Our Lady of Darkness

Our Lady of Darkness

eBook - 2014
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Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) 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 (1978 winner of the 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 window--and to find himself caught in a century-spanning curse that may have destroyed Clark Ashton Smith and Jack London.
Topical Term: Science fiction
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Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy, 2014
ISBN: 9781497616738
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
PS3523.E4583
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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lukasevansherman
Aug 13, 2016

I'm always on the lookout for obscure/neglected horror/sci-fi/weird writers and Fritz Leiber recently showed up on my radar. Despite his very German name, Leiber was an American writer of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy (Some credit him with coining the genre name "swords and sorcery."), who lived and worked in San Francisco. This is a reissue of a 1978 novel about a horror/fantasy writer (How meta!) in San Francisco who thinks he's seeing monsters. It's much chattier than your average horror story and mentions classic weird tale masters as Lovecrarft and other Bay Area writers like Hammett and Jack London. The title comes from Thomas De Quincey: "And her name is Mater Tenebrarum--Our Lady of Darkness."

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