Tanith Lee (19 September 1947 – 24 May 2015) was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of over 90 novels and 300 short stories, a children's picture book (Animal Castle), and many poems. She also wrote two episodes of the BBC science fiction series Blake's 7. She was the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award best novel award (also known as the August Derleth Award), for her book Death's Master (1980).
Tanith Lee was born on 19 September 1947 in London, to professional dancers Bernard and Hylda Lee. Despite a persistent rumor, she was not the daughter of Bernard Lee (the actor who played "M" in the James Bond series films between 1962 and 1979). According to Lee, although her childhood was happy, she was the "traditional kid that got bullied," and had to move around frequently due to her parents' work. Although her family was poor, they maintained a large paperback collection, and Lee actively read weird fiction, including "Silken Swift" by Theodore Sturgeon and "Gabriel Ernest" by Saki, and discussed such literature as Hamlet and Dracula with her parents. Lee attended many different schools in childhood. She was at first incapable of reading due to a mild form of dyslexia, which was diagnosed later in life, but when she was aged 8, her father taught her to read in about a month, and she began to write at the age of 9.
She worked as a library assistant and a waiter before she tried herself as a writer.
Because Lee's parents had to move for jobs, Lee attended numerous primary schools, then Prendergast Grammar School for Girls. Three subjects inspired Lee: English, history, and religion. After high school, Lee attended Croydon Art College for a year. Realizing that was not what she wanted to do, she dropped out of her course and held a number of occupations: she has been a file clerk, waitress, shop assistant, and assistant librarian.
Her first professional sale came from "Eustace," a ninety-word vignette at the age of 21 in 1968. She continued to work in various jobs for almost another decade, due to rejection of her books. Her first novel (for children) was The Dragon Hoard, published in 1971 by Macmillan. Many British publishers rejected The Birthgrave thus she wrote to DAW Books. Her career really took off with the acceptance in 1975 by DAW Books USA of her adult fantasy epic The Birthgrave – a mass-market paperback. Lee subsequently maintained a prolific output in popular genre writing.The Birthgrave allowed Lee to be a full-time writer and stop doing "stupid and soul-killing jobs." During the 90's her books were not published due to the changes in publishing. The style that made her whole career met strict objections from publishers at that time.
Major publishing companies were less accepting of Lee's later works. The companies which Lee worked with for numerous years even refused to look at her proposals. Smaller companies were publishing just a few of Lee's works. The refusals did not stop her from writing and she had numerous novels and short stories which were just sitting in her cupboard. Mail from fans even asked if she were dead because no new Lee works had been released. Lee even tried changing her genre, but to no success. But due to the internet sales she succeeded to revive her writing.
Lee had "quietly phenomenal sales" at certain periods throughout her career. When she tried changing her genre some of her works were liked by critics and published by small publishers, but it made no difference. The royalties were good before the publishers went bankrupt.
Personal life and death
In 1987, Lee met artist and writer John Kaiine. In 1992, the couple married.
When Lee was younger, she could write for long periods of time into the early morning hours. Lee's routine began to modify because, as she aged, her stamina decreased. Lee ended her workday around 6pm to break for dinner as opposed to writing all night. In her free time, she watched history and nature channels on television. Lee and Kaiine were also huge fans of Doctor Who. They lived in the south of England.
Lee died at her home in East Sussex of breast cancer on 24 May 2015.
Tanith Lee's 1971 debut was the children's book The Dragon Hoard; her first adult book was The Birthgrave in 1975. Lee's prolific output spans a host of different genres, including adult fantasy, children's fantasy, science fiction, horror, Gothic horror, Gothic romance, and historical fiction. Her series of interconnected tales called The Flat-Earth Cycle, beginning with Night's Master and Death's Master, is similar in scope and breadth to Jack Vance's The Dying Earth.Night's Master contains allegorical tales involving Azhrarn, a demonic prince who kidnaps and raises a beautiful boy and separates him from the sorrow of the real world. Eventually, the boy wants to know more about the earth, and asks to be returned, setting off a series of encounters between Azhrarn and the Earth's people, some horrific, some positive. Later tales are loosely based on Babylonian mythology. In the science fiction Four-BEE series, Lee explores youth culture and identity in a society which grants eternally young teenagers complete freedom. They are even killed and receive new bodies, gender and/or identity over and over again. Lee has also dabbled in the historical novel with The Gods are Thirsty, set during the French Revolution.
