Festival of The Imagination 1996 – Storm Constantine

Being page 4 of the January 1996 Newsletter.

Storm Constantine is 30 something, and lives in Stafford with eight cats and a husband. Apart from being a successful author and an accomplished artist, through her love of music, she has been involved with band management for many years.

Storm has written stories all her life. Her interests have always lain in the realms of the fantastical, but she was influenced by the mythology of Ancient Egypt and Greece more than by contemporary fantasy writing. After beginning – and never completing – several full-length works, Storm began work in 1985 on the first of her Wraeththu novels, The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit. This was completed in 1986 and accepted by Futura/Macdonald, finally being published in 1987. It was followed by two further Wraeththu books, The Bewitchments of Love and Hate (1988) and The Fullfilments of Fate and Desire (1989).

In 1990, Macdonald/Orbit published Storm’s fourth book, The Monstrous Regiment – a departure from the territory of the Wraeththu, though still, as her editor once put it, “quintessential Storm”. A sequel to The Monstrous Regiment – Aleph – appeared in 1991.

1991 also saw Storm moving publishers, to Headline, which Storm saw as a major step forward in her career. Storm had four happy and successful years with Headline which saw the publication of her next four books: Hermetech (1991), Burying the Shadow (1992), Sign For The Sacred (1993) and Calenture (1994). Hermetech, a favourite of Storm and her fans, was a step sideways for Storm in that it was a science fiction novel.

A change of publishers in 1994, to the exciting new Penguin/Creed imprint, has served to strengthen Storms’ outlook and career. Her first book with Creed, Stalking Tender Prey, is due to be published in November 1995. Stalking Tender Prey explores Storm’s continuing fascination with the mythology of the Fallen Angels, drawing on characters and ideas from her earlier novel, Burying The Shadow, and her short story, “A Change of Season” (which appeared in the Midnight Rose Anthology, The Weerde).

Besides her novels, Storm has had several short stories published in magazines and anthologies/collections, and both Hermetech and Burying The Shadow have been translated into German with translations into other languages planned for future.

Below this was a ‘Selected Bibliography’. As this pretty much echoes the works listed above, this has not been replicated

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