Drawing together Fritz’s Lovecraft inspired stories (overt and more subtle) along his fascinating and insightful writings about Lovecraft. For a Leiber fan the essays are the win here, but for a Lovecraft fan, they get some fine essays as well as a good selection of Fritz’s weird fiction. My only comment is that the cover is not terribly inviting…
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 hoping that Lovecraft’s presence in Fritz’s slow-paced writing career might be the source of inspiration he so dearly needed. Lovecraft replied promptly on November 2 of that year, the seed of an invigorating correspondence, which lasted till Lovecraft’s passing. Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark presents Lovecraft’s letters to Leiber, an impressive selection of Leiber’s fiction which shows Lovecraft’s influence, and a selection of Leiber’s essays on Lovecraft and Matters Lovecraftian. Features an introduction by Ben J. S. Szumskyj and an afterword by S.T. Joshi.
Running from 1952 to 1980, Fritz Leiber had a lots of appearances Fantastic magazine, including numerous Fafhrd and Mouser appearances. The 1959 issue of Fantastic was notable as it was an ‘All Leiber Issue’ and featured numerous stories by Fritz.
Covers are only shown where they are for one of Fritz’s stories.+*0+*
Containing several of his horror stories, with the exception of the Creature From Cleveland Depths, the stories in Night Monsters are all of a dark and mysterious nature.
The Ace Edition of Night Monsters only contained:
The Casket Demon
The Black Gondolier
Midnight in the Mirror World
I’m Looking For Jeff
Whilst later editions contained all the stories except Casket Demon…
Night Monsters originally appeared as an Ace double with The Green Millenium
When first published Heroes and Horrors was a collection of ‘uncollected’ stories. It contains two Fafhrd & Mouser stories which would later appear in The Knight and Knave of Swords. It is illustrated throughout by Tim Kirk and edited by Stuart Schiff.
A paperback edition of Heroes and Horrors was also released by Pocket Books in 1980Heroes and Horrors reviews & articles