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Kill the Dead (Blood Stone #1)

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Out of the dusk he comes striding, the stranger, the man in black, inevitable as death itself: Parl Dro—Ghost Slayer.

Some have bought his services for gold, and some have blessed him for his work. But not everyone welcomes an exorcist who will remorselessly deprive them of their beloved dead.

Dro began his vocation at an early age. And now he will not be turned aside, no ma

Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 2nd 1980 by DAW (first published 1980)
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N Oelle
It wasn't as pleasurably un-traditional, and elaborately inventive as others of my favorite Tanith books, but it was very classy, and classic. The lovable characters and commitment to the strong driving goals of the plot line really give you a reason to care about the events in the novel. One small complaint, although it was supposedly a horror novel and was compared to the Exorcist, it was not at all frightening. It was more of a supernatural, phantasmal fantasy romp than a horror novel. That b ...more
I really ought to read more by Tanith Lee! I always say that every time I read something by her, but then a year or more slips by before I get around to reading her again.

This reminds me a little of a lot of different books.

It reminds me a bit of Manly Wade Wellman's John the Balladeer series. It reminds me a bit of The Riddle Master of Hed, for some reason, though I can't quite figure out why... It reminds me (in retrospect) of (view spoiler) for obvious reasons
Like much of Tanith Lee's work, Kill the Dead has an interesting, somewhat mythological premise that is than grounded in the actions of i's characters. It feels, on some levels, like a fairy-tale or ghost-story expanded and told in proper prose form.

It is the tale of an Excorcist, a Killer of the Dead, who persues his task with fanatical devotion, and ultimately what that task means and how it affects the people around him. It brings interesting questions to the for; He views Ghosts as unnatural
Leila Anani
Horror/Fantasy – Parl Dro is an exorcist on his way to Ghyste Mourna a mysterious haunted village. On his way he meets a strange minstral Myal Lemyal and Ciddey Soban a half-mad witch who lives with the ghost of her dead sister. Just how are these characters lives entwined? Very good plot twist that I didn't see coming.

• Life/Death
• Nature of “self”
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• Family relationships
This has to be one of the most enjoyable single novels Tanith Lee has written. It's dark, cutting, & laced with Lee's very dry wit, & is quite an adventure into the realm of the dead.
Avis Black
Lee's funniest fantasy novel. Recommended.
David Elsensohn
This is a gratifying departure from the typical fantasy tale. Parl Dro is crippled, mysterious, ethereally good-looking and attractive to women, has a talent for hunting down and exterminating ghosts for no real reason, and is brooding and arrogant to boot. Yet he is interesting to follow around, and very nearly sympathetic.

The other narrative focalizer is an abused musician named Myal, who finds himself wrapped up in Dro’s journey. He can be irritating but consistent in his growth and attitude,
Если честно, то это небольшой трюк, потому что эту книгу я прочитала очень давно, но только сегодня вспомнила о ней-=)
Развязка, как и в Кровавом камне, весьма неожиданна. И это единственное, что я вообще оттуда запомнила) По накалу сюжета и неожиданности прямо могу сравнить с игрой Bioshok infinity. Наверное, перечитала бы еще раз, если бы не помнила сюжет)
Melissa McCauley
If you do a bit of a mental squint and use your imagination to smooth out the rough edges, this is a pretty good story. To put it in movie terms: it’s like LadyHawke meets The Sixth Sense.

Parl Dro is a handsome ghost killer - he releases the undead who are clinging to the living and sends them to their final destination. Everything changes when Parl stops in a little town to deal with a pair of sisters, Cilny and Ciddey, one dead and one living. There his destiny is joined to the roguish pick-p
The 1980 novel KILL THE DEAD is a perfect introduction to Tanith Lee’s writing in the Gothic mode. The short novel has all of her hallmarks: two tortured Byronic anti-heroes, a beautiful witch antagonist and a plot that is full of twists that allude to and subvert literary tropes. The novel concerns the mordantly humored exorcist Parl Dro, and his dealings with a hapless musician and a vengeful female lich (an undead sorceress). The prose is lovely and musical, full of rich imagery that incorpor ...more
Otis Campbell
Dead man, dead man
When will you arise?
Cobwebs in your mind
Dust upon your eyes

Lisa (Harmonybites)
Parl Dro is a killer of the dead--he releases the spirits of ghosts who refuse to depart the living. And one woman is not happy when he does so to her sister. She then dogs his steps, and a minstrel dogs her steps as Dro makes his way to a ghost city. Not a horror book in the scary, creepy sense and this is among Tanith Lee's more comedic books, laden with plenty of humor and wit--and with her sensuous, lyrical prose. A short book that reads quickly you could down in one sitting--and with a neat ...more
A great read, lent out my original copy back in the day. So was so pleased to see a re-issue from fantastic books. Ordered on online and devoured it in two days. It had still got the good story and characters that I remembered. And as the two main characters are based on Avon & Villa from Blake's 7 it was easy to put voice's to the men.
Steven Fowler
This was my first Tanith Lee book and I must say it was brilliant. I don't want to comment anymore so as not to spoil it for others...
This books was great! It had a really surprising twist at the end. I can't wait to review it.
Josh Karaczewski
More of Tanith Lee's hypnotic writing and ingratiating characters - with a great twist at the end.
One of the most perfectly written books of all time...I just love everything about it.
Poetic girl-goth dark-fantasy yumminess at its best.
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Tanith Lee is a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She is the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She has also written four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a
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