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Our Lady of Darkness

Fritz Leiber

Orb Books

Middle-aged San Francisco horror writer Franz Westen is rediscovering ordinary life following a long alcoholic binge. Then one day, peering at his apartment window from atop a nearby hill, he sees a pale brown thing lean out his window…and wave.

This encounter sends Westen on a quest through ancient books and modern streets, for the dark forces and paramental entities that thrive amidst the towering skyscrapers of modern urban life…and meanwhile, the entities are also looking for him.

A pioneering work of modern urban fantasy, Our Lady of Darkness is perhaps Fritz Leiber’s greatest novel.

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The solitary, steep hill called Corona Heights was black as pitch and very silent, like the heart of the unknown. It looked steadily downward and northeast away at the nervous, bright lights of downtown San Francisco as if it were a great predatory beast of night surveying its territory in patient search of prey.
The waxing gibbous moon had set, and the stars at the top of the black heavens were still diamond sharp. To the west lay a low bank of fog. But to the east, beyond the city’s business center and the fog-surfaced Bay, the narrow ghostly ribbon of the dawn’s earliest
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“A first-class supernatural horror story, written with all the relaxed ease of an old master.”--David Pringle, Hugo-winning editor of Interzone

“For anyone who loves great literature, Fritz Leiber walked on water.”--Harlan Ellison

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  • Fritz Leiber

  • FRITZ LEIBER, who died in 1992, was one of the most important SF and fantasy writers of the century.
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    Fritz Leiber

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