There is no such thing as an inanimate object...
And how could that be? Because, simply, everything is formed from matter, and basically, at root, the matter that makes up everything in the physical world - the Universe - is of the same substance. Which means, on that basic level, we - you, me, and that power station over there - are all the exact riotous, chaotic, amorphous same. Here is an assortment of Lee takes on the nature, and perhaps intentions, of so-called non-sentient things.
And you're quite safe. This is only a book. An inanimate object.
From the Introduction by Tanith Lee
The original hardback of this collection, of which there were only 35 copies, was published by Immanion Press in 2013, to commemorate Tanith Lee receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at World Fantasycon. It included 5 previously unpublished pieces. This new release includes a further 2 stories, co-written by Tanith Lee and John Kaiine, and new interior illustrations by Jarod Mills.