Listing of published works

Bibliography – Tina Rath

(work in progress – images to follow)

Mr McNaughton’s Client                  Catholic Fireside, 1983

The Fetch                                                   The 19th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories    Fontana, 1983                  ed. R Chetwynd Hayes

                                                                       Reprinted in Great Ghost Stories , Carroll and Graf, 2004 ed R Chetwynd Hayes & Steve Jones

 

Tigerlady                                                   Yellow Advertiser Ghost Story Competition Winner, 1983

 

End of Season                                     Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 1983

Fifth Sense                                          17th Fontana Book of Horror Stories, 1984 ed. Mary Danby

 

Devil to Pay                                           Yellow Advertiser Winner, 1984

 

 

 

The Lady Who Rode the Central Line           Amazing, January 1985

 

A Visit to Blastings Manor                                 Yellow Advertiser Winner 1985

Reprinted in  All Hallows 1, 1989, Barbara and Christopher Roden

Night Out                                                              Woman’s Realm, Oct 1985

                 Reprinted Halloween, Prime Books, October 2011, ed Paula Guran

 

 

Miss Massingberd and the Vampire      Woman’s Realm, 1986

                                                                  Reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women,  Robinson, 2001, ed Ingrid Pitt and Steve    Jones

 

The Godmother                                  Ghosts and Scholars, 8, 1986, Rosemary Pardoe

Reprinted in         Year’s Best Horror Stories, 15,1987, ed Karl Edward Wagner

The Succubus                                                 Close to the Edge, March 1988

The Maiden                                                    Close to the Edge

Deep and Crisp and Even                              Yellow Advertiser Winner, Jan 1991

School Trip                                                     Yellow Advertiser Winner, Jan 1991

The Governess                                               Ghosts and Scholars, 18, 1994 ed. Rosemary Pardoe

Traditional Christmas                                   Lady Stanhope’s MS and other supernatural  Tales, Ashtree Press, 1994 ed Barbara Roden

The Boleithen Experiment                            Visionary Tongue, 2, 1995/6 ed. Eloise Coquio

 

Work Experience                                           All Hallows, 11, 1996, ed. Barbara Roden

Catching on                                                    Bella, April 1996

 

Lucky for Some                                              Best, 1996

Candlemagic                                                   All Hallows, 14 1997, ed Barbara Roden

Rubies and Diamonds                                    All Hallows, 16 1997, ed Barbara Roden

The Fate of Miss Stone                                 Visionary Tongue, May, 1997, ed Eloise Coquio

“Father” O’Flynn and the Fressingfold        Midnight Never Comes, Ashtree Press, 1997

Friezes

Chosen Girl                                                    Visionary Tongue, Spring, 1998, ed Eloise Coquio

 

James                                                             All Hallows, 18 1998, Barbara Roden

Disco Dolly                                                     Enigmatic Tales, Spring 1999, ed Maynard & Sims

 

A Study in Black and White                          Ghosts and Scholars 29, ed Rosemary Pardoe

The Pied Piper of Milltown                            All Hallows, 25, October 2000, ed Barbara Roden

Mr Manpferdit                                               Strange Tales, Tartarus Press 2000 ed Rosalie Parker

Frog                                                                Awesome Comic Fantasy, Carroll & Graf, 2001 ed Mike Ashley

Vacant Possession                             Supernatural Tales, Spring 2001, ed. David Longhorn

 

The Case of the Vanishing                Dark Horizons, 2001 ed Debbie Bennett

Satanist

Talking to Strangers in                      Dark Horizons, 2002 ed Debbie Bennett

Finsbury Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Co-Walker                                  Darkness Rising: Hideous Dreams, ed. Maynard & Sims  2002

A Chimaera in my Wardrobe:           Supernatural Tales, Autumn 2002, ed David Longhorn

Incident in Ramillies Gardens

Mailorder Bride                                 Dark Horizons, 2003 ed Debbie Bennett

 

Chimaera 2: In the Museum Supernatural Tales, 6, 2003, David Longhorn

 

Mr Polkington                                    All Hallows, 37, 2004, Barbara Roden

 

A Trick of the Dark                           The Mammoth Book of Vampires, Robinson, 2004, Steve Jones

The Azbooka-klassika publishing house in St. Petersburg has issued the revised 2004 edition of the best-selling THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRES as a beautiful 900-page hardcover.

