Tachyon Publications proudly presents a newly discovered classic from the legendary fantasy author Evangline Walton
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. A car crash leaves Richard lying unconscious in a bed surrounded by frescoes of a benevolent goddess, while a far more sinister deity of alabaster in the courtyard seems to gain power in the night. When a beautiful young Tuscan, Florian, appears in Barbara’s hour of need, she is drawn to his seductive charms.
The key to an ages-old mystery lies in the catacombs under the villa, in a conflict reawakened after generations of sacrifice, betrayal, and madness.
Evangeline Walton is the author of the Welsh mythological tetralogy The Mabinogion and the Theseus trilogy as well as 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.” As a child, Walton suffered chronic respiratory infections and was treated with silver nitrate tincture, which changed the pigment of her skin to blue gray (perhaps reminiscent of an Etruscan deity).
$14.95 trade paperback
5 x 8
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