- Sep 9, 2011
Apparently she passed away on Sunday. No details yet.
That was a sad interview. It sums up the death of the midlist right there.Of course, she'd already been "lost" in a way (to the readership, if not to friends and family), thanks to the New Publishing. (No book published by a major house for at least eight years, no collection of the sort since the 80s. (Congrats to the Chrons' own Ian Whates for publishing a couple of Lee books in that period.)) I don't know if this is appropriate in a thread like this, but it is appropriately mournful. A post elsewhere brought this entire Realms of Fantasy review to my attention and is worth reading in full.
I read The Birthgrave a few months ago, and even as a jaded forty-something it was quite an affecting work of imagination, and satisfyingly unpredictable. That interview you linked to was from 2009 (I think), and it seems some time after that she decided to publish her back catalogue herself, which was how I got my copy. A shame she had to do that, though.I read The Birthgrave and its sequels when I was a teen.