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Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft:
Writers of the Dark

By Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft
Edited by Ben J.S. Szumskyj and S.T. Joshi


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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 until Lovecraft’s passing.

Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark presents Lovecraft’s letters to Leiber, and impressive selection of Leiber’s Lovecraft-inspired fiction, and a selection of Leiber’s fine essays on H.P. Lovecraft and Matters Lovecraftian.

Features and introduction by Ben J.S. Szumskyj and and afterword by S.T. Joshi.


  • Introduction by Ben J.S. Szumskyj
  • H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Fritz and Jonquil Leiber
  • Stories and Poems by Fritz Leiber
    • Adept’s Gambit
    • The Demons of the Upper Air
    • The Sunken Land
    • Diary in the Snow
    • The Dreams of Albert Moreland
    • The Dead Man
    • A Bit of the Dark World
    • To Arkham and the Stars
    • The Terror from the Depths
  • 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

Bibliographic Information

Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark.. By Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft, Edited by Ben J.S. Szumskyj and S.T. Joshi. Holicong, NJ: Wildside Press; 2003; ISBN 0-8095-0077-9 (hardcover), 0-8095-0078-7 (softcover), 324 pages.

Purchasing This Book

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