With more than 90 novels and 300 short stories to her credit, Tanith Lee was one of the most prolific horror and fantasy writers of her generation. She specialised in applying grotesque twists to traditional fairy tales, notably in a short story in which Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother becomes a werewolf who devours her abusive husband. In Red as Blood, the stepmother of Snow White is a good witch while her daughter is a vampire.
As a child, Lee struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia and didn't learn to read until she was eight. She gave up work as a librarian in 1975 when her novel, The Birthgrave, won a Nebula award, while a British Fantasy Award for Death's Master in 1980 cemented her reputation. In the same year she wrote two episodes of the BBC science fiction series, Blake's 7. She died of breast cancer at the age of 67.