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Masters of the Weird Tale: Fritz Leiber

Masters of the Weird Tale: Fritz Leiber was first published in 2016 by Centipede Press as  Hardbacks

A vast collection of Fritz’s darker stories, published by Centipede (as a collection of two hardbacks), who always do a lovely job with their books, a companion piece to Masters of Science Fiction.  The good selection of stories selected by John Pelan is complimented by a great cover.  Released in a signed edition.

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Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order) as well as the novellas You’re All Alone  and

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Selected Stories

A very good compilation from 2010, containing a fair spread of stories.

The Second Book of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1975 by DAW as a Paperback

The collection is made up of stories and essays alternately, ie: story, essay, story etc…

Contains the following essays.

  • The Mighty Tides
  • Fafhrd and Me
  • Ingmar Bergman: Fantasy Novelist
  • Those Wild Alien Words: II
  • Through Hyperspace with Brown Jenkin
  • A Defence of Werewolves

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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Ship of Shadows

A Collection containing many of Fritz's award winning stories

The Leiber Chronicles

First published in 1990 by Dark Harvest as a Hardback

A quite superb selection. Billed as 50 years of Fritz Leiber many of the stories are uncollected before and the others are classics.

Notable Editions: Numbered, lettered and slipcased editions released

Kirkus Review
The cream of octogenarian Leiber’s fantasies, holding 50 years of stories (44 selections) in one giant volume that can be seen as the capstone of Leiber’s storytelling–although he has written some well-remembered novels (Gather, Darkness and Conjure Wife, filmed excellently as Burn, Witch, Burn). The present collection includes the second earliest swords-and-sorcery fantasy in Leiber’s Grey Mouser and Fafhrd series “”Two Sought Adventure”” (1939) and the latest, “”The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars”” (1983). “”Curse”” may be Fafhrd and Grey Mouser’s swan song, in that they die–for a while. If their deaths turn out to be only flirtations with death, the farewell notes seem to have sounded.

There’s not a dumb story in the book, though some–such as “”Poor Superman,”” the story of a gigantic artificial intelligence–have been outdone by others. Leiber’s classiest acts are here: “”The Automatic Pistol,”” in which a dead hood’s pistol pursues his murderer; “”Smoke Ghost””–a juicy updating of just what a modern ghost should be like (“”A smoky composite face with the hungry anxiety of the unemployed, the neurotic restlessness of the person without purpose, the jerky tension of the high-pressure metropolitan worker. . .the aggressive whine of the panhandler. . .and a thousand other twisted emotional patterns. Each one overlying yet blending with the other, like a pile of semi-transparent masks. . .””); “”Gonna Roll the Bones,”” “”Ship of Shadows,”” “”Ill Met in Lankhmar,”” and the ironic antidefamation fantasy “”Belsen Express””–which is a gasser. Leiber’s best collection ever.

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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Heroes and Horrors

First published in 1978 by Whispers as a Hardback

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 1980

Heroes and Horrors reviews & articles

MarzAat Review

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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