written in '77, is part autobiographical as leiber was dealing with the same issues his character was. the character franz westen discovered "paramentals", beings from a different dimension that are in his apartment as he witnessed them from afar. some of the other reviewers mention people may not like this story due to no gore, that he doesn't write like stephen king. i don't think that ever was an issue. i've not read a lot of leiber, but his style of horror is solidly based in lovecraftian myth, and not gore and violence. leiber obviously is well read as throughout the book he references aliester crowley, the golden dawn, madame blavatsky, and clark ashton smith. but for some reason i did not find this book that interesting. i especially didn't like the ending and felt this could have been a novella. anyway, the centipede press edition here has a very short intro by michael shea. there are also 5 essays by leiber following the story. the first one is a 2 part essay on foreign language and the anxiety leiber has in pronouncing foreign words. it's very dull and really doesn't fit into this collection. the next 3 essays are all excellent, dealing with monsters, hyperspace and a re-examination of "the whisperer" by lovecraft. leiber is brilliant and very well read in lovecraft. this edition is numbered to 150 and autographed by micheal shea. the illustrations are done by john stewart, and honestly, i didn't think they added anything to the book or story. i'd think twice about spending the money on this edition unless you really like the story.