Summary

In this superb novel, originally published in 1977, Fritz Leiber explores the concept of "paramentals". Leiber makes his definitive statement on alienation within the urban environment and the capacity of concrete, steel, and glass to suck up miseries and spew forth monsters.
©1978 Estate of Fritz Leiber, Jr. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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1978 World Fantasy Award
"For anyone who loves great literature, Fritz Leiber walked on water." (Harlan Ellison)
"A first-class supernatural horror story, written with all the relaxed ease of an old master." (David Pringle, Hugo-winning editor of Interzone)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bodie on 21-06-12

Peerless.

Fritz was one of the great writers of the 20th Century, and I am delighted to see that his two classic novels Conjure Wife and Our Lady of Darkness are now on Audible.

Our Lady of Darkness (I feel) is Fritz's masterwork, the semi autobiographical thread of a man emerging from alcoholism and seeing the world perhaps a little too clearly is powerful and moving. The detail of the converted hotel, and San Francisco itself bring a real sense of wonder and menace to the book and all this is delivered in Leiber's wondrous prose.

The characters we meet and get to know are a real pleasure, they are interesting people and their conversations, which weave together the back story, are just fascinating.

Riding over all this is the supernatural element, Lovecraftian paramental entities which haunt Franz and San Francisco.

The finale when it arrives is brilliantly delivered and the book and leaves one very happy to have been part of the journey.

Listened to with Conjure Wife they present wonderful bookends to an amazing career (well 40 years of it), where his more well known fantasy work has perhaps over shadowed his brilliant urban horror stories (such as Smoke Ghost) which have rarely been matched.

Fritz of course carried on to many more stories after this, often with San Francisco at it's hub, culminating in the creepy and strange 'Horrible Imaginings'.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 20-06-12

Outstanding!

My favorite novel by my favorite writer, "Our Lady of Darkness" by Fritz Leiber has held up for me with repeated readings, and I was delighted to finally hear this book performed on audio. Charles Busch did an outstanding job, reading the story with intelligence and verve, skillfully bringing the various characters to life with a solid array of voices. Bravo!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joe Krippel on 28-09-16

terrible narrator

story good; narrator terrible. irritating voice, frequently read sentences incorrectly with pauses in the wrong place.

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