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Fritz Leiber: Conjure Wife & Our Lady of Darkness

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  • Fritz Leiber: Conjure Wife & Our Lady of Darkness

    Just wondering if anyone has read these two Leiber novels to recommend them - I've only ever read his Lankhmar stuff.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Ladies-Co...t_at_ep_dpt_12#
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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    Found a paperback copy of Conjure Wife years ago, got the impression it might be a weird gothic romance experiment by FL and never got around to reading it. Let us know how it goes with the book, should you dare!
    "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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    • #3
      Yeah, I've read both.
      Conjure Wife
      http://www.iblist.com/book2116.htm

      Our Lady of Darkness
      http://www.iblist.com/book2122.htm

      I don't normally go for horror stuff, but I liked both of them.
      Madness is always the best armor against Reality

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      • #4
        Two great literary horror novels. Nothing gothic romance about them. If anything they are even better than his fantasy stuff in my opinion. Of the two I probably prefer Conjure Wife (which was kindly sent to me by Lemec from this very forum - thanks again!), although both are well worth reading and I'll almost certainly read them both again.
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        • #5
          Thanks for the info, I try to dig it out and give it a proper read.
          "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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          • #6
            I've not read Our Lady of Darkness yet DC, but I read Conjure Wife a long time ago and thought it was a fine tale, and another unacknowledged example of where Mr Leiber has influenced cinema with his literary style.

            Conjure Wife has been adapted for cinema three times to date and preparations are underway for a fourth version:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Eagle

            http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE4BH14L20081218

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Grey Mouser View Post
              I've not read Our Lady of Darkness yet DC, but I read Conjure Wife a long time ago and thought it was a fine tale, and another unacknowledged example of where Mr Leiber has influenced cinema with his literary style.

              Conjure Wife has been adapted for cinema three times to date and preparations are underway for a fourth version:

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Eagle

              http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE4BH14L20081218
              I've seen the 'Night of the Eagle' version, which starts off amazingly, but sadly degenerates as it goes on. Still if you like witchy movies (like I do) it's pretty good.
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              • #8
                Well I'm sold so far - and it looks like I can get a copy online for about $5 or $6. Can't grumble at that.
                Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

                Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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                • #9
                  I read Conjure Wife and loved it. I have a copy of Our Lady of Darkness and haven't tried it yet, but maybe this thread will inspire me....
                  Marv (Finarvyn)
                  Eternal Champion fan since the 1970's
                  Discovered D&D in 1975

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