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|Shon The Taken|
Young adult novel. 45,000 words.
|Shon knew that the Taken must die. Death
had touched them, and the evil spirits which issued from Death's Place to the east beyond
the valley Took away the souls of the living. It was the law of Shon's people, who seldom
ventured far from their simple huthouses in Pine Walk, except to hunt boar in the forest.
And even the forest was not completely safe, for across the river at its eastern edge lay
Crow Mork, Death's Place, and in the stories Crow himself, who was Death, rode there with
Crow's People, Death's children, on strange four-legged beasts shod with white metal and
swift as the wind.
Lost in the dark forest, Shon encountered Death's Children. 'Don't go home,' the dead girl told him - he was almost sure it was a girl, though her face was a black void in the night. But there was nowhere else to go. They would kill him, of course; being Taken, they would have to.
Yet Shon escaped that death - though he was to meet Death in Death's Place, and learn the extraordinary truth about it. (dustwrapper copy)
|The Silver Metal Lover|
Novel. 85,000 words.
The first volume in the The S.I.L.V.E.R. Series.
Note: a condensation of Chapters 1 through 3 appeared in Science Fiction Digest, Vol 1 No 2, January/February 1982.
|Mother, I am in love with a robot.
No. She isn't going to like that.
Mother, I am in love.
Are you, darling?
Oh, yes, Mother, yes I am. His hair is auburn, and his eyes are very large. Like amber. And his skin is silver.
Mother. I'm in love.
With whom, dear?
His name is Silver.
Yes. It stands for Silver Ionized Locomotive Verisimulated Electronic Robot.
Silence. Silence. Silence.
It is a world of the future, where beauty is available to all, given the sophistication of technology and medicine. Yet Jane is - well, surely pleasant-enough-looking, with her soft brown hair and slightly plump body. Years back, when Jane was tiny, her beautiful, wealthy mother had her analyzed for perfect body type, and now cosmetic medications keep her true to form. And she questions little. After all, her mother has so much authority, so many opinions, that there's nothing for Jane to say.
And Jane's lovers are largely in her mind - men from films she's seen, from books she's read. The thought of confronting a flesh-and-blood lover makes Jane grow cold. What would she say to him? What would he think of plain Jane?
Until she meets Silver, a singer and guitarist. And a robot - with all the adoration and compassion that in-the-flesh lovers lack.
But, unlike human lovers, Silver is for sale, and Jane - desperate for his love - risks estrangement from her mother and friends to possess him. With Silver as her partner, she tastes the first happiness and independence she has ever known. She even grows pretty, as she stops taking the pills and treatments her mother had ordered for her.
Yet - what would you do if the manufacturer decided to recall the particular model of lover you'd bought?
A startling romance of the future by the author of Sometimes, After Sunset and Electric Forest. (dustwrapper copy)
|Sometimes, After Sunset|
Contents: Sabella, Or, The Bloodstone; Kill The Dead.
|Here are two mesmerizing novels by one
of SF's fastest rising stars:
SABELLA, or THE BLOOD STONE. Love was a luxury she could not afford. The huntress does not love.her prey, after all, and Sabella Quey's need to hunt was overpowering.
It had been so ever since the day she had wandered into the ruins on Novo Mars and found the strange gem. The thirst for blood had grown in her just as desire grows in most young women. And back then, inexperienced, reckless, she had sated her lust with any of the boys who whistled after her - boys who were unaware that death awaited them in her arms.
As she matured, Sabella became cautious; she did not kill the men who pursued her, but rather allowed them to use her body to satisfy their needs - all the while satisfying her own. The gem, pale at first, would become deep red as her hunger abated, but the men didn't notice the change. They would faint, ecstatic, and afterward never remember the true nature of Sabella's passion.
Yet there were people who understood what Sabella was- people who feared and despised her. And of those, one in particular had found a way to vent her hatred....
KILL THE DEAD. A hush came over the inn's common room when Parl Dro entered. A few in the crowd who recognized him spread the word: he was the Ghost-Killer.
Conversation resumed as Dro ordered a meal, and he listened quietly to their nervous sallies.
'How do you sleep nights?' someone asked, not really expecting an answer. 'He sleeps all right,' came the reply. 'There'll be plenty with cause to thank him.' 'And plenty who curse him,' another man said.
The room was growing quiet again; they wanted to know, yet dared not ask too directly.
'Well, you've had a wasted journey to this place, Parl Dro,' someone ventured at last. 'We haven't any deadalive here.'
He had been expecting such a comment, and readying himself to say the words none of them wanted to hear.
'Oh, but you're wrong,' he told them quietly. And almost against their will, they believed him. (dustwrapper copy)
|Sounds And Furies: Seven Faces Of Darkness|
Short Story Collection.
Contents: Where All Things Perish, Midday People, Cold Fire, Crying In The Rain, We All Fall Down, The Beautiful And The Damned By F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Isle Is Full Of Noises.
|Sounds and Furies collects seven singular, gorgeous tales of lingering atmospheric horror from the masterful pen of Tanith Lee. These seven faces of darkness cast a wide shadow and burrow deep within ... (inside dustwrapper copy)|
|Space Is Just A Starry Night|
Short Story Collection.