And A Trick of the Dark was reprinted in:

Reprinted in:                                         Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, 18, 2005, St Martin’s  Griffin, ed Ellen Datlow, Gavin J Grant, Kelly Link

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, 16, 2005, ed. Steve Jones

Vampires:the recent Undead, Prime Books 2011 ed Paula Guran

Chimaera 3: A Strong Look              Supernatural Tales, 9, 2005, David Longhorn

Chimaera 4: Stage Struck                 Supernatural Tales, 10, 2006, David Longhorn

 

Tea Dance                                          The Silent Companion, Spring 2007 ed. Clive Ward

Chimaera 6: The Tump                      The Silent Companion, 2008, ed Clive Ward

Voyage Home                                     The Silent Companion, Spring 2008 ed Clive Ward

The Silent Companion is the journal of the literary society  A Ghostly Company

 

Chimaera 5: Trouble with the Hob  Supernatural Tales, 16, 2009, ed David Longhorn

 

Extended Family                                Exotic Gothic 3, Tartarus Press 2009, Danel Olson
Top of Form

 
 
 

 

“It’s White and it Follows Me”         Strange Tales 3, Tartarus Press, 2009 ed. Rosalie Parker

Best Friends                                       Fang Tales, Wyvern Press, 2011, ed. Berni Stevens

 

Beautiful Boy                                     Full Fathom Forty, BFS, 2011 ed. David J Howe

 

Bottom of Form

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ilona                                                    Supernatural Tales, 23, 20013 ed David Longhorn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORIES CO-WRITTEN WITH TONY RATH

 

Mirror Mirror                        Weird Tales, Winter, 1992/3

Conspiracy Theory     More Shakespearean Whodunits,  Robbins, 1998, ed Mike Ashley

Belle                           Weird Tales, Spring 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Killed Fair Rosamund? Royal Whodunits, Robinson, 1999 ed Mike Ashley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aftermath                                           Weird Tales, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casualties of the System                   Eighth Black Book of Horror Mortbury Press, Ed Charles Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

 

Dracula: With a New Introduction (The Paranormal) by Bram Stoker and Tina Rath (1 Oct 2012)

 

 

An eBook edition of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula with a new extended introduction on vampire myths and legends by leading vampire expert Dr Tina Rath. The introduction explores the development of Vampire myths and legends from early sixteenth-century stories to the current teenage vampire obsession evinced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Twilight series of books and films.
From Arnold Paul, an allegedly real vampire of the sixteenth-century, to Lord Byron’s physician Dr John Polidori who created the vampire Lord Ruthven, to Camilla, Brunhilda and Varney, who all made their contributions to our picture of the vampire, the picture was completed by Dracula when it was published in 1897. Tina Rath explores our impressions of vampires throughout the ages in books, on stage and on screen, as well discussing the origins of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Dracula is probably the best-known, least-read horror novel in the English (or possibly any other) language. Say ‘Dracula’ and we all know what we mean: the handsome Master Vampire with sleek dark hair forming a widow’s peak on his forehead, a black cloak, possibly lined with red silk, over faultless evening dress, fangs and photophobia. What we will almost certainly not visualise is Stoker’s vision of Dracula. Tina explains why.

Read the opening paragraph here:

