The legendary Tanith Lee passed away in May, but she’ll never be forgotten, and Fantastic Press plans to publish her final story collection, Dancing Through the Fire, in September. The press release follows.
In December 2014, Tanith Lee put the finishing touches on her collection “Dancing Through the Fire.”
In May 2015, she died, far too soon.
On September 19, 2015, which would have been her 68th birthday, Fantastic Books will publish “Dancing Through the Fire.”
From mystical lands to mystical worlds, corporeal manifestations of myth, and mythical interpretations of life, the stories in this book will captivate readers and transport them into realms they’ve never visited (and in some cases, could never have imagined visiting). The sixteen stories in this collection (twelve previously uncollected, four never-before published) are broken down into five movements, which echo major themes that recurred throughout Lee’s career: “Life and Death”, “The Power of Will”, “Chancing It”, “Love Stories?” and “Inner Truth.”
From the beginning of her writing career in 1968, Tanith Lee has attracted a passionate following, and garnered wide critical acclaim, including two World Fantasy Awards (plus another seven nominations), one British Fantasy Award (and five other nominations), and two Nebula Award nominations. She was the first woman to win the British Fantasy August Derleth Award for best novel, for Death’s Master in 1980, and more recently, she has been recognized for an extraordinary career, with the World Horror Grandmaster Award in 2009, the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, and the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
The twelve previously published stories include: “Death Dances,” “The Death of Death,” “That Glisters Is,” “The Flame,” “Fold,” “In the City of Dead Night,” “Sold,” “The World Well Lost,” “Medra,” “Unnalash,” “Comfort and Despair,” and “The Sequence of Swords and Hearts.” The four new stories include: “My Lovely,” which is 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; and “Burn Her,” which may be a semi-autobiographical telling of the life (and afterlife) of an artist.
Fantastic Books will be publishing “Dancing Through the Fire” as a simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback on September 19, 2015. (Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-62755-645-3, $24.99, 224 pages; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62755-646-0, $14.99, 224 pages.)