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Horrible Imaginings

First published in 2004 by Midnight House as a Hardback

Horrible Imaginings is another fine selection of rare tales (limited to 500 numbered copies), edited by John Pelan (and a shout out to me in the front – yay!)

“This is the third of a series of volumes dedicated to preserving all of Fritz Leiber’s weird and macabre tales under the Midnight House imprint. Horrible Imaginings assembles stories from sources ranging from 1940s issues of Weird Tales to rare fanzines like Amra and Whispers. As a special treat, this book includes a “lost” story, “Skinny’s Wonderful”, apparently written for Esquire or Playboy which was recently discovered in the author’s papers. Most of the stories gathered here are making their first appearance in book form or have been virtually unobtainable for many years. Fritz Leiber was the winner of every major award for science fiction, fantasy, and horror during his career. While many of his novels remain in print, much of his great short fiction has been virtually unobtainable for decades.” read more

The Worlds of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1976 by Ace as a Paperback

This is one of the best collections available. Compared to The Best of Fritz Leiber the stories are all a little more off centre, and probably give a fairer view of his work overall.

“A fine, fat gathering of sf anf fantasy stories by an old master (whose light has shone more clearly in the Fantasy category). It includes the Hugo and Nebula award winning tale ‘Catch That Zeppelin!. Pleasingly the book contains no overlaps with The Best of Fritz Leiber, published two years earlier. It is, in effect, a second ‘Best of…’ selection.”
The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction – David Pringle

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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