Monday 2 November 2020

RIP Rachel Caine

Popular urban fantasy author Rachel Caine has sadly passed away at the age of 58.

Rachel Caine was the pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, who also published under the names Ian Hammel and Julie Fortune. Her first novel, Stormriders, a tie-in with the Shadow World roleplaying game, was published in 1990. She published original fiction under her own name as well as a Stargate SG-1 novel.

She relaunched her career in 2003 as Rachel Caine with the Weather Warden adult urban fantasy series. Under the same name she also wrote the Red Letter Days urban fantasy duology and the YA Morganville Vampires series, her best-known and most successful work. She also wrote the Outcast Season, Revivalist, Honors, Great Library and Stillhouse Lake series, along with a large output of short fiction. A prolific author, she wrote 58 novels and cumulatively sold several million books during her career.

Caine was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, a type of cancer, in 2018, and publicly chronicled her battle with the disease on Twitter, winning tremendous amounts of support. She passed away yesterday and is survived by her husband, to whom we pass our condolences.

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