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The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule
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The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule

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Author: Lucius Shepard
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1984
Series: Griaule

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: High Fantasy
Alternate/Parallel Universe
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Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, BSFA, and SF Chronicle Award-nominated Novella.

The mountain-sized sleeping Dragon Griaule overshadows a nearby town with its maleficient presence. Desperate to overthrow its malignant influence without alerting the dragon to their intent, the town hires a painter who promises to cover the dragon's beautiful scales in a poisonous paint which will kill it once and for all.

Published originally by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in December 1984, this story was later anthologized in Nebula Awards 20 (1985), The Best Fantasy Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (aka Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction) (1985), Bestiary! (1985), Dragons! (1993), Modern Classics of Fantasy (1997), The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001), Wings of Fire (2010), and collected in The Jaguar Hunter (1987), The Best of Lucius Shepard (2008), and The Dragon Griaule (2012).

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