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World Fantasy Convention. The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program - Page 8. October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/907/show/887.

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World Fantasy Convention. (October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978). The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program - Page 8. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/907/show/887

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Title The Fourth World Fantasy Convention, Program
Creator (LCNAF)
  • World Fantasy Convention
Date October 13, 1978 - October 15, 1978
Description A program book for the Fourth World Fantasy Convention.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • World Fantasy Convention
  • Austin, Alicia
  • Wilson, Gahan
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Fort Worth, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 38
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Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript Spawn of the Dynamo -Richard Dorsett "Our Twentieth centucry had transformed the fable of Mohammed and the mountain; the mountains, now, had converged upon the modern Mohammed." From: "The Aleph," by Jorge Luis Borges Fritz Leiber is the foremost artisan of the modern horror story. Working in the tradition of M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft, he has done more to influence the modern supernatural story than any other writer. Leiberfs fiction springs from a natural progression of weird writers that begins with Le Fanu in the middle of the last century. The same dark creatures still prey on our fears, but in the spirit of the new religion, Technology. The modern city has become one of the main characters in horror fiction; it is the physical manifestation of the dynamo, its streets the temple for millions who worship the gods of industry, its tall building monuments to power that controls us all. Many of Leiberfs stories deal with this theme, especially his earlier ones; his recent novel, 'Our Lady of Darkness, combines urban paranoia with the California locale he is so fond of using, Our Lady of Darkness-is a masterful and genuinely frightening book, and may be one of the ten.best horror novels ever written. Leiber was the first weird fiction writer to understand and utilize the true horror of a big city. That vision, coupled with his natural storytelling ability, has produced some of the best supernatural horror stories ever written. In a discussion of ghost stories in the introduction to ■^reat Ghost Stories, Philip Van Doren Stern says: It is an exceedingly difficult form to master, requiring a distinguished style, deftness in handling atmospheric effects, a wide background in psychology and anthropology, a mature attitude toward life, and, above all, a narrative ability few authors possess. Leiber demonstrates all of Van Doren Stern's requisites. His background includes dramatic experience and an editorship with Science Digest. Early in Leiber's career his story, "Smoke Ghost," appeared in the legendary Unknown magazine. It wasn't his first published story but it was more polished than his previous work. It holds up well even today. "Smoke Ghost" details the beginnings of recognition of and final acceptance of a deity who symbolizes modern man's industrial predicament, ". . .a ghost from the world today, with the soot of the factories in its face and the pounding of machinery in its soul." The main character, Mr tfran, becomes aware of a menacing presence in his life. He talks to his secretary about what a city ghost would look like, and what such a creature would want of its victim. "Sacrifice? Worship? Or just fear?" He gets no response from his giggling secretary and conjectures that such a ghost could even get control of suitably vacuous minds to work its will. It starts on the elevated train. He rides the elevated to work every