Smoke Ghost: & Other Apparitions

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A collection of supernatural horror stories by a multiple award-winning master of the fantastic.
 
From the author of Swords and Deviltry and many other classic novels, a recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, this is a treasure trove of horrific tales, many of which remained out of print for decades after appearing in such magazines as Unknown, Thrilling Mystery, Startling Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the acclaimed horror specialty magazine Whispers 13–14.
 
In addition to the title story, this collection also includes: “Cry Witch!” (1951), “I’m Looking for Jeff” (1952), “Ms. Found in a Maelstrom” (1959), “The Button Molder” (1979), “Dark Wings” (1976), and “The Enormous Bedroom” (2001), which is original to this volume.
 
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Fritz Leiber is considered one of science fiction's legends. Author of a prodigious number of stories and novels, many of which were made into films, he is best known as creator of the classic Lankhmar fantasy series. Fritz Leiber has won awards too numerous to count including the coveted Hugo and Nebula, and was honored as a lifetime Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He died in 1992. 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
347
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ISBN
9781497616769
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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