She Walks in Darkness

Evangeline Walton

Beneath the beautiful estates of Tuscany lies another world, twisting labyrinths of catacombs, temples, and tombs filled with lost wonders of the ancient world. A gothic saga of passion, madness, honor, and revenge, this is the first publication of a newly discovered jewel from a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winner.


She Walks in Darkness

by Evangeline Walton

ISBN: 9781616961336

Published: 2013

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and eBooks

A gorgeous Tuscan villa harboring a terrible secret houses this beautifully harrowing adventure of ancient mystery and modern intrigue.

Archaeologist Richard Keyes and his resourceful young bride, Barbara, are expecting a blissful honeymoon in a welcoming new country. But from the moment they arrive in their secluded new home, circumstances conspire against them.

The key to an ages-old mystery lies in the catacombs under the villa, in a familial conflict reawakened after generations of sacrifice, betrayal, and madness. This first publication of a newly discovered jewel from a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winner is sure to please readers of all genres.

“Driven by unceasing suspense and intriguing historical mysteries, this Gothic adventure simply won’t let you stop reading it.”
—Tim Powers, author of World Fantasy Award-winner The Bible Repairman

“For those of us who loved Evangeline Walton’s lyrical and energetic quartet retelling the Four Branches of The Mabinogion, her novella She Walks in Darkness is a startling but quite gripping change…a remarkable gift from the past.”
—Patricia A. McKillip, author of Wonders of the Invisible World

“[Evangeline Walton has the] ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor, and compassion.”
Fantasy Review

“What comes next is the harrowing recounting of the hours following Richard’s accident in true gothic form, complete with Terrifying Scares, Horrible Tragedies, Claustrophobic Predicaments, Looming Threats and the pervasive sense that something supernatural might be afoot. It is a tale of obsession and madness that interplays with historical (those Etruscans as so elusive) and family mysteries to great effect.”

… there is considerable charm in this old-fashioned hair-raiser, and Walton’s focus on history and myth is distinctive.”

“..A small miracle in prose….Walton’s compression, her economy is brilliant … Barbara’s narrative, for instance, moves easily from the horrifying present to the innocence of the previous day in a single tense-shifting paragraph. No bells or whistles. Deftly done. The Da Vinci Code’s  Dan Brown also could learn something from her handling of big, historical enigmas.”
Call of the Siren


Evangeline Walton is the author of the Welsh mythologial tetralogy, The Mabinogion (The Island of the Mighty, The Children of Llyr), the Theseus trilogy, The Cross and the Sword, and Witch House. She received the Mythopoeic, Leiber, and Locus awards and was honored with a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. The majority of her novels were written by the early 1950s, and her legendary short stories include “Above Ker-Is,” “The Judgment of St. Yves,” and “The Mistress of Kaer-Mor.”

Praise for Evangeline Walton

“[Evangeline Walton has the] ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor, and compassion.”
Fantasy Review

Praise for The Maginogion Tetralogy

“Based on the medieval Welsh epic the Mabinogion, this series ranks with the best of 20th-century works of fantasy.”
Publishers Weekly

“The Mabinogion is certainly among the top five fantasy series of the twentieth century.”
SF Site

“Not only the best fantasies of the twentieth century, but also great works of fiction.”
Saturday Review 

Praise for Above Ker-Is and Other Stories

“Most of Walton’s short stories are, like her novels, seamless blends of history, myth, and local color…. [T]hese stories are memorable for their depictions of people caught in the web of their seemingly preordained fates, and for their well-wrought descriptions that capture the characters in beautiful imagery.”

 “It is well worth reading, and rereading.”

Visit the Evangeline Walton website.

Old Mattia Rossi’s body is gone. It no longer lies at the foot of the cellar stairs. This morning, when I finally braced myself to go down and look for those keys I need so badly, it was not there.
And that can mean only one thing.
He is not in hiding. He did not rouse and crawl away into the dark, as a crushed worm might crawl. He does not lie suffering somewhere in those black, netlike passages. To search for him there would drive me mad, I think, though I suppose decency would drive me to it. But he cannot be suffering; he is dead.
Yet he is gone.
I know what other people would say, if they were here to say it. “He never was there. You had a nightmare. You never would have dared to go down into those cellars by yourself.”
But I did go down, and he was there. If you could call that flat, bloody thing himself.... That queer flatness, a kind of emptiness, was what told me he was dead. It was worse, somehow, than the crushed part of his head, than the stains.... It is gone now, that thing that used to be a person. A person I never met, but whom people I know knew and liked. Someone must have taken it away. Who? Who—except the murderer?
That means that he did not go away after he killed old Mattia. Or that if he did, he came back.
Is he here now? Lurking somewhere in this huge place? Watching for me, perhaps, with those eyes I never saw and must not try to imagine. Listening....
I must get help! Yet how can I go away and leave Richard alone here, hurt? My husband is unconscious; no sane man would hurt him. But if the murderer thought him only asleep—