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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Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions

Again, in his final encounter ghodt the spirit of the city, embodied in Miss Firtz, herself representative of so many city workers, one has the sense that Wran is caught somewhere between scientific modernity and something older, buried deep in the human imagination, that been carried into the city and is now seeking to find a way to express itself with the tools at hand. But once one discovers this other side to Leiber’s imagination, it comes as a revelation.

Faces are not the only recurring motif in the story. Fritz Leiber Collected In: Kornbluth His stories leave a lasting impression on the psyche. Soon, the sighting becomes an obsession, and Wran fears the shape — an embodiment of all that is dirty and frightening about the modern world — is pursuing him, attempting to taint him with its grime.

My favorite is Black Ewe. This is most clearly stated in the role of the elevated train in the story. Fine stories all, and in some of their period detail you could perhaps date those stories after Leiber’s.


Theodore Sturgeon Empathy for those you never imagined. It’s face, Catesby speculates, is an amalgamation of: Open Preview See a Problem?

Thursday, 10 May Strange Stories The quotation which I started this piece with comes from right at the start of the story, as if to let the unsuspecting Forties reader know that things had changed.

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 somke the doubts that increasingly crowd our minds as leibe progresses, no matter how hard we try to contain them, rationalize them, and shunt them away.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Preview — Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber. Amelie rated it really liked it Jan 01, Books by Fritz Leiber. Nicole Wright rated it really liked it Nov 19, Almost the first thing the reader knows about Catesby Wran is that he is preoccupied with ghosts, but not any old ghost. Good Short Fiction to Read.

Noted author Ramsey Campbell has provided an introduction and editors John Pelan and Steve Savile provide some bibliographic notes on the texts of this volume and the preceding collection, The Black Gondolier. William Frizzell-Carlton rated it really liked it Oct 20, At first sight, his modern ghosts appear to be working-class ghosts, blue-collar ghosts, ghosts with dirty hands, who queue up to punch their cards, who worry about losing their.

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Leiber’s science fiction includes the planet-smashing The Wanderer in which a large cast mostly survive flood, fire, and the sexual attentions of feline aliens, and the satirical A Spectre is Haunting Texas in which a gangling, exo-skeleton-clad actor from the Moon leads a revolution and finds his true love. Kornbluth He knew the future all too well. The opening page of “Smoke Ghost” as it appeared in Unknown Worlds.

Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber

Refresh and try again. Roby rated it it was ok May 25, Because like all the crap that we pump into the skies, it seems hard to imagine that all the stress and rage of modern life that we exude isn’t floating around too, forming god knows what shapes in the sky.

One might understand that fear given that Catesby Wran is not himself part of that world. Dan Goodman rated it it was ok Jan 17, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Lists with This Book. Smoke Ghost by Fritz Leiber.

But he always saw it around dusk, either in the smoky half-light, or tinged with red by the flat rays of a dirty sunset, or covered by ghostly wind-blown white sheets of rain-splash, or patched with blackish snow; and it seemed unusually bleak leibdr suggestive, almost beautifully ugly, though in no sense picturesque; dreary but meaningful.