The Pale Brown Thing (Paperback)

The Pale Brown Thing By Fritz Leiber, Donald Sidney-Fryer (Introduction by), John Howard (Afterword by) Cover Image

The Pale Brown Thing (Paperback)

By Fritz Leiber, Donald Sidney-Fryer (Introduction by), John Howard (Afterword by)

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"The ancient Egyptians only buried people in their pyramids. We are living in ours." - Thibaut de Castries


Serialised in 1977, The Pale Brown Thing is a shorter version of Fritz Leiber's World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the supernatural, Our Lady of Darkness. Leiber maintained that the two texts "should be regarded as the same story told at different times"; thus this volume reprints The Pale Brown Thing for the first time in nearly forty years, with an introduction by the author's friend, Californian poet Donald Sidney-Fryer. The novella stands as Leiber's vision of 1970s San Francisco: a city imbued with an eccentric vibe and nefarious entities, in which pulp writer Franz Westen uncovers an alternate portrait of the city's fin de siecle literary set-Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, Clark Ashton Smith-as well as the darker invocations of occultist Thibaut de Castries and a pale brown inhabitant of Corona Heights.

Product Details ISBN: 9781783807611
ISBN-10: 178380761X
Publisher: Swan River Press
Publication Date: February 28th, 2022
Pages: 168
Language: English