unicorns: dwarves, demons and enchanters.
Set in locations as exotic and diverse as India, the Greek islands, Paris, London, the future and the Flat Earth, these stories present us with a rich feast which, even as it delights and entertains us will cunningly reveal the old, dark bones of humankind.
The stories for the collection have been selected by the author, and illustrate the remarkable scope, versatility and artistry of her work. Forests of the Night includes award-winning tales like "The Gorgon" and "Elle est trois la Mort," eight new, unpublished stories, and the highly-acclaimed "Crying in the Rain," inspired by the Tchernobyl disaster.
Each story is prefaced with a short introduction by the author which offers fascinating and tantalising glimpses into a writer's world. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. London Sydney Wellington: Unwin Hyman, [1989]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0 04 440402 6. Price: £12.95. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain by | The Trade Division of Unwin Hyman Limited, 1989. Pagination: [i-iv] 1-299 [300]. Dustjacket art by Max Schindler.
  2. London Sydney Wellington: Unwin Paperbacks, [1990]. ISBN 0 04 440613 4, £3.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain by the Trade Division of Unwin Hyman Limited, 1989. First published in Paperback by Unwin Paperbacks, an imprint of Unwin Hyman Ltd., in 1990. Pagination: [i-iv] 1-299 [300]. Cover illustration by Max Schindler.

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