Tanith Lee

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Tanith Lee was born in London, England, in 1947. Following the completion of her secondary education, she was employed in a variety of jobs, including file clerk, assistant librarian, shop assistant and waitress. She also attended art college for one year, but quickly came to the conclusion that she would rather express herself through words than pictures.

Lee's first publication was Eustace, a 90 word vignette which appeared in The Ninth Pan Book Of Horror Stories in 1968. After receiving numerous rejections from British publishers for her adult fantasy novel The Birthgrave, she wrote a letter of inquiry to DAW Books, the American publishing firm founded by well-known science fiction fan and editor Donald A. Wolheim. DAW published The Birthgrave in 1975, beginning a relationship that lasted until 1989 and saw the publication of 28 books. In 1976, following the publication of her second and third books, Don't Bite The Sun and The Storm Lord, Lee was able to quit her day job and become a full-time freelance writer.

Tanith Lee has won or been nominated for a variety of awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the August Derleth Award and the Nebula. She has appeared as Guest of Honour at a number of science fiction conventions, including Boskone XVIII in Boston in 1981, and the 1984 World Fantasy Convention in Ottawa.

In 1987, she met John Kaiine, a British writer and artist. The couple married in 1992 and currently live in the south of England.

Tanith Lee books reviewed

Bibliography

  • The Dragon Hoard (1971)
  • Animal Castle (1972)
  • Princess Hynchatti & Some Other Surprises (1972)

The Birthgrave Trilogy

  • The Birthgrave (1975)
  • Shadowfire (1978)
  • Quest for the White Witch (1978)
  • Companions on the Road (1975)
  • The Four-BEE Series
  • Don't Bite the Sun (1976)
  • Drinking Sapphire Wine (1977)

The Wars of Vis

  • The Storm Lord (1976)
  • Anackire (1983)
  • The White Serpent (1988)
  • The Winter Players (1976)
  • Volkhavaar (1977)
  • East of Midnight (1977)
  • The Castle of Dark (1978)

Tales From The Flat Earth

  • Night's Master (1978)
  • Death's Master (1979)
  • Delusion's Master (1981)
  • Delirium's Mistress (1986)
  • Night's Sorceries (1986)
  • Electric Forest (1979)
  • Shon the Taken (1979)
  • Sabella, or the Blood Stone (1980)
  • Kill the Dead (1980)
  • Day by Night (1980)
  • Lycanthia, or The Children of Wolves (1981)

The S.I.L.V.E.R. Series

  • The Silver Metal Lover (1981)
  • Metallic Love (2005)
  • The Tin Man
  • Unsilent Night (1981)
  • Prince on a White Horse (1982)
  • Cyrion (1982)
  • Red As Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer (1983)
  • Sung in Shadow (1983)
  • Tamastara, or The Indian Nights (1984)
  • Night Visions (1984)
  • The Gorgon and Other Beastly Tales (1985)
  • Days of Grass (1985)
    Dreams of Dark and Light: The Great Short Fiction of Tanith Lee (1986)
  • Dark Castle, White Horse (1986)

The Secret Books of Paradys

  • The Book of the Damned (1988)
  • The Book of the Beast (1988)
  • The Book of the Dead (1991)
  • The Book of the Mad (1993)
  • The Secret Books of Paradys (2007)
  • Madame Two Swords (1988)
  • Women as Demons: The Male Perception of Women through Space and Time (1989)
  • Forests of The Night (1989)
  • A Heroine of the World (1989)
  • The Blood of Roses (1990)

The Unicorn Series

  • Black Unicorn (1991)
  • Gold Unicorn (1994)
  • Red Unicorn (1997)

The Blood Opera Sequence

  • Dark Dance (1992)
  • Personal Darkness (1993)
  • Darkness, I (1994)
  • Heart-Beast (1992)
  • Elephantasm (1993)
  • Nightshades: Thirteen Journeys Into Shadow (1993)
  • Eva Fairdeath (1994)
  • Vivia (1995)
  • Reigning Cats and Dogs (1995)
  • When the Lights Go Out (1996)
  • Louisa the Poisoner (1996)
  • The Gods Are Thirsty (1996)
  • The Secret Books of Venus
  • Faces Under Water (1998)
  • Saint Fire (1999)
  • A Bed of Earth (2002)
  • Venus Preserved (2003)

The Claidi Journals

  • Law of the Wolf Tower (1998)
  • Wolf Star Rise (2000)
  • Queen of the Wolves (2001)
  • Wolf Wing (2002)
  • The Claidi Journals (2003)
  • Islands in the Sky (1999)
  • White As Snow (2000)
  • Mortal Suns (2003)

The Piratica Series

  • Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventures Upon the High Seas (2004)
  • Piratica II: Return to Parrot Island (2006)
  • Piratica III: The Family Sea (2007)
  • 34 (2004)
  • Fatal Women (2004)

The Lionwolf Series

  • Cast a Bright Shadow (2004)
  • Here In Cold Hell (2005)
  • No Flame but Mine (2007)
  • Death of the Day (2004)
  • L'Amber (2006)
  • Indigara (2007)
  • Tempting The Gods: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee, Volume One (2009)
  • Hunting The Shadows: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee, Volume Two (2009)
  • Sounds and Furies: Seven Faces of Darkness (2010)
  • Greyglass (Forthcoming)
  • Disturbed By Her Song (Forthcoming)
  • The Earth Is Flat (Forthcoming)
  • Earth's Master (Forthcoming)
  • The Firesmith (Forthcoming)
  • To Indigo (Forthcoming)