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Smoke Ghost - my version...

It’s amazing what you find on old disks (in this case a REV drive from 15 years ago) , when i was submitting stories to the Midnight House collections I dreamed of doing some artwork… I never of course submitted it…  but here it is, in all its black and white glory!

Unknown

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Unknown (also known as Unknown Worlds) was an American pulp magazine, published from 1939 to 1943. It was edited by John W. Campbell who also edited Astounding Science Fiction, which also published some of Fritz’s stories.
Covers are only shown where they are for one of Fritz’s stories.

CoverStoryIssue
Two Sought Adventure (aka The Jewels in the Forest) 1939 / 08
The Bleak Shore1940 / 11
The Howling Tower 1941 / 06
http://www.lankhmar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/UNK_0027.jpgThe Smoke Ghost 1941 / 10
The Sunken Land 1942 / 02
The Hill and the Hole 1942 / 08

Selected Stories

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

The Secret Songs

First published in 1964 by Ballantine as a Paperback

Contains a very wide range of stories, covering all the periods of his writing . Although duplicated heavily in The Best of Fritz Leiber, the inclusion of such stories as The Girl with Hungry Eyes, Smoke Ghost and The Secret Songs make it an excellent collection. Available in the UK only.

“SF and Fantasy stories of considerable variety and idiosyncrasy, many of them reprinted from earlier Leiber collections. As well as early standards like ‘The Smoke Ghost’, it include some interestingly unclassifiable tales from the 1960s such as ‘The Winter Flies’; and the title piece. ‘Every story in the book is finished with a craftsman’s care, and they are all thoroughly readable. M. John Harrison – New Worlds”.
The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction – David Pringle

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions

First published in 2002 by Midnight House as a Hardback

Midnight Houses’ second Leiber collection has a special place in my heart as I get thanked in the front of the book! Fine selection of rare stories, many of which were either uncollected before, or come from long out of print collections.

Review at Walden East

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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Night’s Black Agents

First published in 1947 by Arkham House as a Hardback

Night’s Black Agents was the first book Fritz Leiber had published, and was was released by Arkham House in 1947 (3084 copies). It collects together many of his stories that appeared in ‘ Weird Tales’ and ‘Unknown’. The ‘Ancient Adventures’, two Fafhrd and Mouser stories would later appear in Swords in the Mist. The book is dedicated to his first wife Jonquil (Stephens). The Ballantine edition of Night’s Black Agents loses Adepts Gambit, whilst The Gregg press edition adds A Bit of the Dark World and The Girl With Hungry Eyes.

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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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