I would get this news at the library. Don’t want to break down and cry here. I loved her Dragonriders of Pern series, which I read as a teen. I am so sorry that she never saw the planned tv series come to fruition in her lifetime. An amazing fantasy writer, I think I still have my copies of her books. Her Web site is here. According to Locus Magazine she passed away yesterday:
SFWA Grand Master Anne McCaffrey, 85, died November 21, 2011 of a massive stroke at home in Ireland.
Hammer horror actress Ingrid Pitt, best known for starring in cult classics such as Countess Dracula, has died at the age of 73.
She was regarded by many fans as the queen of Hammer Horror films.
Official Hammer historian Marcus Hearn paid tribute to the star, calling her a “talented actress and fine writer”.
“All fans of Hammer and of British horror are going to miss her terribly” he said.
Ms. Pitt wrote a fine intro to the book I have, “Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories”, in which she recounted stories from the sets of some of the movies she filmed. In one incident she talks about her fangs popping out and falling down her bosom. It sounded like they had a pretty good sense of humor about the whole idea of horror films, and regularly dissolved into laughter.
Goodnight, dear lady, we shall not fear to join you in due time.