Rahul Sharma

Candles for Elizabeth

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Originally published  1998
Author  CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan
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Genres  Horror, Speculative fiction
Similar  The Drowning Girl, Alabaster, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, To Charles Fort - with Love

Candles for Elizabeth (ISBN 0-9658345-8-1) is fantasist Caitlin R. Kiernan's first chapbook, released in 1998 by Meisha Merlin Publishing, shortly before the release of Kiernan's debut novel, Silk. It includes an introduction by Poppy Z. Brite. The contents of this chapbook were later incorporated into Kiernan's first short-story collection, Tales of Pain and Wonder. The author provided afterwords for each story, discussing their inspiration. According to an interview conducted by Jessa Crispin, the title is a reference to the suicide of Kiernan's close friend, Elizabeth Tillman Aldridge, in 1995. Kiernan's Alabaster, written in 2006, is dedicated to Aldridge as well. These stories were later included in Kiernan's first short-fiction collection, Tales of Pain and Wonder (Gauntlet, 2000).


  • Introduction (by Poppy Z. Brite)
  • "The Last Child of Lir"
  • "A Story for Edward Gorey"
  • "Postcards from the King of Tides"
  • References

    Candles for Elizabeth Wikipedia

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