The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, and Other Stories

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The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, and Other Stories
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Dust jacket from first edition
Author Roger Zelazny
Cover artist Peggy Barnett
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction short stories
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 229 pp
ISBN 0-385-08216-9

The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth is a collection of science fiction short stories by Roger Zelazny and the title of the first story in the collection. It was published in 1971 by Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-08216-9.


Stories in the original edition:

  • "The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth", winner of the 1965 Nebula Award for Best Novelette
  • "The Keys to December"
  • "Devil Car"
  • "A Rose for Ecclesiastes"
  • "The Monster and the Maiden"
  • "Collector's Fever"
  • "This Mortal Mountain"
  • "This Moment of the Storm"
  • "The Great Slow Kings"
  • "A Museum Piece"
  • "Divine Madness"
  • "Corrida"
  • "Love Is An Imaginary Number"
  • "The Man Who Loved the Faioli"
  • "Lucifer"

Stories added in later editions:

  • "The Furies"
  • "The Graveyard Heart"

Notable stories[edit]

In 1965, the title story, about extreme sportsmen who fish for "sea monsters" in the oceans of Venus, won the first Nebula Award for Best Novelette.

"This Mortal Mountain" is also about future extreme sports, concerning mountain climbing on an asymmetric planet with a mountain tens of kilometers high, extending far beyond any breathable atmosphere.

"This Moment of the Storm" is about a constable on a distant colony planet, whose duties include the use of armed drone aircraft.


  • Levack, Daniel J. H. (1983). Amber Dreams: A Roger Zelazny Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-934438-39-0.