PRODIGAL. [New York]: A Dell Book, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. The author's first novel. "A haunting novel that brilliantly delineates the emotional turmoil of adolescence and anticipates Tem's REVENANT (1994) in its depiction of grief as a emotion of near-supernatural intensity. Like her werewolf novel WILDING (1992) and vampire tale DESMODUS (1995), it is a provocative revisionist treatment of a classic horror theme." - Barron, ed., Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-366. Co-winner of the Bram Stoker award. An early title in Dell's "Abyss" horror series. "In her anthology BLOOD IS NOT ENOUGH (1989), Ellen Datlow showed that most groundbreaking work in the modern vampire tale since Fritz Leiber’s 'The Girls with the Hungry Eyes' (1949) has come about through imaginative reworking of the relationship between the victim and the victimizer. To this small body of innovative fiction, must now be added Melanie Tem’s PRODIGAL, a remarkably subtle tale of vampirism that also ingenuously rehabilitates the cliché of the imperiled child." - Stefan Dziemianowicz, Necrofile: The Review of Horror Literature #1 (1991), p. 8. A fine copy. (#158493).
"June 1991 / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.