Upgrade to a better browser, please.

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Books

The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule

Added By: illegible_scribble
Last Updated: valashain

The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule

Purchase this book through Purchase this book from Purchase this book from
Author: Lucius Shepard
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1984
Series: Griaule

This book does not appear to be part of a series. If this is incorrect, and you know the name of the series to which it belongs, please let us know.

Submit Series Details

Book Type: Novella
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: High Fantasy
Avg Member Rating:
(12 reads / 6 ratings)


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).

Read this story online for free at Baen.


No excerpt currently exists for this novel.


There are currently no reviews for this novel. Be the first to submit one! You must be logged in to submit a review in the BookTrackr section above.


No alternate cover images currently exist for this novel.