East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Leiber where you least expected him


I was pleasantly surprised in discovering that the latest issue of Hellebore, the magazine of folklore and ancient terrors, features a lengthy and quite interesting piece on Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife, its real-world influences and its long-lasting legacy. The article was penned by Rebecca Baumann.

And I already like this magazine A LOT, but now I have even more reasons to recommend it.
I mean, Fritz Leiber, right?
What else do you need?

Hellebore magazine #3, the Malefice Issue, can be ordered directly from the mag’s website. It’s money well spent.
(and no, I don’t get a commission, and they don’t publish my stuff – but it’s a really great read, a beautiful addition to your shelf, and a magazine that deserves all the support it gets)

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Leiber where you least expected him

  1. “Wonderful, magical Fritz Leiber,” as Harlan Ellison called him, “before whom … even yours truly, the maddest egomaniac of them all, bow.”
    Not just for CONJURE WIFE, but also THE PALE BROWN THING, aka OUR LADY OF DARKNESS, THE SILVER EGGHEADS, THE WANDERER, GATHER, DARKNESS! the entire Fafhrd and Grey Mouser series, and absolutely classic shorts like “Smoke Ghost” and “The Girl With the Hungry Eyes,” the latter memorable just for the line, “There are all kinds of vampires, and the ones that drink blood aren’t the worst.”
    Here’s to Fritz Leiber Jr. Fantasy would lack entire dimensions but for him.


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