Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Lee-Hamilton, Eugene

(1845-1907) Writer of English descent who, like his half-sister Vernon Lee, resided in Europe. He is remembered mainly for The Lord of the Dark Red Star: Being the Story of the Supernatural Influences in the Life of an Italian Despot of the Thirteenth Century (1903), a Dark Fantasy whose protagonist descends to Hell to strike a bargain there with Iblis, who had fathered him on a Witch. Once the bargain is broken – by which token Death wins the Game he has been conducting with Sin – the protagonist is killed. In The Romance of the Fountain (1905) the discovery in the New World of perpetual youth proves (as usual) to be a barbed gift (> Fountain of Youth). [JC]

Eugene Lee-Hamilton


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