J. R. Salamanca
ISBN 9781566491242 (paperback)
Published in April 2000
MSRP $15.00
"Written in a polished prose of luminous beauty. Lilith soars above the world of mundane reality and lures its readers into a world of sinister fantasy and haunting unreality. To read this book is to wander down the labyrinthine ways of the insane and to become lost in the dark corridors of madness."
- Orville Prescott, The New York Times
"As emotionally exhausting as if it were lived instead of written."
- Miami Herald
"From beginning to end we are immersed and fascinated."
- Los Angeles Times
"Terrifying! One of the most permanent fictional experiences a reader will undergo for several years."
- Dallas Times Herald
This is the evil of Lilith, a wildly deranged you woman who creates for herself a strange paradise of sexual ecstacy, a fantasy world of poetry and passion which she inhabits in preference to the real world. Her world has its own music and art, all exquisitely constructed and richly sensual in their design. And it has its own religion, a religion, a religion which demands an insidious and dreadful form of human sacrifice.

Vincent Bruce is a sensitive, shy young man who works at the mental institution where Lilith has been placed. At first he is drawn to her out of professional interest in her case. But her charm, her aura of self-possession and lucidity set her apart from the other patients and exert a disturbing and provocative appeal. Gradually Vincent's interest changes to admiration, and this in turn becomes an intensely personal obsession with Lilith and her world as she lures him further and further away from the reality to which he had hoped to bring her back.

In Lilith, J.R. Salamanca succeeds in dramatizing the mysteries of the intelligent imagination, in all its terrifying scope and power, when it breaks through the ordinary barriers of conscience and reality. First published in 1961, Lilith instantly became a classic of American literature, with over one million copies in print and a 1964 film adaptation of the same name starring Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg.