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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

The Dealings of Danniel Kesserich read more

Masters of Science Fiction: Fritz Leiber

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More details on forthcoming Fritz Leiber Centipede Press collection.

The always wonderful Centipede Press have their new Fritz Leiber collection  (Fritz Leiber:Masters of the Weird Tale in 2 volumes,) due for release in march 2016.  It has artwork by Tom Kidd, Allen Koszowski, Travis Lewis, and Rodger Gerberding, plus a new introduction by John Pelan.

The contents look very good, with a mixture of well known and rarer stories and I really am very excited to see the artwork, Rodger Gerberding contributed to Gummitch & Friends,  Allen Koszowski on the Midnight House collections, the featured image is from Travis Lewis, and is for Cry Witch, Tom Kidd (I believe) is doing the wraparound cover (see here) read more

Fritz Leiber: Critical Essays

First published in 2008 by MacFarland & Co as a Paperback

Fritz Leiber: Critical Essays is a set of academic essays on Fritz and his work, featuring contributions by notable Leiber scholars, including S T Joshi, Bruce Byfield, John Pelan and Justin Leiber.  They are all interesting to a Leiber fan, but I particularly enjoyed John Howard’s piece on Pale Brown Thing and Benjamin Szumsky on Gather Darkness

Publisher info:
Collection academically examines Fritz Leiber and his work: role of civilization; evolution of Our Lady of Darkness; concept of time; death, rebirth and existentialism; feline characters; sexual desire; his gothic and weird tales; eccentricity in Leiber’s poems; theme of power in Fafhrd and Gray Mouser adventures; connecting threads, and contrasts between Leiber and Lovecraft; and biblical influences.. Edited by Benjamin Szumskyj ; with a foreword by John Pelan.. read more

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. read more

Riches and Power

Hand-crafted, saddle stitched (with thread). Produced as a companion book for the upgraded version of "Ervool" ...

Quicks Around The Zodiac – A Farce

A limited release from Cheap Street in 1983

Deadly Moon and Other Tales

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

A Pail of Air

A Pail of Air was first published in 1964 by Ballantine as a

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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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