Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber

By Fritz Leiber

What if part the world's inhabitants (the woman part) practiced witchcraft and stored it a mystery from men?

Norman Saylor, a professor of ethnology, discovers his spouse Tansy has positioned his learn within the box of "Negro Conjure Magic" into perform for the sake of defending him from different spell-casting school better halves who desire to additional their very own husbands careers. a guy of technology, Norman has in simple terms a tutorial curiosity within the topic of magic and superstition and forces Tansy to stop all her workings and to burn all her charms. once Norman burns the final appeal, issues begin to disintegrate. He has a run-in with a former pupil, his student-secretary accuses him of getting seduced her, and he's omitted for a advertising that had appeared certain.

Norman starts off to have greater than his fair proportion of small injuries: slicing himself whereas shaving, stepping on carpet tacks, slicing his hand with a letter opener, and extra. He starts off to visualize that there's a darkish presence exploiting his worry of vans. Tansy takes his curse upon herself forcing him to beat his disbelief and use witchcraft to save lots of his wife's body—and her soul.

Originally released in 1953, Conjure spouse is taken into account a latest vintage of horror-fantasy and has been tailored for movie 3 times: Burn, Witch Burn (1962); Weird Woman (1944); and Witch's Brew (1980). yet one more movie remake is within the works.

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I . . you . ” The gym teacher's face contorted into a pucker of disgust, and she suddenly hurled Carrie, stumbling, to her feet. ” Carrie stood swaying between the showers and the wall with its dime sanitary-napkin dispenser, slumped over, breasts pointing at the floor, her arms dangling limply. She looked like an ape. Her eyes were shiny and blank. “Now,” Miss Desjardin said with hissing, deadly emphasis, “you take one of those napkins out . . no, never mind the coin slot, it's broken anyway .

She shook her head. He noticed with distaste that a large bubble of green mucus had formed at one nostril. Morton looked over her head and at Miss Desjardin. “I'm sure she'll be all right,” she said. “Carrie only has to go over to Carlin Street. ” Morton gave the girl the yellow slip. “You can go now, Cassie,” he said magnanimously. ” she screamed suddenly. Morton recoiled, and Miss Desjardin jumped as if struck from behind. The heavy ceramic ashtray on Morton's desk (it was Rodin's Thinker with his head turned into a receptacle for cigarette butts) suddenly toppled to the rug, as if to take cover from the force of her scream.

Her face went just as red as the side of a fire truck and she curled her hands into fists and whooped at the sky. She was shaking all over. I thought she was having a stroke. Her face was all scrunched up, and it was a gargoyle's face. “I thought Carrie was going to faint—or die on the spot. She sucked in all her breath and that little face went a cottage-cheesy color. ’ “I jumped up and yelled back: ‘Don't you yell at her that way! ’ Something stupid like that. I don't remember. Carrie started to go back and then she stopped and then she started again, and just before she crossed over from our lawn to theirs she looked back at me and there was a look .

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