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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


A Bit of the Dark World

Alice and the Allergy

Belsen Express

Black Has Its Charms

Cry Witch!

Dark Wings

Diary in the Snow

Dr. Adams' Garden of Evil

Four Ghosts in Hamlet

Gonna Roll the Bones

Horrible Imaginings

I'm Looking for "Jeff"

In the X-Ray

Lie Still, Snow White

Little Old Miss Macbeth

Midnight by the Morphy Watch

Midnight in the Mirror World

Replacement for Wilmer: A Ghost Story

Richmond Late September 1849

Schizo Jimmie

Skinny's Wonderful

Smoke Ghost

Snow White

Spider Mansion

The Automatic Pistol

The Black Gondolier

The Button Molder

The Casket-Demon

The Dead Man

The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich

The Dreams of Albert Moreland

The Enormous Bedroom

The Ghost Light

The Girl with the Hungry Eyes

The Glove

The Hill and the Hole

The Hound

The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity

The Man Who Never Grew Young

The Phantom Slayer

The Power of the Puppets

The Terror from the Depths

You're All Alone
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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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