This repackaged edition of a classic sci-fi tale from a master storyteller explores the life of a vampire on a Mars-like colony as she struggles to hide her true nature.
On the rosy sands of a distant Earth colony, Sabella lives a quiet life in her isolated home—carefully hiding her vampirism from society.
Sabella may not be undead, but she is painfully allergic to sunlight, possesses supernatural strength and speed, and feeds on fresh blood. In her youth, Sabella seduced a number of men, killing them all for fear of discovery. But with age comes control, and Sabella has sworn off of drinking human blood.
After four years of staying clean, Sabella receives an invitation to her Aunt Cassi's funeral—along with several thousand credits to ensure she attends the reading of the will. But when Sabella arrives at the funeral, she discovers that the funds were a ruse. Before her death, Cassi—a devout Christian Revivalist—discovered the truth about Sabella and tasked her manservant, John Trim, to hunt Sabella down. Trim hires private investigator Sand Vincent to get close to Sabella and suss out the truth.
But Sand is only human—and Sabella anything but. As Sand becomes enthralled by Sabella's charm, Sabella must combat her own instincts to keep him alive—and society's suspicions away.
About the Author
Tanith Lee was a legend in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. She was the winner of multiple World Fantasy Awards, a British Fantasy Society Derleth Award, the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Acheivement in Horror, among others. She passed away in 2015.
Praise for Sabella
"I read Sabella and the Blood Stone by Tanith Lee—and Tanith is a beautiful writer." —Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Queen of Nothing
"Lee evokes a raw sensuality, an alien seductiveness, which draws you in and haunts you and makes you want her books to never end. Her words are dark and beautiful and lovely, and tease you on an intellectual level." —Books Without Any Pictures
"It's vampires on Mars; it's fun. Give it a go if you liked Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, or C.L Moore's 'Shambleau'." —Purple Prose Archive