Contents: The Beautiful Biting Machine, Moon Wolf, Felixity, The Thaw, You Are My Sunshine, With A Flaming Sword, Black Fire, Written In Water, Tonight I Can Sleep Quietly, Stalking The Leopard, Dead Yellow, By The Crystal Light Beneath One Star, A Day In The Skin (Or, The Century We Were Out Of Them), and Within The Ghost.
|The tales in Space Is Just A Starry Night range across the genres, as elegant as the field of stars spanning a clear dark sky. A lone survivor of plague receives a mysterious visitor; a prison planet tortures political prisoners by methodically manipulating their memories; a young woman uncovers the ghastly truth about the cryogenically preserved ancestor who's been thawed; a ship's officer struggles with his suspicions about a shy drab woman taking passage aboard a ship of sun-worshippers - Tanith Lee explores these and other scenarios in her ever intense sensual prose. (back cover copy)|
|The Storm Lord|
Novel. 140,000 words.
The first volume in The Novels Of Vis series.
Collected in The Wars Of Vis.
|"To my mind Tanith Lee has
virtually proved herself an equal with Le Guin, Brackett, Norton, C.L. Moore, and
others ..." - Tangent
"If there is any justice in the world, Tanith Lee's novel should win the August Derleth Award for 1975 ... I cannot expect to recommend any other book more highly." - British Fantasy Society Bulletin
The above are two of the many excited reviews of Tanith Lee's first DAW book, THE BIRTHGRAVE. Now DAW is again privileged to present another grand fantasy saga, full-bodied and brilliantly portrayed, worthy once again of the above quotes.
THE STORM LORD is a big novel of an unknown planet and of the conflict of empires and peoples on that world. It is the story of a priestess raped and slain, of a baby born of a king and hidden among strangers, and of how that child, grown to manhood, sought his true heritage.
It is a novel of alien gods and lost goddesses, of warriors and wanderers, and of vengeance long delayed.
It is an epic in every sense of the word. (back cover copy)
|Sung In Shadow|
Novel. 145,000 words.
Nominated as no. 23 in the Best Fantasy Novel category in the 1984 Locus Poll.
|In a parallel world, in a Renaissance
Italy just a little bit different from that we know, a dashing young man named Romulan met
a lovely young lady named Iuletta. But between their romance stood the hatred of their
feuding families - and a witchcraft that really worked.
Tanith Lee has created a fabulous new tapestry from the threads of one of our own world's greatest dramas -and woven into it all the color, magic, and excitement that has gained her the title of "Princess Royal of Heroic Fantasy."
SUNG IN SHADOW is a brilliantly colorful novel of swordplay and intrigue, of spells and fiery emotions, in a world where the Devil himself would have the last word. (back cover copy)
|Tales From The Flat Earth: Night's Daughter|
Collects the fourth and fifth volumes in the Tales From The Flat Earth series.
Contents: Delirium's Mistress; Night's Sorceries.
|Born of a Demon Lord's whim, she must
find her destiny in the world above.
Two vividly imagined volumes in one:
Delirium's Mistress. Azhriaz, Daughter of Night, was the child of Night's Master, and he had hidden her where none could find her None, that is, but his enemy Chuz, who spirited Azhriaz away to the world above.
But Azhrarn would not easily accept losing that which he considered his, and even such determined lovers as Delusion's Master and Delirium's Mistress could not long hide from the Demon Lord's wrath.
Night's Sorceries. While Chuz and Azhriaz dwelt together in the world of men, their magic worked strange spells on all with whom the lovers and their pursuer came in contact. Time itself was turned back, wizards found their most powerful spells recast, and a mere mortal dared to reach as high as the moon and the sun. (dustwrapper copy)
|Tales From The Flat Earth: The Lords Of Darkness|
Collects the first three volumes in the Tales From The Flat Earth series.
Nominated for a 1987 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.
|In the time before the Earth was
round, the Demon Lords of Darkness sowed magic and misery, beauty and terror across the
This 3-in-1 volume includes:
Night's Master. He was Azhrarn, the Demon Lord of Night, and in his Underearth palace he reigned amid his own most glorious creations. Yet always he returned to the surface world to wreak his spells, destroying human love with scarce a thought - until a new force tried to gain control above. And Azhrarn, who had preyed upon mortals for so long, now had to fight to preserve them.
Death's Master. When Uhlume, Lord of Death, made a bargain with an earthly queen, he opened the way to a future challenge to his own rule over all things mortal. For Azhrarn, Night's Master, had also been taking a hand in human affairs, and when the magic of two Demon Lords crossed, not even a Lord of Darkness could predict the final consequences!
Delusion's Master. He was Chuz, Lord of Madness, and he alone would defy Azhrarn's might. If Azhrarn chose to make a woman into a god, Chuz would play a game of his own design with Demon and mortal alike; a game that would result in life, death, and an ages-long conflict between Demon Lords. (dustwrapper copy)
|Tamastara, Or, The Indian Nights|
Short story collection.