During the late 80's she published three collections - Dreams of Dark and Light(1986), Women as Demons(1989) and The Forests of the Night(1989).
A large part of her output was children's fantasy, which has spanned her entire career from The Dragon Hoard in 1971 to the more recent The Claidi Journals containing Wolf Tower, Wolf Star, Wolf Queen and Wolf Wing in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Lee was published by various imprints, particularly depending on whether she is offering adult fiction or children's fantasy. Her earlier children's fantasy novels were published in hardcover by Macmillan UK and subsequently printed as paperbacks in the US often by DAW, with occasional hardcovers by St. Martin's Press. Some of her work was only printed in paperback, mainly in the US by DAW in the 1970s to the early 1980s. She has received some small press treatment, such as the Arkham House edition of short stories Dreams of Dark and Light: The Great Short Fiction of Tanith Lee in 1986, and in the first "Night Visions" installment published by Dark Harvest. Some of her work has been released exclusively in the UK with US publications often pending.
Lee's style is frequently remarked upon for its use of rich poetic prose and striking imagery. Critics describe her style as weird, lush, vibrant, exotic, erotic, rich, elegant, perverse, and darkly beautiful. The technique she uses is very descriptive and poetic which works well with the themes she uses in her mythical stories. She has been praised for her ability to balance her weird style with the challenges of writing a faraway world, but some critics counter that her style is not always easy on the reader; she sometimes leaves the reader with unanswered questions that could have easily been answered if she had gone into greater detail.
Lee's writing frequently featured nonconformist interpretations of fairy tales, vampire stories, myths, and the fantasy genre; as well as themes of feminism and sexuality. She also wrote lesbian fiction under the pseudonym Esther Garber. Other than feminism and sexuality, Lee used a wide range of other themes in her stories. From 1975-80, she began writing Gothic science fiction; her first Gothic novel "Sabella or the Bloodstone" features themes of loneliness and fear. Lee's most celebrated story "Elle Est Trois", which examines the relationship between self-destruction and creativity "has themes of psychosis and sexuality, the subjugation of women, and the persuasive power of myth interwoven through it". You will see myth again (along with race) in her stories "The Storm Lord", "Anackire", and "The White Serpent". Three unique horror series were produced by Lee in the '90s; the first story, The Book of the Damned, features themes of body thievery and shape-shifting. Themes of homophobia, racism, and sexism are seen in Lee's sequence The Blood Opera, and The Venus Cycle features themes of love, loss, and revenge. Her collection "Disturbed By Her Song", features themes of eroticism, despair, isolation, and the pressure of an unforgiving and unwelcoming society. These themes reoccur in her 1976 novel Don't Bite the Sun where the characters are involved in a very erotic lifestyle and the protagonist experiences despair. Eroticism shows up again in her novel "Death's Master" which examines the childhood origins of eroticism and the "later conflicts that arise from it". The sequel to Don't Bite the Sun, Drinking Sapphire Wine, is thematically similar to her other works, in that it features themes of Death and renewal, sexuality, and love. The theme of recognition also appears in Drinking Sapphire Wine, where the characters are forced to recognize others and themselves in a world where physical form is so readily alterable.
Tanith Lee was influenced by multiple genres, including other writers, music, movies, and "small things". Her Flat Earth Series was inspired by a game she played with her mother; some of her other works are influenced by fairy tales her mother told her. Her husband, a fellow writer, is also an "idea factory." Much of her work comes from "small things" rather than major inspirations.
Lee was inspired by writers and playwrights, including Graham Greene, Rebecca West, Elizabeth Bowen, Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber, Theodore Sturgeon, Angela Carter, Jane Gaskell, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, William Blake, Anton Chekov, Harold Pinter, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Ibsen, August Strindberg, Ivan Turgenev, Ivan Bunin, James, Rosemary Sutcliff, Mary Renault, Jean Rhys, John Fowles, John le Carré, Brontë family, E.M. Forster, W. Somerset Maugham, Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Ruth Rendell, Lawrence Durrell, Elroy Flecker, and Ted Hughes. Lee considered Virginia Woolf and C.S. Lewis to be very influential on her from a young age.
