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Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark

First published in 2003 by Wildside Press as a Hardback

Drawing together Fritz’s Lovecraft inspired stories (overt and more subtle) along his fascinating and insightful writings about Lovecraft.  For a Leiber fan the essays are the win here, but for a Lovecraft fan, they get some fine essays as well as a good selection of Fritz’s weird fiction.  My only comment is that the cover is not terribly inviting…

Publisher info:
While Howard Phillips Lovecraft was closing the final chapter of his writing career, Fritz Reuter Leiber was only beginning to open his own. The year was 1936 and Jonquil Leiber, Fritz’s first wife, sent a letter on her own initiative to Lovecraft, knowing that her husband had been an avid admirer of his work, ever since his first reading of “The Colour out of Space” and hoping that Lovecraft’s presence in Fritz’s slow-paced writing career might be the source of inspiration he so dearly needed. Lovecraft replied promptly on November 2 of that year, the seed of an invigorating correspondence, which lasted till Lovecraft’s passing. Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark presents Lovecraft’s letters to Leiber, an impressive selection of Leiber’s fiction which shows Lovecraft’s influence, and a selection of Leiber’s essays on Lovecraft and Matters Lovecraftian. Features an introduction by Ben J. S. Szumskyj and an afterword by S.T. Joshi.

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The Book of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1974 by DAW as a Paperback

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

Notable editions:Gregg Press released a limited edition HB of 300 copies as a set with The Second Book of Fritz Leiber. They contained an introduction by T. Collins

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Essays
  • Monsters and Monster Lovers discusses
    Lovecraft, Machen, Bloch and several others and their memorable monsters
  • Hottest and Coldest Molecules science
    essay
  • Those Wild Alien Words: I discussion
    of the oddities of language
  • Debunking the I Machine an anti-war
    (not a specific war) piece
  • King Lear
  • After Such Knowledge book review
    of James Blish’s Black Easter
  • Weird World of the Knight chess
  • The Whisperer Re-examined discusses
    Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness
  • Masters of Mace and Magic reviews of E. R. Eddison’s,The Worm Ouroboros, Mistress of Mistresses and A Fish Dinner in Memison. Also of Robert E. Howard’s (and various collaborators posthumously) King Kull, Conan, Conan the Warrior, Conan the Usurper and Conan the Conqueror

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