Nominated as no. 3 in the Best Collection/Anthology category in the 1985 Locus Poll.
|All the magic and mystery of fabled
India is woven into these marvel tales of seven strange nights. For that vast land which
many have conquered and none have subdued is the home of ten thousand gods and a hundred
thousand demons - and the teeming races that dwell on its shrouded plains and marbled
cities have kept their mystic secrets.
Only the vivid imagination of Tanith Lee, who has been rightly called "Princess Royal of Heroic Fantasy," could penetrate the nighted veils of India's lore. In Tamastara she does so to delight the mind and season with scented curry the imagination of the West.
Here are hidden gods and demonic possession, here are were-beasts and subterranean terrors, here are beings transformed and souls reborn, here is Terror and Wonder. Winner of the World Fantasy Award and the August Derleth Award, Tanith Lee is at her best in this new book. (back cover copy)
|Tempting The Gods: The Selected Stories Of Tanith Lee Volume One|
Short story collection.
Contents: Introduction "Profile: Tanith Lee", by Donald Wollheim; Tiger I; Death Loves Me; Anna Medea; Ondralume; After I Killed Her; God And The Pig; The Kingdoms Of The Air; Eustace; These Beasts; Cain; The Lady-Of-Shalott House; Where Does The Town Go At Night?.
Followed by Hunting The Shadows: The Selected Stories Of Tanith Lee Volume Two
|Tempting the Gods. A dozen tales from the queen of fantasy. (back cover copy)|
Novelette. 12,300 words.
Tanith Lee writing as Esther Garber.
|After her mother breaks her neck, falling down a
marble staircase, Esther goes to Paris. Amoral, (perhaps justifiably) paranoid, Esther is a survivor, but
on her first night in a city made of river and rain, she is seduced by the elusive and phantasmal Julie
d'Ouest. Though previously often raped and manhandled, never before has the jaundiced Esther known
sexual pleasure. What can she do, but set off in pursuit of this demon lover, across a landscape mazed
with all the helpers and the hinderers of a mythic quest.
Yet, as the narrative unfolds, threading between England, France before the wars, and Egypt apparently at the turn of the century, the text seems flavoured with anachronisms, discrepancies...
Is Esther writing from a later, modern era (under the eye of her put-upin sister, Anna) letting her memory play tricks on her? Is the world of recollection real - or is it a game, a dream, an escape from illness and frustration; the land of What-Might-Have-Been. (back cover copy)
Novel. 55,000 words.
One of the Colouring Books.
|Don't talk to strangers.
Don't even look at them.
The life of Roy Phipps can be summed up in a paragraph.
He's fifty, leads an uneventful, well-organised existence in the house inherited from his parents, earns a modest income writing formulaic detective novels, and remembers, sometimes, his encounters with women.
Roy's only aberration is the other novel he has been secretly also writing for years, the sprawling and florid story of the mad poet Vilmos, a study of murder, angst and alchemical magic.
Then one evening Roy meets Vilmos, face to face.
Of course, handsome Vilmos's double, Joseph Traskul, is only a coincidental look-alike. But in those fatal minutes, a terrible bond is formed.
For Traskul is, at the very least, insane = charismatic, predatory, lawless - a sort of human demon - whose almost supernatural powers, once provoked, will prove unstoppable.
As the fiery shadows close in on him, Roy understands that he is now fighting for his own sanity.
And probably for his life. (back cover copy)
Novel. 40,500 words.
One of the Colouring Books.
|Not much is what it seems.
The job can be dull, though quite demanding - it involves a lot of driving, often very long hours, an always erratic schedule. Not to mention social duties with certain important clents. The work is lucrative, however. He can easily afford the house in Kent, and the costly wants of Donna, his partner. For someone like Carver, dragged up through a deprved and abused childhood, not such a bad achievemnt.
It's just that suddenly things are running less smoothly. The stuff with Donna.... Various usual tensions at work ... the bizarre and threatening business over Silvia. When it comes it now (text fades out and large yellow "RESTICTED" is stamped over the rest of the paragraph).
In the end maybe all you can rely on is yourself.(back cover copy)
Short story and poetry collection.
Published in conjunction with Tanith Lee's appearance as Guest of Honor at Boskone XVIII in Boston, February 13-15, 1981.
Contents: Sirriamnis; Light; Circe, The Other Woman; Quatrain; The Sundial; Parting; Bargains; The Wreckers; Question, Answer, And Afterthought; The Ghoul In Love; The Guest; Cyrion In Wax.
|Unsilent Night is published in
conjunction with Tanith Lee's appearance as Guest of Honor at Boskone XVIII. The
contents include "Sirriamnis," a story of the calling of a savage magic to a
civilized post in ancient Greece (written specifically for this book); "Cyrion In
Wax," the latest adventure of a swordsman with a wit to challenge sorcerers; and a
selection of previously unpublished poems.
Tanith Lee was born in London in 1947. She began writing at the age of nine, and sold her first book, The Dragon Hoard (Macmillan), when she was nineteen. She has since written 21 other books, including Death's Master (DAW), which recently won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She has also written radio plays, television scripts, and many short stories. Boskone XVIII marks her first appearance as Guest of Honor at an American SF convention. (dustwrapper copy)
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