Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Devereaux, Robert

(1947-    ) US writer whose short fiction, beginning with "Fructus in Eden" for Pulphouse #9 (anth 1990) ed Kristine Kathryn Rusch, has tended to stylistically adventurous Horror. His first novel, Deadweight (1994), also ostensibly horror, perhaps suffers through its Grand-Guignol depiction of a Revenant's ornately unpleasant sexual practices; but the burden of the tale is a moderately explicit retelling of the Persephone myth. Having lost her fructifying capacity after her father rapes her, the protagonist undergoes a long Night Journey which leads eventually to both self-redemption and the salving of the world. [JC]

Robert Devereaux


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