Swords and Deviltry

Fritz Leiber


In the annals of heroic fantasy one epic tale stands head and shoulders above the rest, spanning sixty years in the telling, the saga of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser has captivated fans ever since Fritz Leiber’s first tale of the duo appeared in the August, 1939 issue of Unknown. Just in time for the seventy-eighth anniversary of the characters debut, Centipede Press is releasing the first of what will be the definitive eight-volume set comprising not only all of the stories by Fritz Leiber (and his friend Harry Fischer), but also the brilliant epilogue to the series, Swords Against the Shadowland by Robin Wayne Bailey.
      These are archival editions, lavishly illustrated and featuring guest introductions from some of the top writers in the field. We plan on releasing both Swords and Deviltry and Swords Against Death this year and customers are encouraged to contact us about reserving the entire set. The signed edition is limited to 300 copies, while there are 500 unsigned copies available.
      The story of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser is among the most enduring in modern fantasy and we suggest reserving your set sooner rather than later. Each volume will be signed by the introducer and artists and will also feature a facsimile signature of Fritz Leiber.
      Swords and Deviltry is signed by Tom Kidd. It features five color interior illustrations, a full-color frontispiece, full color wraparound dustjacket, and custom illustrated endpapers. The introduction is by Michael Moorcock. The book includes all of the stories that make up Swords and Deviltry along with two archival essays by Harry O. Fischer, Fritz Leiber’s 1973 introduction, two “Gray Mouser” poems from The Acolyte, and an interview with Fritz Leiber from 1979.

edition information

  • Signed edition is limited to 300 copies, each signed by Tom Kidd.
  • Bound in full black cloth, blind stamping on front board.
  • Color illustrations hand-tipped into the book.
  • Introduction by Michael Moorcock.
  • Gorgeous dustjacket on Mohawk Superfine.
  • Head and tail bands, ribbon marker.