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Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions
by Fritz Leiber
From the classic tales such as the titular piece to the more modern stories such as “Dark Wings”, this is a collection that presents an overview of Leiber’s fiction from the early pulps such as Unknown and Weird Tales to contemporary masterpieces such as “The Button Molder”. Many of the stories herein have never appeared in a collection under Leiber’s byline prior to this ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published 2002 by Midnight House, Seattle
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Dirt, detritus, flakes and dust of modern urban life obsess Leiber (here and also in his novel Our Lady of Darkness). Many stories here are only horror in that they're strange and dark and don't seem sane. I love that. The Hill and the Hole was creepy. Black Glass was about an old man surreally observing Manhattan in the 1970s; it seems eerie now because the climax takes place at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. My favorite is Black Ewe. I love the writing and the non literal story.
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy. He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at variou ...moreMore about Fritz Leiber...