Lee was also influenced by painters, movies, television, and music. She cites Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dmitri Shostakovich (whose symphonies influenced certain scenes in Anackire), George Frideric Handel, Annie Lennox and Johnny Cash as musical influences. Film influences include Ben-Hur, Caesar and Cleopatra (with Vivien Leigh and Claude Raines), Coppola's Dracula, The Brotherhood of the Wolf (subtitled version), Olivier's Hamlet. The various Quatermass TV series and films inspired Lee, along with the films Forbidden Planet (1956), Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957) and Plunkett & Macleane (1999). The TV version of Georg Büchner's play Danton's Death (1978), inspired her to write her French historical novel. The painters that have inspired her include Vincent van Gogh, Cotman, J. M. W. Turner, Gustav Klimt, Rousseau, Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and several pre-Raphaelites.
Works of Tanith Lee arranged by date of publication:
- 1975: The Birthgrave (nominated, best novel)
- 1980: Red As Blood (nominated, best short story)
World Fantasy Awards
- 1979: Night's Master (nominated, best novel)
- 1983: "The Gorgon" (winner, best short story)
- 1984: "Elle Est Trois, (La Mort)" (winner, best short story)
- 1984: "Nunc Dimittis" (nominated, best novella)
- 1984: Red As Blood, or, Tales From The Sisters Grimmer (nominated, best anthology/collection)
- 1985: Night Visions 1 (nominated, best anthology/collection)
- 1987: Dreams Of Dark And Light (nominated, best anthology/collection)
- 1988: Night's Sorceries (nominated, best anthology/collection)
- 1999: "Scarlet And Gold" (nominated, best novella)
- 2006: "Uous" (nominated, best novella)
- 2013: Life Achievement Award
World Horror Convention
- 2009: Grand Master Award 
British Fantasy Awards
- 1979: Quest For The White Witch (nominated, best novel)
- 1980: Death's Master (winner, best novel)
- 1980: "Red As Blood" (nominated, best short story)
- 1981: Kill The Dead (nominated, best novel)
- 1999: "Jedella Ghost" (nominated, best short story)
- 2000: "Where Does The Town Go At Night?" (nominated, best short story)
- 2010: Disturbed by Her Song (nominated, best LGBT speculative fiction)
- ^ abcRobin Anne Reid (2009). Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Overviews. ABC-CLIO. pp. 38, 199, 219. ISBN 978-1-4391-5014-6.
- ^Alison Flood (2010). "World of fantasy: Death's Master by Tanith Lee". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- ^ abcDarrell Schweitzer (1994). Speaking of Horror: Interviews with Writers of the Supernatural. Wildside Press LLC. pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-1-880448-81-6.
- ^ abcdefghJim Pattison; Paul A. Soanes & Allison Rich (17 April 2011). "Author Biography: Tanith Lee". Daughter of the Night†: An Annotated Tanith Lee Bibliography. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- ^ abcdMoran, Maureen F; (2002). "Tanith Lee". British Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers Since 1960 in Dictionary of Literary Biography. 261.
- ^ abcdefJeff Carlson (2 August 2011). "StarShipSofa Interrogation: Tanith Lee in StarShipSofa No.175". StarShipSofa. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. - An audio interview with Tanith Lee
- ^Luis Rodrigues (2011). "Tanith Lee on the Weird". Weird Fiction Review. Retrieved 15 Oct 2012.
- ^ abcCraig Gidney (13 September 2010). "Tanith Lee: Channeling Queer Authors". Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- ^George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (2010). Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love. Simon and Schuster. p. 361. ISBN 978-1-4391-5014-6.
- ^"Tanith Lee – Author Guest of Honour". World Horror Convention 2010. 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- ^David Carroll; Kyla Ward (1994). "A History of Horror: On the Lee Side". Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- ^ abcLee obituary Retrieved on 15 Jan 2018
- ^Alison Flood (27 August 2010). "World of Fantasy: Death's Master by Tanith Lee". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2012. .Contains different text than other Alison Flood article.
