Winterlong — (1990-1993) Publisher: Amid the ruins of a once great city, a girl and her beautiful long-lost twin brother are drawn to the seductive voice of a green-eyed boy whose name is Death. Together they must journey through a poisoned garden filled with children who kill and beasts that speak — all the while resisting the evil that compels them to join in a nightmare ritual of blood that will unleash the power of the ancients and signal the end of humanity.

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Stand-alone novels and story collections:

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews12 Monkeys — (1995) Publisher: This thriller is based on the Universal Pictures film starring Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeline Stowe. In 2035 A.D., James Cole is doing time in an underground prison when he is offered a mission that could wipe out his sentence. A group of government scientists are sending him back to the past to discover the source of a deadly virus that killed the world as we knew it.Elizabeth Hand book review Waking the Moon, Glimmering, Black Light, Mortal Love

Glimmering — (1997) Publisher: It is 1999. The Last Days, or some say, the First. The climate has warmed dramatically, the cities have imploded into riotous shards, and the sky is a glimmering array of reds and greens and golds. In fin de siecle New York, a millionaire publisher, a jaded rock star and the girl who, in her own way, loves them both are watching the waters rise as the cults begin the frenzies of the Night of the Thousand Years. This breathtaking novel is Elizabeth Hand’s audacious attempt to capture in one explosive story both the unspoken dreams and the unspeakable nightmares of her generation. And she succeeds.

book review Elizabeth Hand Last Summer at Mars HillLast Summer at Mars Hill — (1998) Publisher: A collection of short stories centers around Mars Hill — a place where a healing presence know as Them exists and where young, dubious Moony Rising learns an amazing and powerful secret surpassing all the love she has ever known.

Elizabeth Hand book review Waking the Moon, Glimmering, Black Light, Mortal LoveBlack Light — (1999) Publisher: A creepy, fantastic mystery centred around the strange life of Anzeri Chakrulo — an enigmatic, charismatic cult director with a particular taste for the peculiar — and four teenagers on the cusp of adulthood: Lit Golding, Ali Fox and the Finn brothers.

fantasy book reviews Elizabeth Hand Bibliomancy story collectionBibliomancy — (2003) Publisher: From Elizabeth Hand, one of America’s leading literary fantasists, comes a collection of extraordinary novellas of damnation and dark revelation, epiphany and redemption. Written in the author’s characteristic poetic prose, and rich with the detail of lives traumatic yet luminously transformed, these stories form a remarkable tapestry interweaving the supernatural and the mundane. Bibliomancy won the World Fantasy Award and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers of America, a Intenational Horror Guild Award, and appeared on Locus Magazine’s Year’s Best lists. The collection includes the first print appearance of the short novel “Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol,” along with “The Least Trumps”, “Cleopatra Brimstone” and “Pavane for a Prince of the Air”. Introduction by Lucius Shephard and story notes by the author. Cover art by 19th century painter John Anster Fitzgerald. (see left) Both “Pavane for a Prince of the Air” and “Cleopatra Brimstone” have won International Horror Guild Awards, and “The Least Trumps” was on the shortlist for BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2003, edited by Walter Mosley. “Chip Crockett,” an homage to the late, legendary Joey Ramone, continues to wait for its chance to become an animnated Christmas Special.

horror Elizabeth Hand The Bride of FrankensteinThe Bride of Frankenstein — (2007) Publisher: Attempting to create life through dreadful experiments, Henry Frankenstein and Dr. Pretorius instead created unspeakable horror: two misshapen monsters, a brutish male and his female mate, stitched together from the bodies of cadavers. Crafted to be the monster’s bride — an undead Eve to an equally accursed Adam — the female creature was destroyed mere minutes after taking its first breath — or was it? This new novel by the critically acclaimed Elizabeth Hand reinterprets the memorable characters from Universal Picture’s classic 1935 film for a new generation of horror fans. Detailing the bride of Frankenstein’s secret history, from the shadows of forgotten laboratories to the streets of Weimar Germany, Hand creates a richly atmospheric tale of horror, mystery, and tragedy as chilling as the creature itself. Elizabeth Hand’s novels and short story collections include Mortal Love, Black Light, Bibliomancy and the cult classic Waking the Moon. A longtime contributor to the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement, she lives in Maine.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsErrantry: Strange Stories — (2012) Publisher: No one is innocent, no one unexamined in award-winner Elizabeth Hand’s new collection. From the summer isles to the mysterious people next door all the way to the odd guy one cubicle over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life to show us the impossibilities, broken dreams, and improbable dreams that surely can never come true.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsRadiant Days — (2012) She is a painter. He is a poet. Their art bridges time. It is 1978. Merle is in her first year at the Corcoran School of Art, catapulted from her impoverished Appalachian upbringing into a sophisticated, dissipated art scene. It is also 1870. The teenage poet Arthur Rimbaud is on the verge of breaking through to the images and voice that will make his name. The meshed power of words and art thins the boundaries between the present and the past – and allows these two troubled, brilliant artists to enter each other’s worlds. Radiant Days is a peerless follow-up to Elizabeth Hand’s unforgettable, multiply starred Illyria.