By Fritz Leiber
Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) should be top referred to as a delusion author, yet he released commonly and effectively within the horror and technological know-how fiction fields. His fiction gained the Hugo, Nebula, Derleth, Gandalf, Lovecraft, and global myth Awards, and he was once commemorated with the lifestyles success Lovecraft Award and the Grand grasp Nebula Award. certainly one of his most sensible novels is the vintage darkish fable Our woman of Darkness (1978 winner of the realm delusion Award).
Our woman of Darkness introduces San Francisco horror author Franz Westen. whereas learning his loved urban via binoculars from his house window, he's astonished to work out a mysterious determine waving at him from a hilltop miles away. He walks to Corona Heights and appears again at his construction, to find the determine waving at him from his condo window—and to discover himself stuck in a century-spanning curse that could have destroyed Clark Ashton Smith and Jack London.
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Our Mr. Cattell” took a fervent personal interest in it. “It’s ‘eartrending, isn’t it, sir, ” he said, “to picture the quantity of reelly lovely medeevial stuff of this kind that lays well-nigh unnoticed in many of our residential country ‘ouses: much of it in peril, I take it, of being cast aside as so much rubbish. What is it Shakespeare says— unconsidered trifles. Ah, I often say he ‘as a word for us all, sir. I say Shakespeare, but I’m well aware all don’t ‘old with me there—I ‘ad something of an upset the other day when a gentleman came in—a titled man, too, he was, and I think he told me he’d wrote on the topic, and I ‘appened to cite out something about ‘Ercules and the painted cloth.
Having seen him in such topping spirits the night before, Mr. Casbury was amaz’d when he learn’d the death. He was found in the town ditch, the hair as was said pluck’d clean off his head. Most bells in Oxford rung out for him, being a nobleman, and he was buried next night in St. Peter’s in the East. But two years after, being to be moved to his country estate by his successor, it was said the coffin, breaking by mischance, proved quite full of Hair: which sounds fabulous, but yet I believe precedents are upon record, as in Dr.
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Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber