Dilvish, the Damned

Dilvish, the Damned is a collection of fantasy stories by American writer Roger Zelazny, first published in 1982. Its contents were originally published as a series of separate short stories in various fantasy magazines. Prior to publication, Zelazny's working title for the book was Nine Black Doves.[1] The working title was later re-used for the fifth volume of The Collected Short Stories of Roger Zelazny collection, as a tribute to Dilvish.[2] The storyline begun in this collection was resolved in the novel The Changing Land, which was published before the other Dilvish stories appeared in book form.

Dilvish, the Damned
Cover of first edition (paperback)
AuthorRoger Zelazny
IllustratorMichael Herring
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy novel, short stories
PublisherDel Rey
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Followed byThe Changing Land 

Plot summary

Dilvish is the descendant of both elves and humans, a scion of a prominent Elven house and "the Human House that hath been stricken" which lost its peerage for mixing Elven and Human blood. Hundreds of years before the main story, he comes across a dark ritual being performed by the sorcerer Jelerak who is sacrificing a human girl. He attempts to stop the ritual but is turned into stone, with his soul banished to Hell. His body became a statue, and for many decades it resided within the square of a nearby town that he had formerly saved from enemy conquerors. When this town is again in need of a hero, their citizens' plight allows Dilvish the passage he needed to escape from Hell. He returns to the world of the living with his steed, the metal demon horse Black, and a burning desire for revenge against Jelerak, but must first repulse the assault against the endangered town. Dilvish then goes to call upon the Shoredan - a cursed people bound to his family. He searches for Jelerak in the Tower of Ice and finds the sorcerer's apprentice and his sister trapped there. The two of them believe him to be a servant of Jelerak sent to kill them.


The original short story sequence comprising Dilvish, the Damned was originally published as follows:

  • "Passage to Dilfar" (Fantastic Stories of Imagination, February 1965)
  • "Thelinde's Song" (Fantastic Stories of Imagination, June 1965)
  • "The Bells of Shoredan" (Fantastic, March 1966)
  • "A Knight for Merytha" (Eternity SF v. 1, no. 3, 1974)
  • "The Places of Aache" (Other Worlds 2, January 1980)
  • "A City Divided" (first published in this collection, 1982)
  • "The White Beast" (Whispers 13-14, October 1979)
  • "Tower of Ice" (Flashing Swords! #5: Demons and Daggers, Dec. 1981)
  • "Devil and the Dancer" (first published in this collection, 1982)
  • "Garden of Blood" (The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 6, November 1980)
  • "Dilvish, the Damned" (first published in this collection, 1982)


Dilvish, the Damned was a 1982 Locus nominee.


  1. ^ Carter, Lin. Imaginary Worlds: the Art of Fantasy, New York, Ballantine Books, 1973, p. 154.
  2. ^ http://www.nesfa.org/press/Books/Zelazny-5.html
1982 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1982.

Eternity SF

Eternity SF, also known as Eternity Science Fiction and Eternity, was a semi-professional science fiction magazine published by Stephen Gregg out of Sandy Springs, South Carolina. The magazine was issued from 1972–1975 and was briefly revived from 1979-1980. It contained stories from famous writers such as Orson Scott Card, Glen Cook, Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazny.

Roger Zelazny bibliography

This is a partial bibliography of American science fiction and fantasy author Roger Zelazny (missing several individual short stories published in collections).

The Changing Land

The Changing Land is fantasy novel by American writer Roger Zelazny, first published in 1981. The novel resolves the storyline from the various Dilvish, the Damned short stories (collected in 1982 as Dilvish, the Damned). It was nominated for the Locus Award

Elements of the story intentionally reflect the work of H. P. Lovecraft, Frank Belknap Long, and William Hope Hodgson, including the Hounds of Tindalos, here called the "Hounds of Thandalos", The House on the Borderland, and the appearance of the Old Gods.


Underwood–Miller Inc. was a science fiction and fantasy small press specialty publishing house in San Francisco, California, founded in 1976. It was founded by Tim Underwood, a San Francisco book and art dealer, and Chuck Miller, a Pennsylvania used book dealer, after the two had met at a convention.

Underwood and Miller chose to begin with a first hardcover edition of The Dying Earth by Jack Vance. This was a classic fantasy novel never done in hardcover. Both Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. and Mirage Press had tried to publish The Dying Earth but had failed to obtain the rights. Underwood was acquainted with Vance and was able to secure the rights directly from him. Vance was enthusiastic, had several other projects in mind, and became the author most identified with the press. In the next few years they produced a number of Vance hardcovers, many of them new to boards as well as a few reprints of scarce, early Vance hardcovers.

The press then diversified and began publishing works by other authors such as Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg and Roger Zelazny. In several such cases, the books in question printed recently done stories that either appeared only in magazine form or only in paperback, with no previous hardcover edition.

In 1994, Underwood and Miller decided to dissolve the partnership. As their last book, they reprinted The Dying Earth.

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