Fritz Leiber - Author

Books by Fritz Leiber

Swords Against Death

Swords Against Death

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2014

Join the renowned barbarian and thief in this sword-and-sorcery adventure from a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. While The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Fritz Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon, and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon's grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar, is Leiber's fully realized, vivid incarnation of urban decay and civilization's corroding effect on the human psyche. Fafhrd and Mouse are not innocents; their world is no land of honor and righteousness. It is a world of human complexities and violent action, of discovery and mystery, of swords and sorcery. Swords Against Death, the second volume in the Lankhmar series, finds Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser beginning their real journey. Their hearts altered by the loss of first true love, they embark on a long and winding path of drunken debauchery and womanizing until crossing paths with two cross wizards, Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes. A most violent of clashes ensues. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser descend into Thieves House to discover the exacting skill of the united backstabbing Thieves of Lankhmar and their rival guild, the Slayer's Brotherhood, the city's unionized killers. They would wander along the Bleak Shore to a howling tower to show how fear is not the product of murder but the cause. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser must resume their plundering and drunken debauchery until once again darkness had taken the balance for its favor and then a change would come. These are just a few of the encounters our swindling swordsmen will willingly endure in ridding their hearts of their first true loves. But did they know it would make them indentured swordsman servants to their former foes, the formidable Sheelba and Ningauble?

Day Dark, Night Bright

Day Dark, Night Bright

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/07/2014

Stories of suspense, surprise, wit, and weirdness from Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy-as well as a must-read horror author-Fritz Leiber. Assembled from magazine submissions, fanzines, and even lost manuscripts discovered among the author's personal papers, Day Dark, Night Bright includes the following short stories: Time Fighter, Femmequin 973, Night Passage, Moon Duel, Later Than You Think, Mirror, The 64-Square MadHouse, All the Weed in the World, The Mutant's Brother, The Man Who Was Married to Space and Time, Thought Crystal Prison, Bullet Was His Name, Success, To Make a Roman Holiday, Bread Overhead, The Reward, Taboo, Business of Killing, and Day Dark, Night Bright.

The Wanderer

The Wanderer

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/07/2014

This Hugo Award-winning disaster epic from the Science Fiction Grand Master ranks among [his] most ambitious works (SFSite). The Wanderer inspires feelings of pure terror in the hearts of the five billion human beings inhabiting Planet Earth. The presence of an alien planet causes increasingly severe tragedies and chaos. However, one man stands apart from the mass of frightened humanity. For him, the legendary Wanderer is a mere tale of bizarre alien domination and human submission. His conception of the Wanderer bleeds into unrequited love for the mysterious she who owns him.

Smoke Ghost

Smoke Ghost

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2014

A collection of supernatural horror stories by a multiple award-winning master of the fantastic. From the author of Swords and Deviltry and many other classic novels, a recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, this is a treasure trove of horrific tales, many of which remained out of print for decades after appearing in such magazines as Unknown, Thrilling Mystery, Startling Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the acclaimed horror specialty magazine Whispers 13-14. In addition to the title story, this collection also includes: Cry Witch! (1951), I'm Looking for Jeff (1952), Ms. Found in a Maelstrom (1959), The Button Molder (1979), Dark Wings (1976), and The Enormous Bedroom (2001), which is original to this volume.

The Black Gondolier

The Black Gondolier

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2014

A collection of supernatural horror stories from the SFWA Grand Master and Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser novels. Assembled here is a selection of Mr. Leiber's best horrific tales, many of which have been virtually unobtainable for decades. From the riveting Spider Mansion and The Phantom Slayer from Weird Tales to the more recent Lie Still, Snow White and Black Has Its Charms from rare, small-press magazines, this collection provides an overview of Leiber's fifty-plus years as an acknowledged master of the weird tale. This edition was edited by John Pelan and Steve Savile.

Horrible Imaginings

Horrible Imaginings

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2014

A must-read story collection from the Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy and author of the Lankhmar series. Assembled from magazine submissions, fanzines, and even lost manuscripts discovered amongst the author's personal papers, Horrible Imaginings includes two Nebula Award finalists: Horrible Imaginings, and Answering Service, as well as the stories The Automatic Pistol, Crazy Annaoj, The Hound, Alice and the Allergy, Skinny's Wonderful, Scream Wolf, Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum, When Brahma Wakes, The Glove, The Girl With the Hungry Eyes, While Set Fled, Diary in the Snow, and The Ghost Light.

