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Witches of the Mind: A Critical Study of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1991 by Necronomicon Press as a Hardback 

Witches of the Mind is a complex and interesting study of Fritz, his life and his writings, unfortunately it is expensive and difficult to find, luckily I got to read a friends copy…  with regards to the content, Bruce Byfield’s blog contains copious information on it’s genesis.
Bruce Byfield’s notes on the book

Review at Swords and Sorcery

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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..

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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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