“Dunsany stands dedicated to strange and lovely worlds of fantastic beauty. To the truly imaginative he is a talisman and a key unlocking rich store houses of dreams.” —H. P. Lovecraft
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Eighteenth Baron of Dunsany, known as Lord Dunsany (1878–1957) was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist best known for his fantasy works. He published over eighty books as well as hundreds of short stories and many successful plays and essays. (In fact, he was such a popular poet in the 1920s that a line of his is quoted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel This Side of Paradise.)
Lord Dunsany lived most of his life in Ireland at Dunsany Castle and he received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College. He was also an avid chess player, and even invented an asymmetric chess variant called “Dunsany’s Chess.”
Lord Dunsany is considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin, and others.
“Dunsany’s best stories remain unique; nobody has ever been able to capture his visions or imitate his half-archaic half-straightforward style, though ghastly attempts have been made. He had a wonderful ear, as well as an accurate eye.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
Skyboat’s Stefan Rudnicki counts himself among Lord Dunsany’s fans. Upon exiting the recording booth, he proclaimed THE KING OF ELFLAND’S DAUGHTER “one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read” and praised Dunsany’s ability to sustain the fairy tale tone, repeating phrases (“the fields we know” or “the palace that may be told of only in song”) so brilliantly that neither the reader nor listener tires of them. Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media are proud to bring this elegant classic, which continues to resonate, to audio.
“Go forth,” he said, “before these days of mine are over, and therefore go in haste, and go from here eastwards and pass the fields we know, till you see the lands that clearly pertain to faery; and cross their boundary, which is made of twilight, and come to that palace that is only told of in song.”
“What do you bid me do,” said the son, “when I come to that palace?”
And his father said: “To wed the King of Elfland’s daughter.”
THE KING OF ELFLAND’S DAUGHTER by Lord Dunsany
Read by Stefan Rudnicki
A masterpiece of fantasy literature that shaped the high fantasy genre and influenced such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft
After 700 years of being ruled by man, the Parliament of Erl is ready to be ruled by a magical lord. Obeying the immemorial custom, the lord of Erl sends his son Alveric to fetch the King of Elfland’s daughter, Lirazel, to be his bride. Alveric makes his way to Elfland, where time passes at a rate far slower than the real world, wins her hand, and they return to Erl together.
Alveric and Lirazel marry and have a son, but marriage between a mortal and a fairy princess is never simple. Lirazel struggles to adapt to the customs of humans. Torn between two worlds, Lirazel must decide whether to return to her home and live forever, or remain in Erl with her husband and son, doomed to die a mortal death. Meanwhile, the King of Elfland, missing his daughter greatly and fearing her demise, must utilize his limited sources of magic in order to get her back.
The King of Elfland’s Daughter is a love story for the ages and a fairy tale in the truest sense of the word. First published in 1924, it remains one of the most beloved novels of the genre.
“No amount of mere description can convey more than a fraction of Lord Dunsany’s pervasive charm.” —H. P. Lovecraft
“In the mists before THE BEGINNING, Fate and Chance cast lots to decide whose the Game should be; and he that won strode through the mists to MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI and said: ‘Now make gods for Me, for I have won the cast and the Game is to be Mine’. Who it was that won the cast, and whether it was Fate or whether Chance that went through the mists before THE BEGINNING to MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI – none knoweth.
“Before there stood gods upon Olympus, or ever Allah was Allah, had wrought and rested MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI.”
THE DUNSANY MYTHOS by Lord Dunsany
Read by Stefan Rudnicki
Created by Skyboat Media for Blackstone Publishing, The Dunsany Mythos features the complete contents of The Gods of Pegāna and Time and the Gods in a single audiobook edition.
In The Gods of Pegāna, the first book by influential fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, Lord Dunsany invents a pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegāna and chronicles the history of their imagined universe in a series of short vignettes. It was followed by a further collection, Time and the Gods. In lush language and dreamlike prose, Lord Dunsany’s talents are on full display as he lays the groundwork for the fantasy genre.
“There hath been no rumor of it – I alone have dreamed of it, and I may not be sure that my dreams are true.”
Dunsany’s masterful works of comparative mythology inspired authors from H. P. Lovecraft to J. R. R. Tolkien to Ursula K. Le Guin, and these tales are a necessary part of any fantasy collection.
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