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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It’s face, Catesby speculates, is an amalgamation of: The kind that would haunt coal yards and slip around at night through deserted office buildings like this one. Posted by Gandelyn at 3: Rawan rated it really liked it Aug 04, 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.

Master of All Worlds Imaginative.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This page short story originally appeared in the October issue of Unknown Worlds.

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.

One of my all-time favourite weird stories.

Jim rated it really liked it Dec 25, Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Dick Storytelling outside the box. Have you ever thought what a ghost of our times would look like, Miss Millick?


Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions by Fritz Leiber

This was how the reviewer mostly knew Mr. There was a particular little sea of roofs he had grown into the habit of glancing at just as the packed car carrying him homeward lurched around a turn. Howard Phillips Lovecraft Reaility is far more than we surmise it to be. The opening page of “Smoke Ghost” as it appeared in Unknown Worlds. 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. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Books by Fritz Leiber. The smoke ghost is all our negative, alienated feelings come back to haunt us Ambrose Bierce The damascened steel edge of imagination. Chris rated it really liked it Sep 14, To ask other readers questions about Smoke Ghostplease sign up. Trivia About Smoke Ghost.

Good Short Fiction to Read: Review: “Smoke Ghost” by Fritz Leiber, Jr.

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. This site uses cookies. This is the second best ghost story I have ever read or first, depending on whether or not you might call a Wendigo a ghost.


To say much more is to introduce spoilers and who wants that? Lee Suang rated it did not like it May 08, Tim Newton rated it it was amazing Mar 22, When a man keeps on seeing a smoke ghost, he questions his own sanity. All Wran can see is varieties of pain, anger and worry, a composite face; individuality, however crudely expressed, has been lost.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. And yet, in the end, it can be appeased, and the manner of that seems to come from the deepest instincts of the human psyche — ones we feel we have outgrown or else forgotten, but in the moment of ultimate terror, can summon up as a survival reflex encoded in our nervous system leibre days of flint-tipped spear and lightning-gifted fire.

Smoke Ghost

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Cassidy rated it really liked it Sep 25, Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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.

There is something creepy on lfiber smoke.