Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Writer Tanith Lee Dies Aged 67

deaths masterOn Sunday 24th May, British sci-fi, fantasy and horror writer Tanith Lee died at the age of 67. During her lifetime, the hugely prolific author penned over 90 books, 300 short stories, four BBC Radio plays and several poems, along with episodes of the popular BBC series, Blake’s 7.

Her huge body of work earned her several awards, beginning in 1980 with the British Fantasy Society’s Derleth Award for her book, Death’s Master. She went on to win Best Short Story at the World Fantasy Awards in 1983 and 1984, and in later years, received two Lifetime Achievement Awards, one from the World Fantasy Convention in 2013, the other from the Horror Writers Association in 2015.

Lee’s writing career first took off in the early 70s with the publication of her children’s books, The Dragon Hoard and Animal Castle. Her first adult novel, The Birthgrave, followed in 1975. Known for her vivid imagery and poetic style, Lee created vibrant mythical worlds in her work, drawing on myths, fairy tales, vampire stories and wider fantasy elements. Her writing frequently addresses themes of feminism and sexuality, particularly in stories she wrote under the pseudonym Esther Garber.

Fans of her work have taken to Twitter to express their sadness at the news.

Lee’s loss will be deeply felt by many. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

Sources: Tor | Sci-Fi Bulletin

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