Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Andrews, Virginia C

(1923-1986) US writer and painter, author of several bestselling Psychological Thrillers. There is a sense of almost supernatural Bondage in the primal setting that defines her best-known sequence, the Dollanganger Children series – Flowers in the Attic (1979), Petals on the Wind (1980), If There Be Thorns (1981), Seeds of Yesterday (1984) and Garden of Shadows (1987), the last being completed by Andrew Neiderman (1940-    ). The children, imprisoned in an attic by their evil mother, create a private universe in their heated imaginations. Flowers in the Attic was filmed in 1987.

Neiderman, himself a noted Horror writer, has since written solo a number of further books, the more recent of them being signed "The New Virginia Andrews". The publisher's and estate's 1990 claim that the ghosted titles had been completed or almost completed in haste by VCA before her death was dismissed as merely "promotional" in a 1994 US court ruling on federal estate taxation based on the value of the Andrews name [see links below]. [JC]

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Virginia Cleo Andrews

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This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.