Tanith Lee was one of the most influential and admired writers of the 20th Century. Since her first novel in 1971, right up to her death in 2015, her works resonated with generations of readers. She left behind an incredible legacy: a body of work which embraces every facet of the fantastic. From vampires to ghosts, fairies to robots, science fiction to fantasy and horror and back again: no-one could write like Tanith Lee!
Telos Publishing is proud to present this special collection of 26 key works from Tanith’s vast short story archive. Personally selected by her husband, the artist John Kaiine, these stories will touch your heart. They will caress your soul before ripping it from your body … they will change the way you look at the world.
‘A beautiful writer … spot-on, with moments of wry humour amid her smooth, elegant prose; she gives the impression of days-of-yore and a faraway world, and tackles her creation’s weird eroticisms, without ever being tempted into going over the top.’ The Guardian
‘Quite astonishing: unrelentingly skilful, unputdownable … Accept no substitutes.’ John Clute
‘One of the most intelligent and powerful writers in fantasy.’ Publishers Weekly
660pp. 6×9-format paperback novel.
Published October 2018
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tanith Lee was born in North London (UK) in 1947. Because her parents were professional dancers (ballroom, Latin American) and had to live where the work was, she attended a number of truly terrible schools, and didn’t learn to read – she was also dyslexic – until almost age 8. And then only because her father taught her. This opened the world of books to Lee, and by 9 she was writing. After much better education at a grammar school, Lee went on to work in a library. This was followed by various other jobs – shop assistant, waitress, clerk – plus a year at art college when she was 25-26. In 1974 this mosaic ended when DAW Books of America, under the leadership of Donald A Wollheim, bought and published Lee’s The Birthgrave, and thereafter 26 of her novels and collections.
Lee went on to write around 90 books, and approaching 300 short stories. Four of her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC; she also wrote two episodes (‘Sarcophagus’ and ‘Sand’) for the TV series Blake’s 7. Some of her stories regularly get read on Radio 7.
Lee wrote in many styles in and across many genres, including Horror, SF and Fantasy, Historical, Detective, Contemporary-Psychological, Children and Young Adult. Her preoccupation, though, was always people.
In 1992 she married the writer-artist-photographer John Kaiine, her companion since 1987. They lived on the Sussex Weald, near the sea, in a house full of books and plants, with two black and white overlords called cats.
Tanith Lee passed away on 24 May 2015.