VERA NAZARIAN immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has seen her fiction translated into eight languages.
She made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed arabesque "collage" novel DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE (2002), followed by epic fantasy about a world without color, LORDS OF RAINBOW (2003). Her novella THE CLOCK KING AND THE QUEEN OF THE HOURGLASS from PS Publishing with an introduction by Charles de Lint made the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2005. Her debut short fiction collection SALT OF THE AIR, with an introduction by Gene Wolfe, contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated "The Story of Love."
Recent work includes the 2008 Nebula Award-nominated, self-illustrated baroque fantasy novella THE DUKE IN HIS CASTLE (2008), the hilarious and surprisingly romantic Jane Austen parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES (2009), NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS (2010), PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: Mr Darcy's Dreadful Secret (2012), science fiction collection AFTER THE SUNDIAL (2010), inspirational daily reader THE PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF INSPIRATION (2010), relationship and love advice parody VAMPIRES ARE FROM VENUS, WEREWOLVES ARE FROM MARS (2012), and the Renaissance epic fantasy COBWEB BRIDE Trilogy (2013).
She is working on a number of book-length projects including QUALIFY (The Atlantis Grail Trilogy, Book One), LADY OF MONOCHROME (a sequel to LORDS OF RAINBOW), a new Compass Rose milieu novel GODS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, and the AIREALM Trilogy.
After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.
In addition to being a writer and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.
Official website: www.veranazarian.com
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In 2047 an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars to offer humanity help. But they can only save a tiny percent of Earth’s population. To be chosen, you must Qualify, or you die. Sixteen-year-old Gwen Lark is a klutzy nerd but determined to Qualify and rescue her entire family by competing in the brutal Games of the Atlantis Grail.
The world is broken… A dark Goddess rises. A mortal maiden must stop her.
COBWEB FOREST (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Three) is the third and final book of the intricate epic fantasy flavored by Renaissance history and the romantic myth of Persephone, about death’s ultimatum to the world.
In a world where no one can die, she alone can kill...
COBWEB EMPIRE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Two) is the second book of the intricate epic fantasy flavored by Renaissance history and the romantic myth of Persephone, about death’s ultimatum to the world.
Now that she’s Death’s Champion, what will Percy do?
Lore of Rainbow
Enter the one true realm of one thousand and fifty shades of grey...
How did the world without color come to be?
Discover the ancient mystery in this short story that started it all, the prequel to the monumental epic fantasy LORDS OF RAINBOW!
Many are called... She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.
COBWEB BRIDE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret
When the moon is full over Regency England, all the gentlemen are subject to its curse.
Mr. Darcy, however, harbors a Dreadful Secret...
Shape-shifting demons mingle with Australian wildlife, polite society, and high satire, in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons
From the critically-acclaimed author of MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES...
Dragons in the skies of Regency England!
Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
Everyone knows that bookstores are such enticing places, filled with the complex scent of books, periodicals, freshly ground coffee, and infinite possibilities. Wonders, secrets, and delights lurk among the stacks...
And yet, few know the real truth.
Bookstores conceal unimaginable dangers!
This very short story by two-time Nebula Award Finalist Vera Nazarian packs a very literary punch.
The Duke in His Castle
This 2008 Nebula Award Finalist novella THE DUKE IN HIS CASTLE by Nebula Award-nominated author and award-winning artist Vera Nazarian is a dark, lush, erotic fantasy in the vein of Mervyn Peake's GORMENGHAST, with interior illustrations by the author.
Three Names of the Hidden God
What occult mysteries tie together a magical disappearing lake, a courageous young birdcatcher, a hidden god, and the savage politics of an ancient kingdom?
Discover the wonders and wisdom of the Compass Rose in this new fantasy short story by two-time Nebula Award nominated author Vera Nazarian, set in the same mythic universe as her critically acclaimed novel DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE.
After the Sundial
AFTER THE SUNDIAL by two-time Nebula Award Nominee Vera Nazarian is the author's first short fiction collection that focuses specifically on science fiction works, bound by the common theme of time and temporal exploration, and can be viewed as a companion volume to her earlier collection, SALT OF THE AIR which focused on fable, myth, and fantasy.
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
THE PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF INSPIRATION:
Old Wisdom for a New World
366 Days of Insight from the Inspired.Us Blog
by Vera Nazarian
The premise is simple...
New bits of common sense, inspiration, and insight to jump-start your day. What if it inspired all of us?
The Witch Who Made Adjustments
A humorous and deeply heartwarming fantasy novelette of a witch who may not be as "terrible" as she seems -- a witch who came into a turn-of-the-century town, just a few days before Halloween, and changed the lives of the entire populace, and especially young Tommy, a hardworking boy, and his impoverished family.
Salt of the Air
An unforgettable first collection of fantasy short stories from a two-time Nebula Award Nominee and award winning artist Vera Nazarian.
"Cautionary, sensual stories of love, reversal and revenge upend fairy tale conventions in Nazarian's lush collection... Sumptuous detail, twisty plots and surprising endings lift these extravagant tales."
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
The Young Woman in a House of Old
The young girl lived in a big stone house with ivy-covered walls and with old men and women who were all her kin...
So begins a mysterious short story of a peculiar little girl growing up in a very strange house filled with antiquity and dark wonder.
Hold on to your heart.
Lords of Rainbow
In a world without color, illuminated by a silver sun, she is willing to fight for one man unto death... Another is willing to die for her.
An unrequited love...
War. Mystery. Exultation...
An epic fantasy of unspeakable wonder...
"...Strange, poignant, and exquisite.... her novel about a world without color — strange when what she writes is so colorful."
— Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass
A far future "dying earth" science fantasy tale about identity, erotic desire, flying water and a mystery...
"This is science fiction the way that Jack Vance's Dying Earth books are science fiction."
— Charles de Lint
Mayhem at Grant-Williams High
Think _your_ high school experience was Hell?
Vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghouls... and moron idiot students.
Welcome to Grant-Williams High.
(Includes Two Adventures in One Volume)
Dreams of the Compass Rose
"A clever concoction of vignettes and short stories knitted into a morality tale about the temptation of illusion and the price of truth... an exotic setting reminiscent of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series.... The author's sumptuous language will resonate with Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith fans.... Nazarian's vital themes and engaging characters are sure to entertain." (Publishers Weekly)
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