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Preparing to start reading some Clark Ashton Smith

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After my recent read through of many Lovecraft stories, both better known and lesser known ones, I'm now looking ahead to my next foray into Weird fiction. And I've settled on Clark Ashton Smith, specifically the Robert Weinberg edited collection The Return of the Sorcerer, which is available in Kindle form.

 

I chose this book because it looks to be a nice collection of some of his short stories and shorter novels. To see the contents listing look at the Kindle listing for the preview there.

 

I did consider buying the S T Joshi edited The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies instead, also available on Kindle. But although it has the same approximate page length it has much poetry, that for now I have no interest in reading. I may get the Joshi collection later, to get more stories. But for now I'm happy with the Weinberg book.

 

Aiming to start reading and reviewing them here next month. This should take me comfortably into 2020, at a leisurely pace. Looking forward to it.



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Enjoyed your exploration of HPL. Look forward to your commentary on Smith. 

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In my youth me and my friends dubbed him Clark Ashton Decadence, a reference to his very rich prose. His writing certainly tickles the mind.

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Thanks all!

 

@GBSteve Yup will do! I seem to remember you mentioning it before, but I'll definitely check it out when I start reading the stories. Info saved :) Cheers.

 

@WinstonP I've no idea what to expect! I don't even know what his style is going to be like. So looking forward to it on all sorts of levels.

 

@cloud64 Haha! Well I've no idea what it will be like. Will be interesting to see how he compares to HPL writing wise.

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Smith is rightly considered to be the stylistic master among the "Three Musketeers" (Lovecraft, Howard and Smith). My first experience of Smith was the paperback edition of Lost Worlds volume 1. A very good introduction, especially the Zothique tales and The Treader of the Dust. This led me to buy the Arkham House edition of A Rendezvous in Averoigne. Better value for money is The Emperor of Dreams in the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series. I adapted his Zothique story The Black Abbot of Puthuum as a Conan scenario. It's a shame you're not interested in Smith's verse; in his biography of Lovecraft, Joshi is much more interested in Klarkash Ton as a poet than as a short-story writer.

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