Our Lady of Darkness Author:Fritz Leiber On the bright San Francisco morning that Westen saw the grey, shadoe-boned horror peering out at him from his own apartment window, the cith became a realm of terror with no escape. For this evil-spawn lurked in every airshaft and alleyway, feeding on the despair and screams of the modern city as the deamons of lod fed on the fears of their dark... more » age. It had chosen him and it had chosen well...« less
The book has been positively compared to The Exorcist and Salem's Lot and called a âmajor horror novel.â The story begins with elements of suspense and I'm certain Leiber could write a very convincing horror tale but Our Lady of Darkness âain't the one.â In my opinion this book is much more an alternate history and I feel that modern readers would agree. Leiber frames this tale around his wife's death and three years of alcohol abuse he inflicted on himself afterward. The main character, Franz, is happy with his return to success and sobriety only to have his drunken years come back to haunt him. That is about as far as the horror goes and much of the book consists of continuous name dropping of literary figures from the San Francisco area. The story makes it clear that the two authors Leiber admires most, besides Lovecraft, are Clark Aston Smith and Jack London. I found this information interesting, to read of one writer writing of his peers. Interesting because I love books and these are all writers whose work I would like to investigate but it really didn't make a good novel.