Thursday, October 7, 2010

Leiber Reads Smith

Al Harron, formerly of the late, lamented The Cimmerian, posted a link over on his new blog, to an audio recording of Fritz Leiber reading Clark Ashton Smith's 1939 piece, "A Night in Malnéant," at the 1977 World Fantasy Convention.

It's well worth a listen, if you have the time to do so, both because, as I've said before, Smith demands to be read aloud and because Leiber had a voice very well suited to such a task.


  1. Thanks for the heads up.

    This is a perfect storm of Awesome for me. It's my second favorite fantasy author reading my favorite one.

  2. While you're at my blog listening to the recording I made of Fritz Leiber reading Clark Ashton Smith's story back in 1977, take a look around, and you'll find this is only one of many such rare recordings that I have posted there; along with documents, pictures, and links to the sister Flickr site with over 1400 related images; and even a link to the CthulhuWho1 YouTube Channel.

    Will Hart
    aka CthulhuWho1

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  3. It's a mild blaspheme I suppose, but I don't like Smith's stories. They are too over wrought for my taste.

  4. Far be it for me to malign the dead, but I found the reading to be a bit flat and monotone. I love the writings of both Leiber and Smith, but this kinda bored me.

    Don't mind me, I would have probably been the one in the 60's who refused to sign the Beatles. :P