There's always an original twist to the Fritz Leiber stories in this collection. I bought it because I heard the vampire story in this collection 'The Girl with the Hungry Eyes' read by David Tennant on Radio 4Extra and thought that someone who had written that would be worth reading more of - and I wasn't disappointed.
An office worker sees something watching him from a roof on his commute home.It starts to close in on him...
The girl with the hungry eyes
A photographer meets the perfect model, who shuns any male attention.However her attractiveness has a dark side....
In a New York nuked by the Russians, women wear masks and fight men in wrestling matches. One such bewitches a British trade official..
A pail of air
On an frozen Earth dragged out of its orbit by a wandering star, a boy is asked to go collect some more air...A truly great story.
A deskful of girls
A sleazy psychiatrist/medium gets his come-uppance. Overlong.
Space-time for springers
Cutesy animal story. Not my cup of tea.
Ill met at Lankhmar
Classic fantasy of derring do and revenge against an evil magician, from the wise-cracking pair of iconic adventurers, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.
Four ghosts in Hamlet
Rather involved tale of a company of wandering players haunted by the Bard himself...
Gonna roll the bones
A man down on his luck, but a wonder at playing dice, gets to challenge a very strange opponent. Feels rather contrived, has not aged well.
The inner circles
A writer struggles with his muses who haunt him at home.
America the beautiful
Acerbic, ironic story of a young genius who wants to challenge a powerful, seemingly pleasant, outwardly calm America but instead settles for sex.
Bazaar of the bizarre
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser each get a warning from their wizard patrons about a new shop that has opened which sells trash which appears as all kinds of wonderful goods. Funny and ironic.
Midnight by the Morphy Watch
A burnt out chess afficionado buys a special watch owned by a past world chess champion in a strange shop he has never noticed before. His life then begins to change...Wonderful story about the real nature of gaming.
A commuter gets the strange idea that he us being pursued and hounded by Nazis. His daily commute, where he regularly meets a gruff passenger, takes on a new sinister aspect. But the ending is a let-down.
Catch that zeppelin!
A successful business man is meeting his son in New York for dinner as airships circle overhead in the 1940s. The world is revealed as very different but near utopian. They speculate on other paths. A classic of alternate reality.
A resident in a large apartment complex starts getting horrifying dreams about being buried and suffocated. Coincidentally he starts seeing a mysterious woman in the complex who disappears. No one knows who she is...Well-developed story but rather flat ending.
The curse of the smalls and the stars
The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are each pursued by magically-created doppelganger assassins...