Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Elliott, Janice

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(1931-1995) UK writer. Most of her novels – from Cave with Echoes (1962) on – lack any overt element of the Fantastic, but almost invariably they give off an ambience of the inexplicable and the menacing. Her sole sf novel, The Summer People (1980), places a cast in a holiday resort, where they remain as the polar icecaps begin to melt. Her Supernatural Fiction includes: Magic (1983), in which some characters can leave their bodies and commune with the Virgin Mary (> Goddess); Dr Gruber's Daughter (1986), which incorporates hints of Shapeshifting; The Sadness of Witches (1987), whose Witches are presented with such subtlety that the points of congress between supernatural and mundane worlds are impossible to fix; and City of Gates (1992), set in a Jerusalem guesthouse which works as a kind of Portal to a variety of epochs. The Arthurian Sword and the Dream YA sequence – The King Awakes (1987) and The Empty Throne (1988) – arouses the Once and Future King into a grim post-Holocaust UK. JE also wrote some tales for younger children, including The Birthday Unicorn (1970 chap), illustrated by Michael Foreman. [JC]

other works: The Country of her Dreams (1982), set within an ambience of the threat of nuclear war.

Janice Elliott


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.