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Lord John and the Succubus

Legends_II_2003-1st_ed.“Lord John and the Succubus” is a novella by Diana Gabaldon that first appeared in 2003 in LEGENDS II: NEW SHORT NOVELS BY THE MASTERS OF MODERN FANTASY, a multi-author anthology edited by Robert Silverberg.

In 2004, the LEGENDS II anthology was reprinted and split into two volumes. “Lord John and the Succubus” was included in LEGENDS II: DRAGON, SWORD AND KING.


“Lord John and the Succubus” is one of three novellas also included in the book LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS, by Diana Gabaldon. The other two novellas are “Lord John and the Hell-Fire Club,” and “Lord John and the Haunted Soldier.”  In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying “night-hag” on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty’s ranks.

Succubus and Hell-Fire Club were originally published in anthologies, while “Haunted Soldier” was written expressly for LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS.