Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Blayre, Christopher

Pseudonym of UK academic and writer Edward Heron-Allen (1861-1943). His early works, published under his own name, include The Princess Daphne (1885), a novel involving psychic vampirism (> Vampires) written with Selina Delaro (uncredited) and A Fatal Fiddle: The Commonplace Tragedy of a Snob (1890). His academic works include the study Barnacles in Nature and in Myth (1928).

The items signed CB derive from The Purple Sapphire (coll 1921), which offers a series of tongue-in-cheek weird tales and sf stories "selected from the unofficial records of the University of Cosmopoli". The ninth and longest, The Cheetah-Girl (1923 chap), was excised by the publisher on grounds of obscenity and released in a very limited privately printed edition; four further stories, including the cream of CB's slyly sophisticated parodies, were also privately printed as Some Women of the University (coll 1932). The Strange Papers of Dr Blayre (coll 1932) augmented the contents of The Purple Sapphire with four new but relatively trivial items. [BS]

other works: Kisses of Fate: A Study of Mere Human Nature (coll 1888) as by EH-A.

Edward Heron-Allen

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