By Fritz Leiber
Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) should be top often called a delusion author, yet he released extensively and effectively within the horror and technological know-how fiction fields. His fiction gained the Hugo, Nebula, Derleth, Gandalf, Lovecraft, and international delusion Awards, and he used to be commemorated with the existence success Lovecraft Award and the Grand grasp Nebula Award. one among his most sensible novels is the vintage darkish myth Our woman of Darkness (1978 winner of the area fable Award).
Our woman of Darkness introduces San Francisco horror author Franz Westen. whereas learning his liked urban via binoculars from his residence window, he's astonished to work out a mysterious determine waving at him from a hilltop miles away. He walks to Corona Heights and appears again at his construction, to find the determine waving at him from his condo window—and to discover himself stuck in a century-spanning curse which may have destroyed Clark Ashton Smith and Jack London.
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She felt like a silly young girl struck by a juvenile infatuation, rather than like a mature young woman, and she looked away from her reflection, afraid that she would accidentally catch her own eyes, meet her own gaze and end up laughing at herself. Instead, she studied the frame of the large mirror, which was also of red cedar, carved to form two long slim alligators. Their scaly tails touched at the base of the mirror, hiding the sturdy braces that attached the piece to the top of the dresser, while their wide and toothy mouths met snout-to-snout at the top of the mirror.
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber