Among the reprinted stories are:
? "Comfort and Despair", which Publishers Weekly called "eloquent."
? "Fold," which editor Mike Allen called "surreal and haunting."
? "That Glisters Is," which, according to Voya, "leaves a disturbing aftertaste."
? "The Death of Death," which Colleen Anderson said is "rich with personality and style."
The four new stories include:
? "My Lovely," a chilling little tale of a house where people drop in.
? "Last Dancer," which tells of an annual commemoration that just may be the social ticket of the year.
? "Lora," the story of a god gazing lovingly upon one of her subjects.
? "Burn Her," which may be a semi-autobiographical telling of the life (and afterlife) of an artist.
In her obituary, the Guardian called Tanith Lee "one of the most influential revisionist and feminist voices in contemporary fantasy writing," and said her work has a "sensibility in which the relentless pursuit of personal autonomy and sensual fulfilment leads her characters to the brink of delirium, as well as to a fierce integrity that can co-habit with self-sacrificing empathy." The Village Voice called her "the Princess Royal of Fantasy," and enotes says she is "an accomplished technician and stylist. Her sophisticated presentations carry the reader along breathlessly, yet her style invites reading aloud."
Tanith Lee was born in the UK in 1947. Though she couldn't read until she was eight, she began writing at nine, and never stopped. She wrote over ninety novels and more than three hundred short stories. She wrote for television (Blake's 7) and various BBC radio plays. She won the World Fantasy Award for her novel Death's Master (1980). Endless awards followed, and she was made a Grand Master of Horror and honored with the World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Tanith died peacefully at home in 2015. She was married to the artist/writer John Kaiine, who will continue to keep her work in print via numerous short story collections and much more.
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About the Author
Tanith Lee (1947¿2015) was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of more than 90 novels (including Wolf Tower and The Flat Earth series), 300 short stories (such as "When the Clock Strikes," from the collection Red as Blood), a children's picture book (Animal Castle), and many poems. She also wrote two episodes of the BBC science fiction series Blake's 7. Lee was married to artist and writer John Kaiine.