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Middle aged San Francisco horror writer Franz Westen is rediscovering ordinary life following a long alcoholic binge Then one day, peering at his apartment window from atop a nearby hill, he sees a pale brown thing lean out his window and waveThis encounter sends Westen on a quest through ancient books and modern streets, for the dark forces and paramental entities th Fritz Leiber s Our Lady of Darkness is a supernatural mystery novel, plunging deep into an urban consciousness of San Francisco and the strange secrets that may be buried there A queer occult tome and a delicately written journal that may or may not have belonged to author Clark Ashton Smith sets into motion a horrifying mystery concerning the very city itself Franz Westen, author of his own brand of supernatural horror becomes obsessed with the tome and journal after spying something pale and Fritz Leiber s Our Lady of Darkness is a supernatural mystery novel, plunging deep into an urban consciousness of San Francisco and the strange secrets that may be buried there A queer occult tome and a delicately written journal that may or may not have belonged to author Clark Ashton Smith sets into motion a horrifying mystery concerning the very city itself Franz Westen, author of his own brand of supernatural horror becomes obsessed with the tome and journal after spying something pale and brown out of the window of his apartment.The very core of the novel lies in the intense study of the city itself I ve unfortunately never been to San Francisco but I m sure the novel would serve as an excellent though sinister guidebook The cryptic past of buildings, strange neighborhoods, and occult graffiti on a jagged hill that seems to stand apart from the megalithic city that surrounds it Leiber weaves this strange psychogeography into remnants of the past and hidden secrets that the occult tome and journal offer to our protagonist The shadows of the bohemian literates of the 20s loom ever present in the background, Leiber even mirrors them with a merrily decadent scholar in a new milieu of esotericism that has sprung up in San Francisco It all comes together as amodern mythos novel of sorts, where the lives of C.A Smith, Lovecraft, and others have a direct impact on the narrative,so than the slimy, ethereal creatures of their stories The amount of references to other authors and works here is exhaustive, and wonderful to read, especially if one is well versed within the genre Leiber s prose shines through the entire novel, masterful use of foreshadowing, metaphors, and storytelling drives the narrative forward to its terrifying conclusion A wonderful novel which has sparked my own literary quest to hunt down and read Leiber s The Pale Brown Thing, to get further insight and perspective on the strange events of the novel Although I love Conjure Wife , I think this just might be Leiber s best novel of terror It displays many intriguing elements a candid self portrait for its protagonist aging widower and novelist of the supernatural Franz Westen, a recovering alcoholic afraid of commitment , an evocative mid 70 s San Francisco setting so detailed and precise that walking tours have been based on it, affectionate homages to both the traditional English ghost story and Weird Tales a specter which evokes M Although I love Conjure Wife , I think this just might be Leiber s best novel of terror It displays many intriguing elements a candid self portrait for its protagonist aging widower and novelist of the supernatural Franz Westen, a recovering alcoholic afraid of commitment , an evocative mid 70 s San Francisco setting so detailed and precise that walking tours have been based on it, affectionate homages to both the traditional English ghost story and Weird Tales a specter which evokes M.R James Whistle and I ll Come to You, My Lad, a journal supposedly written by Clark Ashton Smith, and some Lovecraftian speculations concerning geometry , an informed and effective use of Jungian psychology, and the final element that ties them all together so effectively the pseudo science of megapolisomancy Megapolisomancy, as its Classical roots suggest, is the practice of the particular form of magic which can unleash the power of a great metropolis The inventor of the term, the fictional author Thibaut de Castries, maintains that the large concentrations of stone, concrete, and metal contained in such cities, combined with electricity and other fuels, constitute a great reservoir of energy which is organized by the grid pattern of the streets and heightened by the shapes and heights of particular buildings, which properly manipulated may evoke powerful occult forces These forces, Westen suspects, are intensifying this very minute, and they are centered in his San Francisco neighborhood perhaps in his very own apartment building.I could go on at greater length about the many beauties of the novel the sharp yet affectionate portraits of the tenants, the love for good books, good conversation, and good music displayed throughout, etc but I suspect you would enjoy them better if you discovered them for yourself So sit back, relax, and let yourself be terrified You are in the hands of a master We Control the VerticalYou can check every detail of Leiber s physical descriptions on Google Earth The rocks atop Corona Heights do have faded astrological graffiti There is an old seven storey hotel at 811 Geary whose rear windows face the Heights two miles away, and which goes into shadow from the high rise next door with the afternoon sun I have no doubt that the details of the public transport routes and the transfer points necessary to get from one to the another are exactly correct We Control the VerticalYou can check every detail of Leiber s physical descriptions on Google Earth The rocks atop Corona Heights do have faded astrological graffiti There is an old seven storey hotel at 811 Geary whose rear windows face the Heights two miles away, and which goes into shadow from the high rise next door with the afternoon sun I have no doubt that the details of the public transport routes and the transfer points necessary to get from one to the another are exactly correct as of 1977 Even if the place hadn t been named, it could be nowhere else than San Francisco.811 Geary Leiber revels in precise placement Who sits between whom at a small dinner party is essential The names of office buildings, monuments, churches, and TV masts are of crucial importance to him The precise point in his journeys between the entangled locations at which he shifts his binoculars specified as seven power from around his neck to his pocket are significant events in the story The alternative entry and exit points to Corona