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Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
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Mar 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror
Read from April 04 to 12, 2012

A tight, carefully crafted dark fantasy which manages to make the conceit of faculty wives as warring sorceresses plausible and horrifying. Although some of the social attitudes are dated (this was originally published in 1943, after all), Norman Saylor's desperately scientific attitude in the face of the evidence is still sympathetic. Set in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small-town college, this novel limits its scope without shorting the chills. Readers weary of bulky, indulgent modern horror novels might find this a refreshing change.
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