Leiber Collection Online

Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber.

The University of Houston Libraries has the largest collection of Fritz Leiber’s papers. They have scanned and posted at their website many publications Leiber brought home from conventions over the decades – complete program books (particularly for the World Fantasy Convention), newsletters, Leiber’s own manuscripts for GOH speech and convention reports.

This digital collection provides a glimpse into the world of science fiction and fantasy conventions during the 1970s and 1980s. It features programs, pamphlets, newsletters, flyers, and other documents collected by writer Fritz Leiber as he attended science fiction and fantasy conventions across the United States and internationally. Leiber often actively participated in these conventions, as a planner, speaker, or presenter. In all, the collection contains over 200 items.

With the recent controversy about the World Fantasy Award’s Lovecraft statuette, this is a timely opportunity to see Kirby McCauley’s flyer for the first World Fantasy Convention which says in part —

The overall plan of the convention is to focus on the serious side of fantasy literature. Fritz Leiber recently reflected on one of the effects of his correspondence with Lovecraft. “…I became convinced that the supernatural horror story and the fantasy (and the sword-and-sorcery story) are as much high art as any other sort of fiction ….” That’s exactly the guiding light of belief for his convention: to gather for serious exploration into, and discussion of, fantasy art….”

[Thanks to Matthew Davis for the story.]

3 thoughts on “Leiber Collection Online

  1. I’ll definitely spend a few hours of my long weekend giving these items a good long look. Mr Leiber’s words and writing style and ideas have been so important to me, across the decades, that any more time spent with him is a Christmas gift to be treasured. And speaking of Christmas gifts — isn’t it about darn time for Easton Press to put out a quality set of the adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser? Or possibly a “Best Of” for his short fiction?

  2. I really want to find a copy of A Spector is Haunting Texas to read it again. I liked the Grey Mouser stories, but I really liked Spector.

  3. David Stever on December 23, 2015 at 11:58 am said:

    I really want to find a copy of A Spector is Haunting Texas to read it again. I liked the Grey Mouser stories, but I really liked Spector.

    Currently there are 190 copies of “A Spectre is Haunting Texas” being offered on abebooks.com – the cheapest being the DAW edition of 1978 being offered for $3.48 with free shipping. And of the 195, 5 are listed as “Spector”.

    Oddly enough today, December 24, is Leiber’s 105th birthday.

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