Heights and Buena Vista Park and their proximity to Haight Ashbury are parts of a kind of intimate factual description of the city The unique reality of of existence in that place, from the height of the fog on the hills to the number of pedestrians on the streets, is a crucial component of Leiber s story.The view from Corona Heights with fencing detail Within this intense realism, the shock of the unexpected entry of an alternative reality takes on its own intensity, as when Then the paramental entity reached through the glasses at his eyes There is no preparation for this It simply appears This is cinema or a small screen script without the cues for mood music Leiber can t signal horror any other way So he grabs the readers unawares from the mass of quotidian reality The intrusion of the not normal is abrupt, confusing to the reader eventhan to the protagonist, and finished as soon as it begins And then it s back to the details A lightning flash with the emotional reverberation of delayed thunder as the story progresses.The characters too are so unmistakably denizens of the pre high tech Bay The fey harpsichordist girlfriend the co tenants of ambiguous gender the Peruvian concierge and her Americanised daughter the lugubrious guru of occult wisdom the autobiographical protagonist writer himself are all distinctly of the place Only the latter is consciously aware of it, but all are obsessed with its history, its topography, and its urban legends They each come from somewhere else but have been entirely captivated and absorbed by its atmosphere of inherent strangeness They do after all inhabit a crossroads between the dry, hot mission country of the South and the cold, wet forests of the North They sit on the Rim and on the Fault which act as a collection point for the entire Pacific Humanity which is Ill attached elsewhere slides or floats there into a sort of enchanted sump.The detail continues in a sort of literary history of the genre All the big names are dropped Lovecraft, Machen, etc and a score of those somewhat lesser known, including Leiber himself Generic tropes are scattered like pollen Egyptian goddesses, Chinese sorcerers, golem like entities, and cognoscenti with grudges and restless souls They tend to inhabit the steel in buildings as well as disused broom closets for somewhat arcane reasons having to with electrical energies the physics are19th C than 21st Various occult mysteries are alluded to and connected historically to the tale at hand This is material for the aficionado It establishes the place of Leiber s story in a literary as well as sociological context It also provides a generic education for those who have unfortunate gaps in their own.The effect of Leiber s technique is interesting Unless the reader is willing to submit to the, at times, tedious physical and cultural travelogue, the story becomes senseless This technique is the pot in which the paramental is cooking itself and from which it emerges Readerly cooperation with Leiber s technique, therefore, isn t optional The dramatic tension is contained in the experiential trivia of city life The implication Leiber clearly intends is this If you re not prepared to get with the programme, don t bother making the effort And why not Part of the enjoyment of reading is submission to the rules laid down by the author It s a way of learning His is an eccentric form of mentorship, but it works Fritz Leiber, despite beingwidely known today for his science fiction and the sword and sorcery tales starring Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, was also one of the most original and important horror authors in the history of the genre His short stories from the 40 s, such as Smoke Ghost, The Dreams of Albert Moreland, and The Girl with the Hungry Eyes along with his classic 1943 novel, Conjure Wife were groundbreaking, and cemented his status as the most influential American writer Fritz Leiber, despite beingwidely known today for his science fiction and the sword and sorcery tales starring Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, was also one of the most original and important horror authors in the history of the genre His short stories from the 40 s, such as Smoke Ghost, The Dreams of Albert Moreland, and The Girl with the Hungry Eyes along with his classic 1943 novel, Conjure Wife were groundbreaking, and cemented his status as the most influential American writer of horror and weird fiction in the post Lovecraft 40 s, paving the way for near future greats like Bradbury, Beaumont, and Matheson Whereas most supernatural fiction before Leiber was set in isolated places, he brought the paranormal into the streets of modern cities like Chicago and San Francisco, with some of the finest prose in speculative fiction.1977 s Our Lady of Darkness, Leiber s final novel is, in a way, the culmination of all his ghost stories up until this point The story revolves around Franz, a horror writer and recovering alcoholic in San Fran loosely based on Fritz himself who, after discovering in a used bookstore an old handwritten journal of bizarre metaphysical ramblings which he believes to have been owned by real life horror fantasist and Lovecraft colleague Clark Ashton Smith begins experiencing inexplicable, seemingly supernatural happenings in the city He periodically notices a mysterious, robed and hooded figure atop the nearby ominous hill known as Corona Heights Intrigued, he decides to visit the hill himself and, once atop it, sees if he can find his apartment building among the multitude with his binoculars, just for the heck of it What Franz notices in his apartment window chills him mild, early spoiler it s the same robed figurestaring at him end spoiler To say anywould ruin the fun of experiencing the slow building mystery that, while not exactly filled with blood curdling terror, is stuffed with the sense of foreboding doom and unsettling, almost smothering atmosphere that Leiber began perfecting four decades earlier with the help of his semi mentor and letters correspondent, H.P Lovecraft Leiber, however, has a muchengaging style than ole H.P., and I was totally unaware of the outside world while reading.Though it certainly won t be for everyone as evidenced by the mixed reviews here , due to long passages of exposition that may not be to some readers tastes, this was a completely absorbing experience for me, and anyone looking for a unique take on the classic ghost story could certainly do worse than Our Lady of Darkness This, along with Conjure Wife and his short story collections such as Night s Black Agents, Heroes and Horrors, Night Monsters, and The Ghost Light are without peer in the genre, and are absolutely essential for fans of imaginative, well written horror.5 Stars