Dark Ladies: Conjure Wife/Our Lady of Darkness

Dark Ladies: Conjure Wife/Our Lady of Darkness

Norman Saylor considered it nothing but superstition, until he learned that his own wife was a practicing sorceress.

The one day, peering at his apartment window from a top a nearby hill, he sees a pale, brown thing lean out his window...and wave.This encounter sends Westen on a quest through ancient books and modern streets, for the dark forces and paramental entities that thrive amidst the towering skyscrapers...and, meanwhile, the entities are also looking for him.

Reviews of the Dark Ladies: Conjure Wife/Our Lady of Darkness

I liked how his feelings of mental superiority over her backfired when he realized that she was in fact the one who was right about what was really going on, and how he had to rely on her knowledge of the situation. I liked how things turned around and it was clear how much he did care for his wife. It's beautifully subtle in the slow building of menace and fear, and the ideas about society seem to be relevant today in how men and women and spouses relate to and view each other. Review of Our Lady of Darkness In this story, Leiber demonstrates an incredible knowledge base about dark and supernatural fiction, going back into the 19th and early 20th century. I liked the nod and the reference to all those various works of literature, and the inclusion of real life people in the world of the arts and science in this story. As with the other book in the duology of Dark Ladies, "Conjure Wife", Leiber does do a good job of building menace and the tension level, and with using that thematic question Is it real or am I losing my mind? There were some appealing components, such as the literary nods and the clear evidence of Leibers extensive knowledge of classic dark fiction and horror, as well having his bibliophilia show through in his characters. Similarly, fans of Lovecraft will appreciate the nods to his pivotal work in 20th Century horror and supernatural fiction. Such was the case with "Our Lady of Darkness." I would still consider this semi-required reading for the 19th-20th Century classic horror scholar or devotee. You might like it more than I did, and that would be an a good thing in the end if you find another book you love. He knows what he is doing and has a way with telling a scary story. Although my rating for "Our Lady of Darkness" is low, I can't give this less than four stars overall, because it has an impact and seems very canonical in the development of supernatural fiction and horror from the 20th century overall.

after having seen Psycho a few times over the years), then you'll understand why I don't like to fall asleep with books strewn around on the bed after you read Our Lady of Darkness.

Not a particularly quick read, but quite an enjoyable one and a good introduction the the author.

There were a number of times during Our Lady of Darkness, for example, where I questioned the author's decision to include drugs and perversion, especially the unnerving hints of sexual desire towards children. Between the two novellas, I would note that Our Lady of Darkness is much better written than the two, with plenty of nods to other authors -- like Clark Ashton Smith, Jack London, and H.P. Lovecraft -- that reconnected me with pulp-y works I have delighted in over the years. However, even though I would argue that Our Lady is much better written, ultimately, I enjoyed Conjure Wife more, especially in terms of story-telling and horror-building.

In the first, an academic wife uses witchcraft to help her anthropologist husband, while in the second, a widowed writer discovers a Lovecraftian horror at his doorstep.

In the Rifftrax for one of the Harry Potter movies, Bill Corbett chants this, which is also a theme in Our Lady of Darkness.

I think it was a little cluttered, but still the climactic end was quite chilling.

Though the story is set in the 1930s, faculty politics haven't gotten any less vicious.

Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was one of the more interesting of the young writers who came into HP Lovecraft's orbit, and some of his best early short fiction is horror rather than sf or fantasy.

  • English

  • Fantasy

  • Rating: 4.04
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: October 12th 1999 by Orb Books
  • Isbn10: 031286972X
  • Isbn13: 9780312869724