Strange Stories # Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber. Strange Story # Smoke Ghost Author: Fritz Leiber Collected In: Selected Stories. Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions has 48 ratings and 3 reviews. Carla Remy said : Dirt, detritus, flakes and dust of modern urban life obsess Leiber (here a. Smoke Ghost has 32 ratings and 5 reviews. When a man keeps on seeing a smoke ghost, he questions his own sanity.

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At first sight, his modern ghosts appear to be working-class ghosts, blue-collar ghosts, ghosts with dirty hands, who queue up to punch their cards, who worry about losing their.

Joey rated it it was amazing Apr 03, One of my frltz favourite weird stories. Apr 17, Andrew Saylor rated it it was amazing. Jack rated it liked it Jul 13, Many stories here are only horror in that they’re strange and dark and don’t seem sane.

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No, Leiber is a master of psychological subtlety and depth, and when leuber employs this perspective on what causes unease and mind-fracturing mystification, he frighteningly exposes the scientific loose ends raggedly veiled by our insistently bland, Modernistic, prescriptive understanding of the cosmos.

Kirsty rated it it was ok Mar 12, I mean a ghost from the world today Lists with This Book. And not just its face, we understand as we read this, but its emotions, such as they frit, too. Cassidy rated it really liked it Sep 25, Wonderful collection of dark tales.

Cocktail Hour: Smoke Ghost (inspired by Fritz Leiber’s short story of the same name)

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Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber

Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. William boomer rated it liked it Jul 31, Skylar Phelps rated it liked it Nov 23, Alfred Bester A writer who never fails to surprise and energize.

The quotation which I started this piece with comes from right at the start of the story, as if to let the unsuspecting Forties reader know that things had changed. The author, Fritz Leiber, had just a few years before entered his first phase of greatness as a writer, especially as a fantasiste, but this piece is an example of his early mastery of the weird fiction form.

He found his mature voice early in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at various points in his career, using it sometimes for farce and sometimes for gloomy mood pieces–The Swords of Lankhmar is perhaps the best single volume of their adventures.

The ghost here is more a life-form stemming from another wave-length to our fleshly zone, yet it cohabits our world, manifesting gradually through the niggling detritus of our urban existence, seeking entry, attachment and energy through the doubts that increasingly crowd our minds as life progresses, no matter how hard we try to contain them, rationalize them, and shunt them away. Leiber’s science fiction includes the planet-smashing The Wanderer in which a large cast mostly survive flood, fire, and the sexual attentions of feline aliens, and the satirical A Spectre is Haunting Texas in which a gangling, exo-skeleton-clad actor from the Moon leads a revolution and finds his true love.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Lexxnet rated it really liked it Nov 02, Neheroth rated it liked it Oct 16, Benjamin Uminsky rated it it was amazing Mar 16, It’s something that sticks with you a little.

Leiber’s late short fiction, and the fine horror novel Our Lady of Darkness, combine autobiographical issues like his struggle with depression and alcoholism with meditations on the emotional content of the fantastic genres. He found his mature voice smokf in the first of the sword-and-sorcery adventures featuring the large sensitive barbarian Fafhrd and the small street-smart-ish Gray Mouser; he returned to this series at variou Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr.

The Weird – Smoke Ghost – Fritz Leiber

This book is not ffritz featured on Listopia. Kornbluth His stories leave a lasting impression on the psyche. It’s face, Catesby speculates, is an amalgamation of: On his way home via a commuter train, neurotic businessman Catesby Wran spots an amorphous black shape lurking among the urban rooftops and smokestacks he passes. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This is my favorite spooky story.

Or, more accurately, perhaps, that the narrative movement has shifted direction: Wran first sees the mysterious figure from the window of the elevated lelber, and sees it again and again, but think too of the elevator in his office block, and how so much centres around its rise and fall. Rawan rated it really liked it Aug 04, Another delightful collection of horror stories from Mr.

Mar 09, Gary rated it really liked it. Catesby’s terror is no less when he msoke the nature of the smoke ghost, and neither is our uneasiness.

This was how the reviewer mostly knew Mr. That was the first time, to my knowledge, that I’ve read it in a chronological sequence and been able to compare it to other stories of its time