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Hazel, Paul

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1944-    ) US author whose Finnbranch Trilogy makes use of some sf devices, though it is primarily a Celtic fantasy about a hero – and underworld god – named Finn, told in a dense, difficult style which nevertheless has very considerable power. The first two volumes, Yearwood (1980) and Undersea (1982), are moderately orthodox, though recounted with unconventional intensity, but the third, Winterking (1985), is set in an Alternate-History version of a contemporary America riven by the numinous presence of gods and threatened by terminal transformation; in this respect the book resembles John Crowley's Little, Big (1981). All three volumes have been assembled as The Finnbranch (omni 1986). The Wealdwife's Tale (1993) is fantasy. [For Paul Hazel and Into the Woods see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below.] [JC]

see also: Gods and Demons.

Paul E Hazel

born Bridgeport, Connecticut: 1 July 1944




  • Yearwood (Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company, 1980) [Finnbranch Trilogy: hb/David Palladini]
  • Undersea (Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company, 1982) [Finnbranch Trilogy: hb/David Palladini]
  • Winterking (New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985) [Finnbranch Trilogy: hb/David Palladini]
    • The Finnbranch (London: Sphere Books, 1986) [omni of the above three: Finnbranch Trilogy: pb/]

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