Dracula is probably the best-known, least-read horror novel in the English (or possibly any other language). Say ‘Dracula’ and we all know what we mean: the handsome Master Vampire with sleek dark hair forming a widow’s peak on his forehead, a black cloak, possibly lined with red silk, over faultless evening dress, fangs, and photophobia. What we will almost certainly not visualise is “a tall man, with a long brown beard and a great black hat, which seemed to hide his face from us,” or even “a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere.”  But these are the initial glimpses that Jonathan Harker, and so the reader, have of Stoker’s Dracula. In the first he is disguised as his own coachman when he arrives at the head of the Borgo Pass to drive Harker, to his castle, in the second he appears  as Jonathan’s courteous, but already somewhat disturbing host. Apart from his exceptional height, the first thing that Jonathan notices about him is that “long white moustache”. But if you Google for images of Dracula, you will find very few moustaches (though you will find a Dracula Donald Duck, identified by his cloak and fangs – neither of which characterise Stoker’s Dracula) and most of those moustaches will ornament the upper lips either of Bram Stoker himself, or by the portrait of Vlad III, Voivode of Wallachia (not taken from life), a portrait which has influenced only a tiny amount of Dracula imagery. And even here Vlad’s moustache is dark. Only Christopher Lee, in Jess Franco’s 1970 film El Conde Dracula appears with the authentic white moustache, until rejuvenated by blood.

Published by David and Charles, Oct 2012

Available from Amazon.

Amazon review: “Informative and fun…”

A Chimaera in my Wardrobe by Rath, Tina and Grieve, Malcolm (4 Mar 2013)

 A collection of short fantasy stories for the 21st century, told by a gentle little monster with a penchant for happy endings. He introduces policemen, mummies, bikers, vampires, background artistes, fantasy figures like a stage-struck devil and a successful author as well as an unusual take on some fairy stories you thought you knew… ideal for commuters each section is complete in itself, but the story of the chimaera itself will carry you through to the end.

When a small chimaera appears in her wardrobe – probably accidentally packed up at the end of long day on a film set, the narrator, who is spending a long hot summer in a rented attic, working as an SA while writing her masterpiece and waiting for her true love to return from his world trip – is only mildly surprised. She agrees to let him stay and he tells her stories in lieu of rent, stories featuring such characters as Sergeant Prendergast, an ordinary policeman with some rather unusual friends including the Queen of Elphame and a sexy young gorgon, a hob with a grievance, an avatar of the Moon goddess, a stage-struck devil, plus fairy tales which tell you what really happened to the Frog Prince, and the truth behind Rumplestiltskin. Each story is complete in itself, and ideal for those boring commutes, but readers will have to wait for the end of the book to find out if the narrator ever does finish writing her novel, if her true love does come home, and what ultimately happens to the chimaera.

Available from Amazon in Kindle, and, from August 5th 1213 as a large print hardback edition published by AudioGO Ltd, printed by Chivers

Read the first few pages here:

A CHIMAERA IN MY WARDROBE

 I found the chimaera hiding in a corner of my wardrobe one evening in early summer.

            I was doing free-lance work as an SA (“supporting artiste”) and model, and selling the odd short story to support myself while I wrote my novel. My One True Love was back-packing around the world with a video camera, in a belated gap-year, with the idea was that he would, on his return, find a job, while editing his travel footage into something marketable. And then we would set up house together and live happily ever after.

I had just been told to present myself at a certain film location at seven o’clock the next morning, with three completely different outfits: smart/casual, business like and “funky”. No one at my agency was able to explain quite what “funky” meant, so I decided to interpret it as  “peculiar” and I mounted an expedition into the far reaches of my wardrobe to find something odd enough.

            And instead I found the chimaera.

 I knew it was a chimaera because it had a lion’s head, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail, just as the Classical Dictionary describes it. It was quite a small monster. The lion’s head was not much bigger than a good-sized cat, although the mane, of course, made it look larger. The goat’s body included the forelegs, but there were no back legs: the body tapered off into a scaly snake’s tail. That bit looked rather like the pictures you sometimes see of Capricorn, with a goat’s body and fishy tail. It had managed to fold itself into quite a small space, where it huddled, looking rather pathetic and more than a little transparent. I supposed it must have originated on some film set or casting studio, forming out of the broken dreams and strange imaginings that infest such places and frequently coalesce into even weirder forms.

Somehow, at the end of a busy day I must have gathered it up and packed it with my clothes, tarot cards, paperback, embroidery, notebook and mobile phone and brought it home without noticing. I might have left it in peace in my wardrobe, but I fancied that it was exuding a faint, cloudy dampness, which would do my clothes no good.  I went to the kitchen, and found some stale sponge fingers, and broke them up to make a trail from the wardrobe to my sitting room, hoping that hunger might induce it to follow them.  