- ^ abcdeDarrell Schweitzer (2011). "Interview: Tanith Lee". Realms of Fantasy. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- ^"Locus Obituary".
- ^Obituary:Tanith Lee, Fantasy and Horror Novelist, Dies at 67, By SAM ROBERTS, JUNE 1, 2015, The New York Times
- ^ abc"Tanith Lee: Love & Death & Publishers". Locus Online. April 1998. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
- ^ abcdefMavis Haut (2001). The hidden library of Tanith Lee: themes and subtexts from Dionysos to the immortal gene. Wildside Press LLC. ISBN 978-0-7864-1085-9.
- ^Pam Spencer Holley (2009). Quick and Popular Reads for Teens. ALA Editions. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-8389-3577-4.
- ^ abCraig L. Gidney (March 2005). "Delirium's Mistress: The Weird & Beautiful Fiction of Tanith Lee". Morbid Outlook. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- ^Desirina Boskovich (3 Sep 2011). "101 Weird Writers: Tanith Lee". Weird Fiction Review. Retrieved 16 Oct 2012.
- ^ ab"Two Reviews: Thor (2011) and Night's Master by Tanith Lee". Wordpress. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 16 Oct 2012.
- ^Alison Flood (27 August 2010). "World of Fantasy: Death's Master by Tanith Lee". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 16 Oct 2012.
- ^Angel Fernandez (2003). "Tanith Lee". Modern and Traditional Fairy Tales, San José State University. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- ^Donald Haase (2008). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: G-P. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 568–569. ISBN 978-0-313-33443-6.
- ^Mandelo, Brit (20 September 2010). "Queering SFF: New Books-Disturbed by Her Song by Tanith Lee". Tor.com. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- ^ abAdministrator (17 November 2009). "Tanith Lee Interview". Innsmouth Free Press. Retrieved 15 Oct 2012. - An interview with Tanith Lee
- ^T.J. McIntyre (March 2011). "Author Spotlight: Tanith Lee". Fantasy Magazine. Retrieved 15 Oct 2012. - An interview with Tanith Lee
- ^Teresa Edgerton (November 2004). "The Object of Desire -- Our Interview with Tanith Lee - Science Fiction Fantasy Chronicles: Forums". SFF Chronicles. Retrieved 15 Oct 2012. - Our interview with Tanith Lee
- ^World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
- ^"Announcing the 2013 World Fantasy Award Winners". Tor.com. 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
- ^Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 2 June 2006. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.
- ^Hardy, Graham. "August Derleth Award." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 5 Oct. 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.
Animal Castle (1972)
Companions on the Road (1975)
The Winter Players (1976)
Electric Forest (1979)
Shon the Taken (1979)
Day by Night (1980)
Sung in Shadow (1983)
The Beautiful Biting Machine (1984)
Days of Grass (1985)
Madame Two Swords (1988)
A Heroine of the World (1989)
The Blood of Roses (1990)
Into Gold (1991)
Louisa the Poisoner (1992)
Eva Fairdeath (1994)
Reigning Cats and Dogs (1995)
When the Lights Go Out (1996)
The Gods Are Thirsty (1996)
White as Snow (2000)
Mortal Suns (2003)
Death of the Day (2004)
To Indigo (2011)
Killing Violets (2012)
Cruel Pink (2013)
A Different City (2015)
Biting the Sun (1999)
When Darkness Falls (2003) (with Susan Krinard and Evelyn Vaughn)
Winter Moon (2005) (with Mercedes Lackey and C E Murphy)
Songs of Love Lost and Found (2012) (with Jo Beverley, Jacqueline Carey, Robin Hobb and Cecelia Holland)
Princess Hynchatti (1972)
Champions of the Road (1979)
Unsilent Night (1981)
Red as Blood (1982)
aka Tales from the Sisters Grimmer
aka The Indian Nights
