The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle Author:Peter Beagle Compilation of Beagle's best-known works. — Fantasy contains: The Last Unicorn; Come, Lady Death; Lila the Werewolf; A Fine and Private Place — as well as a several-pages-long foreword by Beagle entitled "The Self-Made Werewolf" wherein he discusses his early influences, his music, his other works, gives a short history on each of the works, and l... more »ets the reader see a rare glimpse of the man behind the magic.
The Last Unicorn
Synopsis: A unicorn, alone in her forest, overhears a remark by some hunters one day, stating that she is the last of her kind. She shrugs it off to the folly of humans, who think that just because they don't see something, it doesn't exist. But then a traveller from far-off lands, an eccentric butterfly, brings her news of the unicorns' plight, and repeats the assertion that she is truly the last.
She sets out from her forest, her home, and searches for her missing brethren. Along the way, she is joined by Schmendrick, a magician who can perform no magic, and Molly Grue, a woman who spent her younger years searching for a unicorn, only to have her girlish fantasy appear long after she had stopped looking for it. The three of them set out on the long and forbidding road, seeking the unicorns.
Come, Lady Death
Synopsis: Tired of seeing the same faces at the same parties, an aging widow decides to invite Death to what will be her grandest Masquerade Ball yet. But will Death leave quietly once the last dance is done?
Lila the Werewolf (also "Farrell and Lila the Werewolf")
Synopsis: Joe Farrell finds out that there's a little more to his new live-in girlfriend than he was aware. However, he finds this out during the full moon in New York City.
A Fine and Private Place
Synopsis: A love story, sort of an affirmation of life story. Michael and Laura, two recently dearly departed, meet each other's ghosts in the shady setting of a cemetary. Their burgeoning semi-affair is watched over by a hermit who lives in one of the mausoleums, Mr. Rebeck, whose retreat from life these past dozen or so years (with only a foul-mouthed klepto raven for company) is about to be interrupted by a loud and loveable, yet at times abrasive, widow Klapper.« less