Sure enough, I had hardly packed everything for the next day in my bag, when I heard a faint crunching sound, and the chimaera came softly into the room, nibbling and nosing delicately at the biscuits. It seemed to manage its goat’s legs and snake’s tail quite easily, balancing on its front hooves, and carrying the tail in a coil over its back like a scorpion. I offered it a small saucer of herb tea, and it lapped a little, gratefully, I thought.  Its tongue was the soft clean pink of a kitten’s. The sponge fingers and the tea had helped to firm it up a little, and it began to look quite solid. You could now see what colour it was. The lion part was a very light blonde which blended seamlessly into a white goat bit, the hooves were pink, and the tail had nacreous pink and golden scales. Its eyes were just that shade of that deep red amber which is called ‘cherry colour’ and the pupils were not slit, like an animal’s, but round and human. It was really quite attractive, even if you were queasy about snakes. When it had finished the tea it turned its little lion head towards me and said, “Thank you,” in a small, breathy voice.

I jumped slightly, spilling some of my tea. “I didn’t know that chimaeras could talk,” I said.

“Oh, yes,” it replied, “I think you’ll find that all we fabulous monsters are quite good conversationalists. Look at the sphinx.” 

I remembered that the sphinx could not only speak, but was quite famous for asking rather clever riddles. Of course it then strangled or ate the people who couldn’t answer them, but the chimaera did not seem at all fierce or dangerous. Indeed I felt I should apologise for forgetting that monsters could speak but it politely waved my apology aside with a delicate front hoof. It told me that it had indeed come from some film-set but it could not remember which. It was quite happy in my wardrobe, but it would be happier still if I would permit it to use my sitting room at such times as I was not using it myself. I did not like to ask how long it intended to stay, but perhaps it could read my thoughts, as it assured me that it would probably not last the summer. It would either dissipate, “quite painlessly,” as it reassured me, or, perhaps mutate into a more socially acceptable shape.

I was quite happy to allow it to use the sitting room. It seemed a gentle, rather companionable creature, with a great deal of quiet charm, but I did wonder about its dietary requirements. Its teeth, although small, and pearly, looked rather sharp. Again, it reassured me before I could ask. As a mythological creature, it said, it could live – indeed preferred to live – on cloud vapour and honey dew (although the sponge biscuits had been very welcome) – the first was readily available from my sitting-room window (I lived, at the time, in a very high attic), and the latter, in the form of diluted honey, I undertook to supply.

“I would, of course, like to pay some rent,” said the chimaera when we had settled that it need only retire to the wardrobe when I had visitors. I assured it that rent would not be necessary, but curiosity drove me to inquire about the currency it had in mind.

“I could tell you stories,” said the chimaera. “If you like.”

 Amazon reviews say: “Enchanting…”…”Delightful…” “Adorable and intriguing…” “A gem of a read…”

BFS Review:

A CHIMAERA IN MY WARDROBE by Tina Rath, self-published , ebook, £3.40

Reviewed by Stewart Horn

A young struggling writer/ actress/ model finds a genuine mythical beast in her wardrobe one day and agrees to let it stay. In lieu of rent it tells her stories. This is the framing device for a wonderful collection in which the titular chimaera tells the un-named protagonist stories that reflect her current situation. They are mainly light and comic in tone, and often have an up-beat and reassuring message.

As you might expect, the tales feature mythical beings and fairy tales, but with a modern sensibility. One features the goddess Artemis in a contemporary suburban situation, and introduces us to splendid characters Sergeant Prendergast and PC Oliver. Then two ancient Egyptian lovers find each other in a museum after 2,000 years. There is a gloriously perverse take on ‘The Frog Prince’, and a demon with fantastic supernatural powers who is still trying to get a break in show business.

There is a biker gang that includes gods and titans – they attend a very strange art exhibition; a sad and beautiful retelling of Rumplestiltskin, and my personal favourite ‘The Tump’, a wholly comic piece in which the queen of the fairies meets a stern puritan minister.

So much of what I read explores the darkest aspects of humanity. By comparison, this is a delight, making me smile often, and causing people on the train to wonder what I’m laughing at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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