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Gallery of HorrorGallery of Horror 1983 – Evening Reviews

~ Nunc Dimittis
by Tanith Lee

One Word Review: Dark

Nunc Dimittis is a depressing, yet beautiful story of a vampire’s guardian coming to the end of his life. Painfully and lovingly he goes in search of his replacement. Through this process we learn how he came to be in the service of Princess Draculas. Draculas? I couldn’t help but snicker.

Again, this was not what I’d call horror but I did enjoy the story. Lee delved deep into the soul of the dying guardian, showing us his pain, his love, and his acceptance. This was definitely a step up from The Typewriter, but I’m still waiting to be frightened…

The Author: Tanith Lee is a British writer of science fiction, horror and fantasy. She is the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She has also written four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series “Blake’s 7.”  Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a waitress. (via Goodreads)