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From the most ancient of days, the Beast has passed through the seed of generations, preying on the unlucky, the unwary and the unchaste, its appetite ravenous and eternal.A haunted house and a ghostly woman are the instruments that release an ancient curse upon the forgotten city of Paradys. As a savage, unholy beast prowls the city’s streets, a young student seeks to uncover the secrets that will lead to his salvation. Lee infuses this dark tale, the second volume in the series, with a dreamlike quality that hovers, like the world in The Book of the Damned, on the border of reality.
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Tanith Lee is one of the leading fantasy authors working today. She has written over 50 novels and short story collections, among them the bestselling Flat Earth Series. She has won the World Fantasy Award numerous times as well as the August Derleth Award.From Kirkus Reviews:
Second of Lee's projected four-book fantasy series (The Book of the Damned, 1990), set in the forgotten French city Paradys: nine linked stories that add up to a well-rounded, satisfying whole. Young university student Raoulin discovers in his ruined- palace lodgings a ghostlike, sexually charged woman, Helise, whose horrible secret is that she is possessed by a mindless, ancient, bird-headed demon; the demon propagates itself through the sperm or womb of its victims. Helise was infected by her husband, a chaste and honorable man, because she could not restrain her lust for him. Now, having achieved the demon's purpose by infecting Raoulin, she collapses into dust. Raoulin attempts suicide, but the demon will not let him die; eventually coming to his aid will be a Jewish magician and his daughter, who are aware of the demon's Roman origins and subsequent history. Together they will attempt to cast forth the Beast. Top-notch demonology and atmosphere, with convincingly developed characters, but it is Lee's talent for realizing an exquisite and appalling mingling of lust and horror, sexual pleasure and loathing, yearning and revulsion, that drives the book and its readers from cover to cover. Enthralling. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harpercollins Publishers Ltd, 1988. Paperback. Condition: Good. First edition. Fast Dispatch. Expedited UK Delivery Available. Excellent Customer Service. Published by Unwin Paperbacks. Seller Inventory # BBI2110475
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Book Description Unwin Hyman, 1988. Paperback. Condition: very good trade paperback. 1st printing. From the most ancient of days, the Beast has passed through the seed of generations, preying on the unlucky, the unwary and the unchaste, its appetite ravenous and eternal. Seller Inventory # FF12.529
Book Description Unwin Paperbacks, London, England, 1988. Trade Paperback. Condition: Near Fine. First Print. The spine is lightly creased down the middle; little to no wear. Quite clean. 196 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 013465
Book Description Unwin Paperbacks, London, 1988. Trade Paperback. Condition: Very Good. First UK Edition. TPBO. The book is in Very Good condition. Reading creases and curvature to the spine. A tidy used copy. 196 pages. Without packaging, this book weighs 316 grams. Synopsis: From the most ancient of days, the Beast has passed through the seed of generations, preying on the unlucky, the unwary and the unchaste, its appetite ravenous and eternal. This tale of fantasy and horror is the second volume in the series. Size: 208 x 137 x 18 mm. Seller Inventory # EB004385
Book Description Unwin, London, 1989. Soft Cover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Cover Peter Goodfellow (illustrator). Paperback First Edition. 196pp. Nearly as new, unused, unread book, stiff covers, with minor bumps to corners, and few marks to edges. The second of the Paradys set. "Bizarre imagination and elegantly decadent atmosphere evoking the immortal Poe." (Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Occult, Women) Size: Trade Pb. Seller Inventory # C03953
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Book Description Unwin Paperbacks, 1988. Paperback. Condition: Fine. A chilling tale of terror and magic. Cover illustrated by Peter Goodfellow. Unwin Paperbacks 1988. 196pp pb fine. Seller Inventory # 003764