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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.

http://centipedepress.com/sf/msfleiber.html

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

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Artwork: Midnight in the Mirror World

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Midnight in the Mirror World
Heroes and Horrors Tim Kirk

Fantastic Magazine

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.

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Night Monsters

Night Monsters was first published in 1969 by Ace as a Paperback

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 read more

The Mind Spider and Other Stories

First published in 1961 by Ace as a Paperback

Originally printed as an Ace Double with the Big time.

I believe the Ace Double edition is the only version to contain all the stories, Try and Change the Past is missing from later editions.

Fritz’s introduction…

Years ago my window at the University of Chicago overlooked the west stands of Stagg Field. One evening I watched a lightning storm playing over the Loop.

Nature was badly off key that night. The thunder didn’t rumble or roar. It screamed faintly, four seconds after each flash. I remember thinking that if lightning could twang the rails of Chicago’s elevated tracks they might make such a sound. Several other persons heard it and shivered as I did.

Ten years later electronic experts discovered that on rare occasions lightning generates a radio signal which circles the earth and returns to its point of origin as an audible whistle. Maybe that was my scream.

But also ten years later there was built below the west stands of Stagg Field the graphite-dark atomic furnace that first released on earth the energy of the suns. Maybe the molecules felt that coming and screamed a warning.

Either way it’s a weird and wonderful world. Just consider: an infinite universe . . . stars that are living hydrogen bombs . . . trillions of atomic worlds in a grain of dust . . . jungles in a drop of water . . . black gulfs of space around each planet . . . black Freudian forests around each conscious mind—you know, I sometimes think the powers that created the universe were chiefly interested in maximizing its mystery.

That’s why I write science fiction.

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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