Big Time

Big Time

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

Fritz Leiber (19101992) may be best known as a fantasy writer, but he published widely and successfully in the horror and science fiction fields. One of his major SF creations is the Change War, a series of stories and short novels about rival time-traveling forces locked in a bitter, ages-long struggle for control of the human universe where battles alter history and then change it again until there is no certainty about what might once have happened. The most notable work of the series is the Hugo Awardwinning novelThe Big Time, in which doctors, entertainers, and wounded soldiers find themselves treacherously trapped with an activated atomic bomb inside the Place, a room existing outside of space-time. Leiber creates a tense, claustrophobic SF mystery, and a brilliant, unique locked-room whodunit. In addition to the Hugo, Nebula, Derleth, Lovecraft, and World Fantasy Awards, Fritz Leiber received the Grand Master of Fantasy (Gandalf) Award, the Life Achievement Lovecraft Award, and the Grand Master Nebula Award.

Black Gondolier

Black Gondolier

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

While much of Grand Master Leiber's seminal science fiction and fantasy remains in print, his work in the field of supernatural horror has been sadly neglected until now. Assembled here is a selection of Mr. Leibers best horrific tales, many of which have been virtually unobtainable for decades. From the riveting ';Spider Mansion' and ';The Phantom Slayer' from Weird Tales to the more recent ';Lie Still, Snow White' and ';Black Has Its Charms' from rare, small press magazines, this collection provides an overview of Leiber's fifty plus years as an acknowledged master of the weird tale. This edition was edited by John Pelan and Steve Savile.

Conjure Wife

Conjure Wife

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

From a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy:What if half the world's populationthe female halfpracticed witchcraft and kept it a secret from men? Norman Saylor, a professor of ethnology, discovers that his wife, Tansy, has put his research in the field of ';Conjure Magic' into practice for the sake of protecting him from other spell-casting faculty wives wishing to further their husbands' careers. A man of science, Norman has only an academic interest in the subject of magic and superstition, and forces Tansy to cease all her workings and to burn all her charms. But, as soon as Norman burns the last charm, things start to fall apart. He has a run-in with a former student, his student secretary accuses him of having seduced her, and he is passed over for a promotion that seemed certain. Norman begins to have more than his fair share of small accidents: cutting himself while shaving, stepping on carpet tacks, cutting his hand with a letter opener, and more. He begins to imagine that there is a dark presence exploiting his fear of trucks. When Tansy takes his curse upon herself, Norman is forced to overcome his disbelief and use witchcraft to save his wife's bodyand her soul. Originally published in 1953,Conjure Wifeis considered a modern classic of horror-fantasy and has been adapted for film three times:Burn, Witch Burn(1962),Weird Woman(1944), andWitch's Brew(1980).

Day Dark, Night Bright

Day Dark, Night Bright

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

Stories of suspense, surprise, wit, and weirdness from Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasyas well as a must-read horror authorFritz Leiber. Assembled from magazine submissions, fanzines, and even ';lost' manuscripts discovered among the author's personal papers, Day Dark, Night Bright includes the following short stories: ';Time Fighter,' ';Femmequin 973,' ';Night Passage,' ';Moon Duel,' ';Later Than You Think,' ';Mirror,' ';The 64 Square MadHouse,' ';All the Weed in the World,' ';The Mutant's Brother,' ';The Man Who Was Married to Space and Time,' ';Thought' ';Crystal Prison,' ';Bullet Was His Name,' ';Success,' ';To Make a Roman Holiday,' ';Bread Overhead,' ';The Reward,' ';Taboo,' ';Business of Killing,' and ';Day Dark, Night Bright.'

Gather, Darkness!

Gather, Darkness!

