Strange Stories # Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber. Strange Story # Smoke Ghost Author: Fritz Leiber Collected In: Selected Stories. Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions has 48 ratings and 3 reviews. Carla Remy said : Dirt, detritus, flakes and dust of modern urban life obsess Leiber (here a. Smoke Ghost has 32 ratings and 5 reviews. When a man keeps on seeing a smoke ghost, he questions his own sanity.

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Height represents status and security, on the one hand, but with height comes an undefined sense of threat. Well crafted with gems for all. That was the first time, to my knowledge, that I’ve read it in a chronological sequence and been able to compare it to other stories of its time Grandmaster Theodore Sturgeon Let’s get him published in cheap paperbacks again so that today’s masses can discover him!

Instead, he is an advertising executive, high enough up the ladder to have an office to himself, a secretary to take dictation.

Cocktail Hour: Smoke Ghost (inspired by Fritz Leiber’s short story of the same name)

Boring and in no way chilling. Howard A Storyteller Transported from Antiquity. Shane rated it it was amazing Nov 08, Lytle Sean rated it really liked it Apr 06, One might understand that fear given that Catesby Wran is not himself part of that world. It’s something that sticks with you a little. A smoky composite face with the hungry anxiety of the unemployed, the neurotic restlessness of the person without purpose, the high-pressure metropolitan worker, the uneasy resentment of the striker, the callous opportunism of the scab, the aggressive whine of the panhandler, the inhibited terror of the bombed civilian, and a thousand other twisted emotional patterns.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Read this when I was quite young, and it’s really stayed with me. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And not just its face, we understand as we read this, but its emotions, such as they are, too.

Good Short Fiction to Read: Review: “Smoke Ghost” by Fritz Leiber, Jr.

This is the second best ghost story I have ever read or first, depending on whether or not you might call a Wendigo a ghost. Want to Smokw saving…. The opening page of “Smoke Ghost” as it appeared in Unknown Worlds.

Another delightful collection of horror stories from Mr. Chris rated it it was amazing Nov 12, In the world of fantasy, Leiber is a writer who can take you into the deepest wells of laughter, suspense, thrills, and even compassion, and always these sensations hit you unexpectedly. Chris Limb rated it really liked it Dec 18, The ghost here is more a life-form stemming from another wave-length to our fleshly zone, yet it cohabits our world, manifesting gradually through the niggling detritus of our urban existence, seeking entry, attachment and energy through the doubts that increasingly crowd our minds as life progresses, no matter how hard we try to contain them, rationalize them, and shunt them away.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Modern times require modern ghosts; Wran makes this ghosy as he expands on his theme.

There was a particular little sea of roofs he had grown into the habit of glancing at just as the packed car carrying him homeward lurched around a turn. Preview — Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber. Brian rated it really liked it Dec 13, Refresh and try again.


The story may most readily be acquired today from the collection, Selected Stories by Fritz Leiberpublished by Night Shade Books, copyright Trivia About Smoke Ghost. Wednesday, October 12, Review: Leiber’s capacity for endless self-reinvention and productive self-examination kept him, until his frits, one of the most modern of his sf generation.

Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions

All Wran can see is varieties of pain, anger and worry, a composite face; individuality, however crudely expressed, has been lost.

Posted by James Everington at William Oarlock rated rfitz liked it Aug 14, Thomas Hargreaves rated it liked it Jun 16, These are the fruits of a complex weaver of plot and character.

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