• Fiction,  Ireland

    more Leiber

    The second edition of the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies has gone online. In one of those funny fits of synchronicity, it contains an article by English horror writer Ramsey Campbell about Fritz Leiber. Expect to see retrospectives about the man popping up everywhere – a Leiber current appears to be vibrating the airwaves at the moment. Also, I forgot to mention that in the dealer’s room at P-Con last weekend I nabbed an American first-edition paperback copy of Leiber’s science fiction novel, The Big Time (1958), for a paltry three euros. I expect to whiz through it quickly since it’s only 127 pages. If only more novels…

  • Fiction,  Reviews,  Thoughts

    generic thinking

    As I’ve noted before, I have difficulties reading and writing fantasy fiction for a variety of reasons. Yet, there are a couple of stories brewing in my head that insist on the genre. So be it. In a quest for inspiration on how to write good fantasy I turned to the master: Fritz Leiber. Luckily, I was able to snag the two volumes of collected Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser tales, so I’m currently embroiled in adventures across the dangerous smog-drenched streets of Lankhmar. Leiber, along with his peer, Robert E. Howard, trailblazed the modern notion of heroic fantasy. These chaps were churning out tales of adventurers abroad in strange…