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

From a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy: In a post-apocalyptic future, a priest must fight the forces of evil in order to bring freedom to humanity. Three-hundred and sixty years after a nuclear holocaust ravaged mankind, the world is fraught with chaos and superstition. Endowed with scientific knowledge lost to the rest of humanity, Techno-priests of the Great God now rule. Jarles, originally of peasant descent, rises to become a priest of the Great God. He knows that the gospel is nothing but trickery propagated by non-believers. One day, he defies his priestly training and attempts to incite the peasants to rebelbut Jarles is not the only dissenter trying to bring down the priesthoodwitchcraft is slowly gaining strength and support among the populace. Little does Jarles know his rebellion is about to throw him headlong into the middle of the greatest holy war the world has ever seen.

Green Millennium

Green Millennium

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

From a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Everything changes with the arrival of mysterious, green cat. In a futuristic human society based on our own, the regimented, regulated, and bureaucratized lifestyle led by the misanthropic Phil Gish leaves him feeling vaguely dissatisfied and emotionally cut off from other people. When a green cat appears in his room, he is surprised to find that it makes him feel happier and more alive than he has ever felt. Phil decides to call the cat Lucky, hoping his life will take a turn for the better. But lucky is in high demand, and Phil quickly realizes that he's going to have to go up against the mob, the FBI, some nude aliens, and a gorgeous mystery woman if he's to keep him. When Lucky seems to vanish into thin air, Phil will do anything to get him back, even if it means challenging the very powers that rule his world.

Horrible Imaginings

Horrible Imaginings

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

A must-read story collection from Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fritz Leiber. Assembled from magazine submissions, fanzines, and even ';lost' manuscripts discovered amongst the author's personal papers, Horrible Imaginings includes two Nebula Award finalists: ';Horrible Imaginings,' and ';Answering Service,' as well as the stories ';The Automatic Pistol,' ';Crazy Annaoj,' ';The Hound,' ';Alice and the Allergy,' ';Skinny's Wonderful,' ';Scream Wolf,' ';Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum,' ';When Brahma Wakes,' ';The Glove,' ';The Girl With the Hungry Eyes,' ';While Set Fled,' ';Diary in the Snow,' and ';The Ghost Light.'

Knight and Knave of Swords

Knight and Knave of Swords

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

From a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The highly regarded British horror author Ramsey Campbell called Fritz Leiber ';the greatest living writer of supernatural horror fiction.' Drawing many of his own themes from the works of Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre, actually having coined the term sword and sorcery that would describe the subgenre he would more than help create. While The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser, adventured and stumbled deep within the caves of Inner Earth as well, albeit a different one than Tolkien's. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon's grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar is Leiber's fully realized, vivid incarnation of urban decay and civilization's corroding effect on the human psyche. Fafhrd and Mouse are not innocents; their world is no land of honor and righteousness. It is a world of human complexities and violent action, of discovery and mystery, of swords and sorcery.

Our Lady of Darkness

Our Lady of Darkness

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

From a Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Fritz Leiber may be best known as a fantasy writer, but he published widely and successfully in the horror and science fiction fields. His fiction won the Hugo, Nebula, Derleth, Gandalf, Lovecraft, and World Fantasy Awards, and he was honored with the Life Achievement Lovecraft Award and the Grand Master Nebula Award. One of his best novels is the classic dark fantasy Our Lady of Darkness, winner of the 1978 World Fantasy Award. Our Lady of Darkness introduces San Francisco horror writer Franz Westen. While studying his beloved city through binoculars from his apartment window, he is astonished to see a mysterious figure waving at him from a hilltop two miles away. He walks to Corona Heights and looks back at his building to discover the figure waving at him from his apartment windowand to find himself caught in a century spanning curse that may have destroyed Clark Ashton Smith and Jack London.

Smoke Ghost

Smoke Ghost

Author: Fritz Leiber Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

A collection of supernatural horror stories by a multiple award-winning master of the fantastic. From the author of Swords and Deviltry and many other classic novels, a recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, this is a treasure trove of horrific tales, many of which remained out of print for decades after appearing in such magazines as Unknown, Thrilling Mystery, Startling Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the acclaimed horror specialty magazine Whispers 1314. In addition to the title story, this collection also includes: ';Cry Witch!' (1951), ';I'm Looking for Jeff' (1952), ';Ms. Found in a Maelstrom' (1959), ';The Button Molder' (1979), ';Dark Wings' (1976), and ';The Enormous Bedroom' (2001), which is original to this volume.