By Fritz Leiber
What if part the world's inhabitants (the girl part) practiced witchcraft and saved it a mystery from men?
Norman Saylor, a professor of ethnology, discovers his spouse Tansy has positioned his study within the box of "Negro Conjure Magic" into perform for the sake of shielding him from different spell-casting college other halves who desire to additional their very own husbands careers. a guy of technology, Norman has merely an instructional curiosity within the topic of magic and superstition and forces Tansy to stop all her workings and to burn all her charms. once Norman burns the final attraction, issues begin to crumble. He has a run-in with a former pupil, his student-secretary accuses him of getting seduced her, and he's omitted for a promoting that had appeared certain.
Norman starts off to have greater than his fair proportion of small injuries: slicing himself whereas shaving, stepping on carpet tacks, slicing his hand with a letter opener, and extra. He starts off to visualize that there's a darkish presence exploiting his worry of vans. Tansy takes his curse upon herself forcing him to beat his disbelief and use witchcraft to save lots of his wife's body—and her soul.
Originally released in 1953, Conjure spouse is taken into account a latest vintage of horror-fantasy and has been tailored for movie 3 times: Burn, Witch Burn (1962); Weird Woman (1944); and Witch's Brew (1980). yet one more movie remake is within the works.
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John! ” The thing gave chase, its shaved-ham feet slapping the floor behind me. My candle went out. I tossed it aside. I saw a closed door to my right, so I skidded to a stop, threw it open, and flung myself in. Linen shelves smacked me in the face and I fell back out of the closet, dazed. The meat man wrapped its cold links around my neck and lifted me up. It pinned me against the wall. “You disappoint me. All those times we have dueled. In the desert. In the city. ” I was so impressed by this thing’s ability to articulate words using that flapping deer tongue and a frozen turkey that I almost lost track of what it was saying.
My adopted family moved away, I won’t tell you where they are. But get out your pen because you’ll want to write this down. My biological mom? ” “That must have been hard. What was the—” “She was a strung-out, crank-addicted cannibal, dabbled in vampirism and shamanism. My mom, she worshipped some major devil when I was a toddler. Blew her welfare check every month on black candles. Sure, Satan would do her favors now and then, but there’s always a catch with the Devil. ” “No. This, this silliness, it’s what I do when I’m nervous.
I spun around, moved toward the commotion. The dog seemed to eye me carefully, then ran off in the other direction. I looked around— Ah. Giggling now. There was a bundle of girls, away from the stage, huddled with their backs to the band. They were surrounding a black guy with dreadlocks, an overcoat. He had one of those Rastafarian berets on his head, definitely going for a look, wanting the attention. Two of the girls had their hands over their mouths, eyes bulging, screaming for the guy to do it again, do it again.
Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber