Author: Fritz Leiber
Original language: English
Publisher: Berkley/Putnam, 1977
Sometime during a three-year drunk in San Francisco, Franz Westen, a pulp author, bought two strange books. One was
One morning, while examining the city through binoculars, Franz glimpses a priest-like dancing figure on a desolate hill. Fascinated and vaguely horrified, he investigates. The hill is deserted but now he sees the faceless spectre across the city, in his own apartment! Paranoia creeps over Franz; he knows intuitively that he has been selected by this entity. Somehow he must break its hold over him. His two eerie books have the answers.
Hounded through the city by ravenous ghosts and at the end of his wits, Franz finally confronts his curse, the embodiment of the paramental force: Our Lady of Darkness.
Fritz Leiber has written a subtle and elegant book. His realm is the arcane point where technology and mystery, science and horror, meet.