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Download pdf Full Screen View. Skip to main content. Summary Full Description. Date Issued: At the heart of Leiber's ghost stories, however, rest a firm "tradition" of supernatural fiction, stemming from primitive religion, on the one hand, and literary example on the other. While his urban settings Chicago, San Francisco may be seen as contemporary reinterpretations of Horace Walpole's Gothic castle, his specters are the lineal descendants of Shakespeare's, LeFanu's, and Henry James's.
Leiber's later use of Jungian archetypes Shadow and Anima is superimposed on the traditional ghostly archetype. An analysis of his novel-length ghost story, Our Lady of Darkness , reveals the lurking malevolence of a LeFanu specter, while the ghosts of Shakespeare hover in the wings of stories in which he explores themes of sex, guilt, and death.
In each of Leiber's ghost stories, the elements of the tradition combine with "haunts" from the author's personal psychic history to produce a powerful fantasy experience that persists despite threats to the genre by "science, common sense, and psychiatry. Adair, Gerald M. In "Smoke Ghost" , Fritz Leiber created the contemporary paradigm for the "urban horror story" that has been so successfully exploited by Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell and many others.
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By Fritz Leiber. Nor will science ever be able to kill the feelings of wonder in the human spirit. The mystery of the black outer gulfs, and of the deepest cognitive processes within us, must always remain unplumbed—and against these imagination must always frantically pound …. So wrote H. Lovecraft to his young correspondent Fritz Leiber on 19 December , somewhat less than three months before his own death. Lovecraft had sought to educate his new friend in the classics of the various imaginative genres, from M. James through Lord Dunsany all the way to Olaf Stapledon.
The Weird – Smoke Ghost – Fritz Leiber
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Smoke Ghost: & Other Apparitions
Read this when I was quite young, and it's really stayed with me. One of my all-time favourite weird stories. Great write-up. Post a comment.
THE DEEP ONES: "Smoke Ghost" by Fritz Leiber
Or, more accurately, perhaps, that the narrative movement has shifted direction: the weird emerges more clearly into the contemporary rather than the story leaving the contemporary in search of the strange. Almost the first thing the reader knows about Catesby Wran is that he is preoccupied with ghosts, but not any old ghost. I mean a ghost from the world today, with the soot of the factories on its face and the pounding of machinery in its soul. The kind that would haunt coal yards and slip around at night through deserted office buildings like this one. A real ghost. Not something out of books.