Women as Demons (1985)
The Gorgon (1985)
Dreams of Dark and Light (1986)
Forests of the Night (1989)
Sages and Swords (2006) (with Eugie Foster, Ed McFadden and Vera Nazarian)
Sounds and Furies (2010)
Disturbed by Her Song (2010) (with Judas Garbah and Esther Garber)
Hauntings (2012) (with Paul Kane, Alison Littlewood, Mark Morris, Marie O'Regan, Robert Shearman, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Liz Williams)
The Wildside Book of Fantasy (2012) (with Lin Carter, Paul Di Filippo, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Robert E Howard, Clive Jackson, Fritz Leiber, E Hoffmann Price, Thomas Burnett Swann, Lawrence Watt-Evans and Gene Wolfe)
Space Is Just a Starry Night (2013)
Blood 20 (2015)
Legenda Maris (2015)
Dancing Through the Fire (2015)
Obsidian (2016) (with Kelley Armstrong, Alison Littlewood, Laura Mauro, Maura McHugh, Marie O'Regan, Sarah Pinborough, Kari Sperring, Lisa Tuttle and Liz Williams)
Animate Objects (2016)
Redder Than Blood (2017)
The Weird Tales of Tanith Lee (2017)
The Betrothed (1968)
Series contributed to
6. The Dragon Hoard (1971)
15. East of Midnight (1977)
Black Unicorn (1989)
Gold Unicorn (1994)
Red Unicorn (1997)
Voyage of the Basset
1. Islands in the Sky (1999)
1. Colder Greyer Stones (2012)
Anthologies containing stories by Tanith Lee
The 9th Pan Book of Horror Stories (1968)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 2 (1976)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 4 (1978)
The Year's Best Horror Stories VII (1979)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 5 (1980)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 9 (1980)
New Terrors 1 (1980)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 6 (1980)
Shadows 4 (1981)
Shadows 5 (1982)
Top Fantasy (1984)
Shadows 7 (1984)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 10 (1984)
Night Visions : In the Blood (1984)
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy (1985)
Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year 14 (1985)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 11 (1985)
The Year's Best Horror Stories XIV (1986)
A Century of Horror 1970-1979 (1987)
Masters of Darkness 2 (1988)
Haunting Women (1988)
Hidden Turnings (1989)
The Year's Best Fantasy Second Annual Collection (1989)
aka Demons and Dreams
Arrows of Eros (1989)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection (1990)
Vampires: The Greatest Stories (1991)
Horror Story Volume 3 (1991)
The Ultimate Witch (1993)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology (1994)
Angels of Darkness (1995)
Women of Wonder (1995)
Xanadu 3 (1995)
The Armless Maiden (1995)
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (1995)
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995)
The Merlin Chronicles (1995)
Sisters of the Night (1995)
Killing Me Softly (1995)
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
The Best of Weird Tales (1995)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Ninth Annual Collection (1996)
Fantasy Stories (1996)
Twists of the Tale (1996)
Isaac Asimov's Vampires (1996)
Rivals of Dracula (1996)
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1997)
Blood Thirst (1997)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Tenth Annual Collection (1997)
Dying for It (1997)
The Year's Best Science Fiction Sixteenth Annual Collection (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats (1998)
aka The Fantasy Hall of Fame
Don't Open This Book! (1998)
The Road to Science Fiction 5 (1998)
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (1998)
Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (1998)
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998)
Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Ten (1999)
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)
Isaac Asimov's Mother's Day (2000)
A Wolf At the Door (2000)
The Year's Best Science Fiction Seventeenth Annual Collection (2000)
Dark Terrors 5 (2000)
Graven Images (2000)
|Sun City (1974)|
|The Demoness (1976)|
|The Truce (1976)|
|Odds Against the Gods (1977)|
|In the Balance (1978)|
|Paper Boat (1978)|
|Sleeping Tiger (1978)|
|Winter White (1978)|
|Deux Amours d'une Sorcerie (1979)|
|A hero at the Gates (1979)|
|Monkey's Stagger (1979)|
|The Murderous Dove (1979)|
|Northern Chess (1979)|
|Perfidious Amber (1979)|
|Red as Blood [short story] (1979)||Nebula Awards(nominee)|
|The Thaw (1979)|
|Cyrion in Bronze (1980)|
|Cyrion in Wax (1980)|
|One Night of the Year (1980)|
|A Room with a Vie (1980)|
|The Squire's Tale (1980)|
|You Are my Sunshine (1980)|
|Because Our Skins are Finer (1981)|
|The Dry Season (1981)|
|Magritte's Secret Agent (1981)|
|When the Clock Strikes (1981)|
|Cyrion in Stone (1982)|
|The Gorgon [short story] (1982)||World Fantasy|
|A Lynx with Lions (1982)|
|Mirage and Magia (1982)|
|Southern Lights (1982)|
|Written in Water (1982)|
|Anna Medea (1983)|
|Black as Ink (1983)|
|Blue Vase of Ghosts (1983)|
|Chand Veda (1983)|
|Elle est Trois (La Mort) (1983)||World Fantasy|
|Il Bacio (Il Chiave) (1983)|
|La Reine Blanche (1983)|
|Nunc Dimittis (1983)||World Fantasy(nominee)|
|The Beautiful Biting Machine [short story] (1984)|
|Bite Me Not, or Fleur de Feu (1984)|
|Bright Burning Tiger (1984)|
|A Day in the Skin (1984)|
aka The Century We Were Out of Them
|Draco, Draco (1984)|
|Foreign Skins (1984)|
|The Hunting of Death: The Unicorn (1984)|
|The Ivory Merchants (1984)|
|Oh, Shining Star (1984)|
|The One We Were (1984)|
|Simon's Wife (1984)|
|Tamastara [short story] (1984)|
|Three Days (1984)|
|The Tree: A Winter's Tale (1984)|
|Under the Hand of Chance (1984)|
|The Vampire Lover (1984)|
|After the Guillotine (1985)|
|Into Gold [short story] (1986)|
|Black as a Rose (1987)|
|By Crystal Light Beneath One Star (1987)|
|Children of the Night (1987)|
|Crying in the Rain (1987)|
|The Daughter of the Magician (1987)|
|Dooniveh, the Moon (1987)|
|Game Players (1987)|
|Night's Daughter, Day's Desire (1987)|
|The Prodigal (1987)|
|Death Dances (1988)|
|The Devil's Rose (1988)|
|A Madonna of the Machine (1988)|
|The Unrequited Glove (1988)|
|Ceres Passing (1989)|
|Discovered Country (1989)|
|Don't Get Lost (1989)|
|Down Below (1989)|
|I Was Guillotined Here (1989)|
|The Janfia Tree (1989)|
|The Lancastrian Blush (1989)|
|The Rakshasa (1989)|
|Sweet Grapes (1989)|
|The Tenebris Malgraph (1989)|
|White as Sin, Now (1989)|
|Zelle's Thursday (1989)|
|The Nightmare's Tale (1990)|
|Beautiful Lady (1991)|
|The Glass Dagger (1991)|
|Lost in Our World (1991)|
|The Marble Web (1991)|
|The Mermaid (1991)|
|The Moon is a Mask (1991)|
|Morcara's Room (1991)|
|The Weasel Bride (1991)|
|Winter Flowers (1993)|
|The Witch of the Moon (1993)|
|The Beast (1995)|
|The Champion (1995)|
|King's Mage (1995)|
|La Dame (1995)|
|She Sleeps in a Tower (1995)|
|Tiger I (1995)|
|Flowers for Faces, Thorns for Feet (1996)|
|The Reason for Not Going to the Ball (1996)|
|All the Birds of Hell (1998)|
|Jedella Ghost (1998)||British Fantasy Society(nominee)|
|The Pandora Heart (1998)|
|Yellow And Red (1998)|
|The Sky-green Blues (1999)|
|Where the Town Goes at Night (1999)||British Fantasy Society(nominee)|
|The Abortionist's Horse (a Nightmare) (2000)|
|La Vampiresse (2000)|
|That Glisters Is (2000)|
|A Wolf At the Door (2000)|
Books about Tanith Lee
Opulent Darkness (1999) by Justine Larbalestier
The Hidden Library of Tanith Lee (2001) by Mavis Haut