You never know what you’re going to find at library bag sales; those things are a great dumping place for …
Fritz Leiber’s World Fantasy Award-winning take on the lurking, eldritch horror popularized by H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. Set in San Francisco, it deals with madness and horrors breeding in the cities of modern man.
Fritz Leiber’s classic dark fantasy, a tale of supernatural powers handled by a housewife. A great horror novel; even though it’s a bit dated and showing its age, it has an amazing mood, with horror lurking just a few chapters away.
Continuing on with our Octoberly theme of dark, weird, and horror fiction, George R.R. Martin’s collection of early short stories. These are strange and eldritch stories, of dying worlds and human ascension, of horrific alien pets and heretical religions.
“By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes.” The great granddaddy of all “evil carnival” tales. Two Illinois tweens and a dad fend off supernatural horror and corruption. “…beware… the autumn people…”
“He met a stranger – She said she was his wife.” A slick little tale about a man who wakes up with everyone thinking he’s somebody else. There’s a lurking shooter off in the woods, and a redheaded Tomboy, and some Red menace.
Continuing my Silverberg binge, Planet Stories’ newest omnibus, The Planet Killers. Three halves of three Ace Doubles, space operas with espionage and intrigue akimbo. As a fan of mystery/crime novels, I consider this a good thing.
A heavily philosophical utopian SF novel with a distinct underlying theme: if someone/something is gullible or naive, it’s one of the only likable characters in the book. A fatalistic experiment that is largely hit-or-miss, though one riddled with complexity and creativity.