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Title: Conjure Wife Title Record # 2203
Author: Fritz Leiber
Date: 1943-04-00
Type: NOVEL
Language: English
Synopsis: From the front cover of the Lion first paperback: "Potions in the house... evil in the air... and a witch in his bed." From the back cover of the Lion first paperback: ""Conjure Wife... is easily the most frightening (and necessarily) the most thoroughly convincing of all modern horror stories. Its premise is that witchcraft still flourishes, or at any rate survives, an open secret among women, a closed book to men. Under the rational overlay of 20th-century civilization this sickly growth, uncultivated, unsuspected, still manages to propagate itself. Leiber develops this theme with the utmost dexterity, piling up alternate layers of the mundane and outre, until at the story's real climax, the shocker at the end of chapter 14, I am not ashamed to say that I jumped an inch out of my seat. From that point onward the story anticlimax so skillfully managed that I am not really certain I touched the slipcover again until after the last page. Leiber has never written anything better... which perhaps is all that needed to be said." Damon Knight, Science Fiction Adventures"
User Rating: 8.00 (2 votes) Including variants and translations: 6.33 (3 votes) Your vote: Not cast VOTE
Current Tags: Fantasy: The 100 Best Books (1), Horror: 100 Best Books (1), Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 1946-1987 (1), 1944 retro hugo nominee candidate (1), horror (1), witches (1), fantasy (1), magic (1), into-movie (1) Add Tags

Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations Serializations
Year Title
unpublished Conjure Wife [as by Fritz Leiber, Jr.]
Year Language Title
1971Translated by Eva Mazetti-Nissen.
Swedish Häxnatten
1972Translated by Arne Herløv Petersen.
Danish Heksenatten
1974Translated by Thorstein Thelle
Norwegian Heksenatten
1976Translated by Mary Rosenthal.
French
Ballet de sorcières?Ballet de sorcieres
1976Translated by Christiane Nogly.
German Spielball der Hexen
1990Translated by Paulette Peroni
Italian Ombre del male
2006Translated by Kollár Emese
Hungarian Boszorkányfeleség
2008Translated by Joachim Körber
German Hexenvolk
2021Translated by unknown.
Italian Il sabba delle mogli
Year Title
1943 Conjure Wife (Complete Novel) [as by Fritz Leiber, Jr.]
1973 Conjure Wife (Part 1 of 2)
1973 Conjure Wife (Part 2 of 2)

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
28 1987 Locus All-Time Best Fantasy Novel
1
Finalist Pass 1 Pass 2 Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass 5 Pass 6 Runoff
Conjure Wife 139 139 157 170 224 269 415
The Weapon Makers 122 122 133 153 184 231
Perelandra 116 117 128 147 168
Gather, Darkness! 85 85 100 117
Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead Game] 87 87 93
Earth's Last Citadel 78 79
No Award 10 21
66 nominations with 30.7 final points.
(as Conjure Wife (Complete Novel))
2019 Retro Hugo Best Novel

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Unknown Worlds, April 1943 1943-04-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Street & Smith Publications, Inc.  
$0.25?$: US dollar
132
bedsheet?8.5" by 11.25" magazines, e.g. early issues of Amazing; or the 1942-43 issues of Astounding.
mag Checkmark
Witches Three 1952-08-00 uncredited Twayne Publishers  
$3.95?$: US dollar
423
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1953-00-00 Fritz Leiber Twayne Publishers  
$2.75?$: US dollar
154
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1953-12-00 Fritz Leiber Lion Books 179
$0.25?$: US dollar
192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Robert Maguire Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1962-04-00 Fritz Leiber Berkley Medallion F621
$0.50?$: US dollar
176
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1968-07-00 Fritz Leiber Award Books A341X
$0.60?$: US dollar
188
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Jeff Jones Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1969-10-00 Fritz Leiber Penguin Books 0-14-003023-9
5/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
184
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1970-00-00 Fritz Leiber Award Books A680S
$0.75?$: US dollar
188
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Jeff Jones Checkmark
Häxnatten 1971-00-00 Fritz Leiber
B. Wahlström?B. Wahlstrom
B. Wahlstroem
(
Kalla Kårar, ryslig midnattsläsning?Kalla Kaarar, ryslig midnattslaesning
#6)
 
