First published in 2003 by Wildside Press as a Hardback

Drawing together Fritz’s Lovecraft inspired stories (overt and more subtle) along his fascinating and insightful writings about Lovecraft.  For a Leiber fan the essays are the win here, but for a Lovecraft fan, they get some fine essays as well as a good selection of Fritz’s weird fiction.  My only comment is that the cover is not terribly inviting…

Publisher info:
While Howard Phillips Lovecraft was closing the final chapter of his writing career, Fritz Reuter Leiber was only beginning to open his own. The year was 1936 and Jonquil Leiber, Fritz’s first wife, sent a letter on her own initiative to Lovecraft, knowing that her husband had been an avid admirer of his work, ever since his first reading of “The Colour out of Space” and hoping that Lovecraft’s presence in Fritz’s slow-paced writing career might be the source of inspiration he so dearly needed. Lovecraft replied promptly on November 2 of that year, the seed of an invigorating correspondence, which lasted till Lovecraft’s passing. Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark presents Lovecraft’s letters to Leiber, an impressive selection of Leiber’s fiction which shows Lovecraft’s influence, and a selection of Leiber’s essays on Lovecraft and Matters Lovecraftian. Features an introduction by Ben J. S. Szumskyj and an afterword by S.T. Joshi.

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Contents (stories listed below alphabetical order)

Introduction by Ben J.S. Szumskyj
H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Fritz and Jonquil Leiber
Essays by Fritz Leiber
The Works of H.P. Lovecraft: Suggestions for a Critical Appraisal
Some Random Thoughts About Lovecraft’s Writings
Leiber on Onderdonk
A Literary Copernicus
My Correspondence with Lovecraft
Lovecraft: A Symposium
The “Whisperer” Re-examined
Through Hyperspace with Brown Jenkin
The Cthulhu Mythos: Wondrous and Terrible
Lovecraft in My Life
Afterword by S.T. Joshi

Contains the following short stories (listed in alphabetical order)

A Bit of the Dark World

Adept's Gambit

Demons of the Upper Air

Diary in the Snow

The Dead Man

The Dreams of Albert Moreland

The Sunken Land

The Terror from the Depths

To Arkham and the Stars