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Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark
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While Howard Phillips Lovecraft was closing the final chapter of his writing career, Fritz Reuter Leiber was only beginning to open his own. The year was 1936 and Jonquil Leiber, Fritz's first wife, sent a letter on her own initiative to Lovecraft, knowing that her husband had been an avid admirer of his work, ever since his first reading of "The Colour out of Space" and h ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Wildside Press
(first published February 20th 2004)
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A book by and about two of my favorite genre authors. So why am I giving it only three stars? "Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark" suffers from editorial mismanagement. While I expect there to be a certain number of typographical errors in any book, especially ones from smaller presses, this volume had so many as to be distracting. Besides misspelling there were also a few places where such an error actually changed the meaning of what was being said. I have professionally edit ...more
A collection of HPL's letters to Fritz Leiber along with some of Leiber's weird or Lovecraft-flavored short fiction and some essays and appreciations of HPL by Leiber. Not necessary if you have HPL's collected letters (I do not) or a good range of Leiber's short fiction (that I do have), but nice to have it all in one volume, and the essays are fun. "A Bit of the Dark World" remains one of my favorite Leiber stories and, I think, one of the most effective Lovecraftian tales ever, entirely withou ...more
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