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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Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Again, in his final encounter with the spirit of the city, embodied in Miss Millick, herself representative of so many city workers, one has the sense that Wran is caught somewhere between scientific modernity and something older, buried deep in the human imagination, that been carried into the city and is now seeking to find a way to express itself with the tools at hand. Master of All Worlds Imaginative. Leigh rated it really liked it Jan 14, Posted by Gandelyn at 3: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Dan Goodman rated it it was ok Jan 17, 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 variou Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr.

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By the early s, we encounter in Leiber a writer who has fully acquired stylistic finesse, dramatic power, and deftly-handled symbolic details; “Smoke Ghost” exemplifies these qualities, and takes the reader by astounding surprise in how it conjures up a true sense of terror.

But he always saw it around dusk, either in the smoky half-light, or tinged with red by the flat rays of a dirty sunset, or covered by ghostly wind-blown white sheets of rain-splash, or patched with blackish snow; and it seemed unusually bleak and suggestive, almost beautifully ugly, though in no sense picturesque; dreary but meaningful.


Black Glass was about an old man surreally observing Manhattan in the s; it seems eerie now because the climax takes place at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Kyle rated it liked it Nov 12, William Frizzell-Carlton rated it really liked it Oct 20, A dingy, melancholy little world of tar-paper, tarred gravel and smoky brick.

Good Short Fiction to Read. The Hill and the Hole was creepy.

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Tim Dawson rated it it was amazing Jul 19, In the mids he had corresponded with H. Joey rated it it was amazing Apr 03, Here he can work a fear into the reader like no other, and Leiber never wastes a word in the particular magic, dark or otherwise, that he unerringly creates. Howard A Storyteller Transported from Antiquity. Amelie rated it really liked it Jan 01, Want to Read saving…. 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.

Chris rated it really liked it Sep 14, The setting of this story is predominately those deserted office buildings because late at nightas well as crowded commuter trains, and doctor’s offices, and creaking elevators.

Dirt, detritus, flakes and dust of modern urban life obsess Leiber here and also in his novel Our Lady of Darkness. This site uses cookies.

William boomer rated it liked it Jul 31, Newer Post Older Post Home. This is most clearly stated in the role of the elevated train in the story. I mean a ghost from the world today, with the soot of the factories on its face and the pounding of machinery in its soul. Books by Fritz Leiber.


Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions

Apr 17, Andrew Saylor rated it it was amazing. A smoky composite face with the hungry anxiety of the unemployed, the neurotic restlessness of the person without purpose, the high-pressure metropolitan worker, the uneasy resentment of the striker, the callous opportunism of the scab, the aggressive whine of the panhandler, the inhibited terror of the bombed civilian, and a thousand other twisted emotional patterns.

James and maybe Lovecraft too, a reaction against the ghost as a haunter of libraries, cloisters and college rooms.

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Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber

Height represents status and security, on the one hand, but with smkke comes an undefined sense of threat. Connie rated it it was ok Sep 16, Ambrose Bierce The damascened steel edge of imagination. In the world of fantasy, Leiber is a writer who can take you into the deepest wells of laughter, suspense, thrills, and frifz compassion, and always these oeiber hit you unexpectedly.

Zang rated it it was amazing Nov 16, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Leiber’s capacity for endless self-reinvention and productive self-examination kept him, until his death, one of the most modern of his sf generation. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Theodore Sturgeon Empathy for those you never imagined. Robert Bloch It exists in the mind. Leiber’s ghost is and remains of uncertain nature, something god-like, something demonic, something perhaps spawned from racial memory itself.

Dick Storytelling outside the box. Jackinator rated it really liked it Oct 12,