She Walks in Darkness

by Evangeline Walton

A gorgeous Tuscan villa harboring a terrible secret houses this beautifully harrowing adventure of ancient mystery and modern intrigue.

Archaeologist Richard Keyes and his resourceful young bride, Barbara, are expecting a blissful honeymoon in a welcoming new country. But from the moment they arrive in their secluded new home, circumstances conspire against them.

The key to an ages-old mystery lies in the catacombs under the villa, in a familial conflict reawakened after generations of sacrifice, betrayal, and madness. This first publication of a newly discovered jewel from a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winner is sure to please readers of all genres.


“A good old-fashioned gothic suspense story […] there is considerable charm in this old-fashioned hair-raiser, and Walton’s focus on history and myth is distinctive […] rich in historical detail, with a peculiar flavor all its own.”


“[Evangeline Walton has the] ability to humanize historical and mythological subjects with eloquence, humor, and compassion.”

Fantasy Review

“The book’s a small miracle in prose. A tightly-controlled, first-person narrative of a terrifying experience in a remote Italian villa […] Walton’s compression, her economy is brilliant […] Deftly done. The Da Vinci Code’s Dan Brown also could learn something from her handling of big, historical enigmas.”

Call of the Siren

“They don’t write ‘em like this any more. Thoughtfully resurrected and beautifully presented by Tachyon, Evangeline Walton’s SHE WALKS IN DARKNESS is quite literally an artifact […] It is a meticulously crafted, utterly gorgeous creation that is intrinsically of its time and place, and which could not have been created by anyone, anywhen or anywhere else.”

Sleeping Hedgehog

“The writing is fluent and atmospheric, and the reader gets a few nice surprises along the way. A solid read for anyone who likes gothic horror.”

I Heart Books

“Driven by unceasing suspense and intriguing historical mysteries, this Gothic adventure simply won’t let you stop reading it.”

Tim Powers, Author of World Fantasy Award-winner The Bible Repairman

“For those of us who loved Evangeline Walton’s lyrical and energetic quartet retelling the Four Branches of The Mabinogion, her novella SHE WALKS IN DARKNESS is a startling but quite gripping change […] a remarkable gift from the past.”

Patricia A. McKillip, Author of Wonders of the Invisible World

Awards & Accolades