Storm Constantine, the British author known for her Wraeththu Chronicles series of fantasy novels, has died at 64, Tor.com reports.
Her death was announced on her Facebook page. “Storm was a vibrant presence; a force to be reckoned with,” the post read in part. “She was an artist and a dreamer who manifested her unique vision in her work and shared it with everyone. Writing was her passion and her impressive body of work is her legacy.”
Constantine made her literary debut in 1987 with The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, the first book in her Wraeththu trilogy, which also included The Bewitchments of Love and Hate and The Fulfillments of Fate and Desire.
Several other books would follow, including Sea Dragon Heir, Stalking Tender Prey, and The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence. A reviewer for Kirkus called the latter “triumphant…a fine exploration of ‘the other,’ and an original alternative to the same-old fantasy cluttering shelves.”
Admirers of Constantine paid tribute to her on social media. “I lost someone very dear to me this week,” Wendy Darling wrote. “Storm Constantine was my friend, my mentor, my inspiration, and my favorite author. I was privileged to edit her novels and stories for years.”
I lost someone very dear to me this week. Storm Constantine was my friend, my mentor, my inspiration, and my favorite author. I was privileged to edit her novels and stories for years. The memories I have of our time together ❤️ #stormconstantine @ImmanionPress pic.twitter.com/BqGXG81K18— Wendy Darling (@wcdarling) January 16, 2021
And author Elizabeth Bear tweeted, “Saddened to hear of Storm Constantine passing. She was kind to me once when I was a brand new pro for no reason at all except that it’s good to be kind.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.