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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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Ships to the Stars

A sci fi leaning collection from 1964...

Strange Wonders

First published in 2010 by Subterranean Press as a Hardback

A superb collection from Subterranean Press, bringing together many fragments of other stories as well as collection, Demons of the Upper Air, In the Beginning and Quicks Around the Zodiac and The Mystery of the Japanese Clock.

“In regards to Fritz Leiber, I believe that publication of such unpublished and uncollected works only strengthens his literary greatness. Through fragments, drafts and practice writings, we can clearly see the evolution from Leiber, the amateur, to Leiber, the professional. We are exposed to the clear way in which he dedicated his life to the written word and trained his abilities to produce the award-winning masterpieces that we read even today. While some may object to such a volume, I ask them this—is not the dream just as important as the empire that had been built from it? Are not the blueprints and sketches as impressive as the buildings and the artwork? We must place all this into perspective, and see that publishing such works is not a smear upon Leiber’s legacy. Rather, it completes a full circle. If we are asked to be thorough in the biography of an individual, then we must also do so for their bibliography.”

Review at SFRevu

Review at SF Crows Nest

Review at The Green Man

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


Poetry

  • Demons of the Upper Air
  • Ghosts
  • The Recognition of Death
  • Challenge
  • Night of Death
  • The Gray Mouser: I
  • The Gray Mouser: II
  • The Midnight Wall
  • 5447 Ridgewood Court
  • The Other Side
  • Past Druid Guards
  • The Voice of Man
  • Poor Little Ape
  • Santa Monica Beach at Sunset
  • 1959: the Beach at Santa Monica

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Day Dark, Night Bright

Day Dark, Night Bright first published in 2002 by Midnight House as a Hardback

Another fine collection from Darkside Press / John Pelan, I remember faxing my copy of Femmequin 973 and the 64 Square madhouse to John to help…

Darkside Press; limited to 500 numbered copies

Midnight House is pleased to announce a landmark event for devotees of the best in science fiction: a new collection of stories by Fritz Leiber! Assembled here we have a selection of some of Fritz Leiber’s most renowned tales with a liberal dose of rarities that have been unavailable in any form for many years. Considered by many to be the greatest writer in the field of fantastic fiction, Fritz Leiber’s long and productive career spanned fifty years. This present collection assembles stories from sources ranging from the pulp magazines of the 1940’s to modern “slicks” like Esquire. read more

The Second Book of Fritz Leiber

First published in 1975 by DAW as a Paperback

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

Contains the following essays.

  • The Mighty Tides
  • Fafhrd and Me
  • Ingmar Bergman: Fantasy Novelist
  • Those Wild Alien Words: II
  • Through Hyperspace with Brown Jenkin
  • A Defence of Werewolves

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)


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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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Ship of Shadows

A Collection containing many of Fritz's award winning stories

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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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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