RIP Tanith Lee, author: 1947-2015

Douglas S. TaylorTanith Lee, an author who worked in a number of genres including fantasy, science fiction and horror, has died. She was 67.


Born in 1947, Lee did not learn to read until she was nearly eight, but quickly became a reader with wide-ranging tastes. She made her debut as a writer with the 1968 publication of her short story “Eustace”. She then wrote a number of children’s books; her first adult novel, The Birthgrave, was published in 1975.

During her life she wrote over 90 novels and more than three times as many short stories, along with scripts for BBC radio and television. Her book Death’s Master won the 1980 August Derleth Award from the British Fantasy Society, making her the first woman to win this prize; she also received two Nebula nominations and won two World Fantasy Awards, and was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards from two different groups: World Fantasy Convention and the Horror Writers Association.

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