British science fiction, horror and fantasy writer Tanith Lee has died at the age of 67.
Born in London to professional dancers, Lee wrote over 90 novels and 300 short stories, as well as poetry and a children’s picture book, sometimes using the pseudonym Esther Garber. She published her debut, children’s book The Dragon Hoard (Red Fox), in 1971 and her first adult book, The Birthgrave (Daw Books) was published in 1975. She was the first woman to win the August Derleth Award for best novel at the British Fantasy Awards in 1980 with Death’s Master (Hamlyn).
She was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention in 2013 and the Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
HarperVoyager publishing director Jane Johnson, who published Lee for seven years, paid tribute to her "unique talent and powerful personality."
Lee passed away on Sunday (24th May). She leaves behind her husband, writer and artist John Kaiine.
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