Rosemary Edghill

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Rosemary Edghill (born 1956) is an American writer and editor. Some of her work has appeared under her original name, eluki bes shahar (lower case intentional). Her primary genres are science fiction and fantasy, but she began by writing Regency romance novels.[1]

The publishers of her first novel felt that "Eluki Bes Shahar" (her legal name at the time) sounded insufficiently English to attract readers, so she adopted the pen-name Rosemary Edghill,[1] which became her legal name in 2004.[2] Her sister, a reference librarian, writes as India Edghill.[3]

She cites some of her influences:[1]

"Too many to count. Damon Runyon and Mark Twain, for use of language. C. L. Moore and Eric Frank Russell, ditto. For storybuilding and sheer artfulness, John Le Carre. For language (again!) Margaret Atwood. For a great story, which is the First Thing in my book, John D. MacDonald, Peter O'Donnell, Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett (and we're back to the language thing again). Kipling. Poe. Clark Ashton Smith. Robert E. Howard. Robert A. Heinlein. Lovecraft. For that matter, I think I owe as much to the great editors of SF's silver age as to the writers, so here's to you: John W. Campbell, Groff Conklin, and Damon Knight."

Edghill has collaborated in writing fiction with Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey,[4] and the late Marion Zimmer Bradley.[1] Her books with Andre Norton include Shadow of Albion and Leopard in Exile.[5] Her books with Mercedes Lackey include Spirits White as Lightning and Mad Maudlin.[5]

Edghill lives in upstate New York with cats and King Charles Spaniels. She trains and shows her dogs in obedience competitions.[5]


According to Worldcat, her bibliography is as follows

Regency Romances[edit]

  • Turkish Delight (1987)
  • Two of a Kind (1988)
  • The Ill-Bred Bride (1990)
  • Fleeting Fancy (1993)

Hellflower series[edit]

The Hellflower series features Butterfly St Cyr, a female starpilot trying to make a living as a tramp cargo hauler, as she befriends Valijon Starbringer (or, as Butterfly calls him, "Tiggy Stardust") a teenage hellflower (slang for a mercenary) who is totally out of his depth.[6]

  1. Hellflower (1991)
  2. Darktraders (1992)
  3. Archangel Blues (1993)

The three were collected in: Butterfly and Hellflower (1993) Hardcover, Omnibus ed., 640 pages, Published by New York Guild America Books ISBN 9781568650487

Bast series[edit]

The Bast series features an amateur female detective who is a New York City Wiccan. They were collected in Bell, Book, and Murder.[5]

  1. Speak Daggers to Her (1994)
  2. Book of Moons (1995)
  3. The Bowl of Night (1996)

The Twelve Treasures[edit]

  1. The Empty Crown (SFBC Omnibus Edition of the three "Twelve Treasures" novels)(1997)
  2. The Sword of Maiden's Tears (1994)
  3. The Cup of Morning Shadows (1995)
  4. The Cloak of Night and Daggers (1997)


with Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Ghostlight (1995)
  • Witchlight (1996)
  • Gravelight (1997)
  • Heartlight (1998)
with Tom DeFalco
  • Time's Arrow: The Future (X-Men & Spider-Man # 3) (1998)
with Andre Norton
  • The Shadow of Albion (Carolus Rex, Bk 1) (1999)
  • Leopard in Exile (Carolus Rex, Bk 2) (2001)
with Mercedes Lackey
  • Beyond World's End (2001)
  • Spirits White as Lightning (2001)
  • Mad Maudlin (2003)
  • Bedlam's Edge (2005)
  • Music to My Sorrow (Bedlam's Bard) (2005)
  • Dead Reckoning (2012)
  • The Shadow Grail series
    1. Legacies (2010)
    2. Conspiracies (2011)
    3. Sacrifices (2013)
    4. Victories (2014)

Short fiction[edit]

  • "The Ever-After" in Dragon Magazine (1989) and anthologized in A Dragon-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1994)[7]
  • "Child of Ocean" in Dragon Magazine (1991)
  • "Is Your Coworker a Space Alien?" (1994)[8]
  • "The New Britomart" (1995)[8]
  • "To Light Such a Candle" (1995)[8]


  1. ^ a b c d What's in a Name? Interviewing Rosemary Edghill Archived October 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine from Vision: A Resource for Writers, by Lazette Gifford, archived at
  2. ^ "County Clerk Document Search". Dutchess County, New York. 2004. Document #4215. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Authors: India Edghill[permanent dead link] [Accessed 2012-07-28][dead link]
  4. ^ Legacies, Lackey & Edghill [Accessed 2012-07-28]
  5. ^ a b c d Authors: Rosemary Edghill Archived June 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine [Accessed 2012-07-28]
  6. ^ Shahar, Eluki Bes (1991). Hellflower. ISBN 978-0886774752.
  7. ^ Weiss, Margaret, ed. (1994). "Endnotes". A Dragon-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic. New York, NY: Warner Books. ISBN 0446670634.
  8. ^ a b c "Fantastic Fiction: eluki bes shahar". Fantastic Fiction database. Fantastic Fiction Limited. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2013.

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