Where to Start With Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
Mar15

Where to Start With Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

Where to Start with Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Bill Ward Aside from Conan the Cimmerian, there can be no more iconic image in all of sword-and-sorcery fiction than the dynamic duo of “the Twain.” Fafhrd, towering Northern barbarian, and Mouser, weaselly little thief, form a wonderfully visually complementary whole, and that’s even before you get to their actual personalities. Bawdy and...

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Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber
Dec24

Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber

Our Appendix N Archeology and Adventures in Fiction series are meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber By Michael Curtis We’ve talked a lot about Fritz Leiber, whose birthday we’re celebrating...

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Some of My Favorite Sword-and-Sorcery Monsters
Oct12

Some of My Favorite Sword-and-Sorcery Monsters

Some of My Favorite Sword-and-Sorcery Monsters by Bill Ward Where would hulking barbarians and fantastic swordsmen be without monsters to pit their steel against? Sword-and-sorcery, that delicious combination of adventure fiction and supernatural horror, is as famed for its weird foes as it is for its self-reliant protagonists. And while it isn’t locked into strict adherence to formula, every writer of sword-and-sorcery since...

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Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season
Oct08

Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season

Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season by Brian Murphy On a blog such as this, I doubt I’m alone in my irrational love of Halloween, a holiday for me that, more than Thanksgiving or Christmas, evokes a Ray Bradbury-like level of nostalgia and anticipation. Here in New England, I find that as the leaves begin to turn and October shadows lengthen, so too do my thoughts drift from my natural sword-and-sorcery bent toward the...

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Short Sorcery: Fritz Leiber’s “Thieves’ House”
Sep28

Short Sorcery: Fritz Leiber’s “Thieves’ House”

Short Sorcery: Fritz Leiber’s “Thieves’ House” by Bill Ward More than any other classic sword-and-sorcery series, Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are associated with thievery. It isn’t just that the twain, the dynamic duo of tall Northerner Fafhrd and shifty little Mouser, are themselves consummate rogues of wild daring and tremendous fame, but that the world they usually inhabit, the crazy...

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Classic Covers: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
Sep24

Classic Covers: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

From the magazine covers of Fantastic, to endlessly reprinted mass market paperback collections, and comics and role playing game supplements by the score, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have long proven an irresistible subject for artists and illustrators. The giant, tawny-haired barbarian and his nimble-limbed roguish companion make for a striking contrast not only narratively, but visually as well. Of course, there are more than a few...

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