skr 3.95?skr: Swedish krona (crown)
154
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Heksenatten 1972-00-00 Fritz Leiber
Stig Vendelkær?Stig Vendelkaer
(SV Science Fiction)
87-416-3616-3
dkr 15.00?dkr: Danish krone (crown)
250
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Conjure Wife 1973-06-00 Fritz Leiber Award Books AN1143
$0.95?$: US dollar
188
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Jeff Jones Checkmark
The Haunt of Horror, June 1973 1973-06-00 ed. Gerard Conway Marvel Comics Group  
$0.75?$: US dollar
164
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Gray Morrow Checkmark
The Haunt of Horror, August 1973 1973-08-00 ed. Gerard Conway Marvel Comics Group  
$0.75?$: US dollar
164
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Kelly Freas Checkmark
Heksenatten 1974-00-00 Fritz Leiber
Fredhøis Forlag A/S?Fredhois Forlag A/S
(
Midnattsgrøsseren?Midnattsgrosseren
#15)
82-04-00343-9
nkr 6.50?nkr: Norwegian krone
159
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Conjure Wife 1974-12-00 Fritz Leiber Award Books AN1143
$0.95?$: US dollar
188
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Jeff Jones Checkmark
Ballet de sorcières 1976-00-00 Fritz Leiber
Librairie des Champs-Élysées?Librairie des Champs-Elysees
(Le Masque - Fantastique #7)
2-7024-0514-2   252
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Bruce Pennington Checkmark
Spielball der Hexen 1976-11-09 Fritz Leiber Pabel (Vampir Taschenbuch #41) VTB41
DM 2.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
145
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel C. A. M. Thole Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1977-06-00 Fritz Leiber Gregg Press 0-8398-2377-0
$9.50?$: US dollar
xxvii+
[15]+
154
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1977-11-00 Fritz Leiber Ace Books 0-441-11686-8
$1.95?$: US dollar
251
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel FMA Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1977-11-00 Fritz Leiber Ace Books 0-441-11686-8
$1.95?$: US dollar
251
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel FMA Checkmark
Häxnatten 1978-00-00 Fritz Leiber
B. Wahlström?B. Wahlstrom
B. Wahlstroem
(
Rysare ur Kalla Kårar?Rysare ur Kalla Kaarar
#6)
91-32-41776-4
skr 7.95?skr: Swedish krona (crown)
154
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Conjure Wife 1981-07-00 Fritz Leiber Ace Books 0-441-11712-0
$2.50?$: US dollar
210
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel FMA Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1984-11-00 Fritz Leiber Ace Books 0-441-11749-X
$2.75?$: US dollar
210
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Checkmark
Halloween. Tre storie di streghe 1990-11-00 uncredited Mondadori (Omnibus) 88-04-34202-1
Lit 25,000?Lit: Italian lira
408
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Jan Parker  
Conjure Wife / Our Lady of Darkness 1991-08-00 Fritz Leiber Tor Fantasy (Tor Double #36) 0-812-51296-0
$4.99?$: US dollar
347
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
omni Wayne Barlowe Checkmark
Conjure Wife 1993-11-00 Fritz Leiber Buccaneer Books 0-89968-435-1
$18.95?$: US dollar
 
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Spielball der Hexen 1994-11-15 Fritz Leiber Bastei (
Dämonen-Land?Daemonen-Land
#133)
DL133
DM 2.50?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
64
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
novel Maren Checkmark
Dark Ladies 1999-10-00 Fritz Leiber Orb 0-312-86972-X
$17.95?$: US dollar
348
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
omni Richard Deas  
Ombre del male 2002-04-00 Fritz Leiber Mondadori (Classici Urania #301)  
€3.55?€: Euro
266
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Paolo Barbieri  
Éjasszonyok 2006-00-00 Fritz Leiber Delta Vision Kft. (A képzelet mesterei) 963-7041-85-0
Ft 2,350?Ft: Hungarian forint
368
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
omni
Sánta Kira?Santa Kira
Checkmark
Hexenvolk 2008-10-00 Fritz Leiber Edition Phantasia (Phantasia Paperback Horror #3009) 978-3-937897-31-8
€15.90?€: Euro
252
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
Conjure Wife 2009-09-29 Fritz Leiber Orb 978-0-7653-2406-1
$14.99?$: US dollar
224
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel Chris McGrath Checkmark
Conjure Wife 2011-00-00 Fritz Leiber Audible Frontiers      
digital audio download?Digital recording in any format that is downloaded directly from the Internet. This category includes podcasts.
novel Checkmark
Conjure Wife 2011-10-00 Fritz Leiber Centipede Press 978-1-933618-87-6
$65.00?$: US dollar
398
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel
Marcela Bolívar?Marcela Bolivar
Checkmark
Conjure Wife 2011-12-12 Fritz Leiber Gateway / Orion 978-0-575-12384-7
£2.99?£: UK pound
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
Conjure Wife 2014-04-01 Fritz Leiber Open Road Integrated Media 978-1-4976-1655-4
$4.99?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
Streghe! 2021-10-12 Massimo Acorsone Mondadori (Oscar Draghi) 978-88-04-74205-0
€28.00?€: Euro
804
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Manuele Scalia  
Conjure Wife 2023-03-14 Fritz Leiber, Jr. Project Gutenberg 70288
$0.00?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
chap  
Conjure Wife unpublished Fritz Leiber, Jr. Arkham House (Library of Arkham House Novels of Fantasy and Terror)      
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Conjure Wife date unknown Fritz Leiber Audible Frontiers      
digital audio download?Digital recording in any format that is downloaded directly from the Internet. This category includes podcasts.
novel Checkmark
Conjure Wife date unknown Fritz Leiber Award Books AN1143
$0.95?$: US dollar
188
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Jeff Jones Checkmark
Conjure Wife / Our Lady of Darkness date unknown Fritz Leiber Tor (Tor Double #36) 0-812-51296-0
$4.99?$: US dollar
347
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
omni Wayne Barlowe Checkmark
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