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A really nice collections, with some rare uncollected stories (Big Engine, Martians Keep Out) plus Gummitch, Lankhmar and Dr Dragonnet ...

You’re All Alone

First published in 1972 by Ace as a Paperback

Leiber began writing this, (what would have been his his third) novel in January 1943. He expected that it would be about 40,000 word long and that it would be sold for publication in “Unknown”. However, “Unknown” was to be discontinued shortly. With no other outlets, Leiber stopped working on the novel.

After the second World War, Leiber resumed work on the novel, hoping to sell it to William Sloan Associates. Frits expanded it to 75,000 words but William Sloan Associates had discontinued publishing fantasy due to poor sales. Leiber sent the (longer) novel to the editors of “Fantastic Adventures”, who agreed to buy it only if Leiber could cut it to 40,000 words. Leiber set the 75,000 word manuscript aside, went back to his original 1943 versionfor a 40,000 word short novel and recreated it as a parallel text. It was published by “Fantastic Adventures” in July 1950 as “You’re All Alone”.

The 75,000 word version was eventually published by Universal Publishers and Distributors in 1953 for publication as one half of a paperback double (with Bulls, Blood and Passion). Due to the contract, the publisher could make any changes it wanted. The result was the “The Sinful Ones”. In addition, the publisher added “sexed up” chapter titles like “The Strip Tease” and “Bleached Prostitute” and “sexed up” a few love scenes in the book.

In 1972, Ace reprinted the 40,000 word (Fantastic) version slong with other stories (Four Ghosts in Hamlet and The Creature from Cleveland Depths) in a collection also titled “You’re All Alone”. In the late 1970s, Leiber repurchased the rights to the his longer version and it was reprinted by Pocket in October 1980. Fritz left in the 1953 titles, but restored the mangled text from memory since the original manuscript had been lost. He also rewrote the sex scenes to bring the language up to date.

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The Night of the Wolf

First published in 1966 by Ballantine as a Paperback

A strange collection that loosely ties together 4 previously published stories. The stories however are particularly good, The Night of the Long Knives and Let Freedom Ring I have not found elsewhere. The book is dedicated (with wolf whistles) to Judith Merril.

Review (audiobook) The Creature from Cleveland Depths

The stories were renamed as below.

  • The Lone Wolf (The Creature From Cleveland Depths)
  • The Wolf Pair (The Night of the Long Knives)
  • Crazy Wolf (Sanity)
  • The Wolf Pack (Let Freedom Ring)

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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The Black Gondolier and Other Stories

First published in 2002 by Midnight House as a Hardback

Limited edition released by Midnight House, with a foreword by John Pelan. Also available as kindle / audiobook.

Note: The Inheritance is listed under it’s Weird Tales Name of The Phantom Slayer.

Review by Scott E Candey

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

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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

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