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The author of the book: Clark Ashton Smith
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Date of issue: December 17th 2010
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Described as 'the best" of Clark Ashton Smith, these stories vary in quality. Those with a contemporary setting--like the title story--are typical examples of pulp fiction, only distinguished by a latinate vocabulary even more bizarre than Lovecraft's. Also, many of his science fiction pieces are not really stories at all, but lengthy prose poems masquerading as fiction, more concerned with describing monstrous architectural forms towering over alien vegetation of unearthly hue than they are with actually telling a story.
However, in his best work, Smith creates credible worlds--ancient Hyperborea, the planet Zothique, the mythical medieval French province of Averroigne--where his dark vision of sorcery and his eccentric vocabulary unite with an elegant flow of incantatory language to produce stories which are powerful and unique. I particularly liked "The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis," "The Isle of the Torturers," "A Night in Maleneant" (a perfect evocation of a gray shadowy world that could have come from the pen of Ligotti), and--I bet Borges would have loved them both--"The Dark Eidolon," and "The Empire of the Necromancers."
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Read information about the authorClark Ashton Smith was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. It is for these stories, and his literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937, that he is mainly remembered today. With Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, also a friend and correspondent, Smith remains one of the most famous contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales.
His writings are posted at his official website.
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