Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.
(? - ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Twisted Distaff" in Whispers of Wickedness for December 2004; in her earlier stories, most of which transact various genres (but not sf) with gonzo elatedness, she usually signed her name Liza Granville. Until the Skies Fall (2009) as Liza Granville, however, is sf; in a Near Future Britain devastated by unexplained catastrophes, and where the consequences of ungoverned Genetic Engineering have contributed to the general chaos, the protagonist embarks on a Fantastic Voyage through the dismantled land in search of an answer: which may be chimerical. Under her full name, Gretel and the Dark (2014) Equipoisally juxtaposes fantasy and Alternate History, with the story that its protagonist Krysta seems to occupy at the heart of World War Two, in what gradually reveals itself to be a concentration camp, interweaving with the story of her seeming Doppelganger, the Android Lilie, whose search in 1899 for the Monster she must kill evokes associations with Kate Atkinson's Life After Life (2013) and Jerry Yulsman's Elleander Morning (1984) (see Holocaust Fiction). As with some of Lavie Tidhar's darker work set in the twentieth century, Gretel and the Dark generates a sense that its characters hold desperately onto the stories they live (or perhaps only tell) in order to magic away, though not for ever, some intolerable abyss. [JC]
born Worcester, Worcestershire
- Until the Skies Fall (Wigan, Lancashire: BeWrite Books, 2009) as Liza Granville [pb/]
- Gretel and the Dark (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2014) [hb/Philippe Sainte-Landy]
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