The Eldritch Dark

The Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith 1958

Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961), perhaps best known today for his association with H.P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, is in his own right a unique master of fantasy, horror and science-fiction. Highly imaginative, his genre-spanning visions of worlds beyond, combined with his profound understanding of the English language, have inspired an ever -increasing legion of fans and admirers.

For most of his life, he lived in physical and intellectual isolation in Auburn, California (USA). Predominantly self-educated with no formal education after grammar school, Smith wore out his local library and delved so deeply into the dictionary that his richly embellished, yet precise, prose leaves one with the sense that they are in the company of a true master of language.

Though Smith primarily considered himself a poet, having turned to prose for the meager financial sum it rewarded, his prose might best be appreciated as a "fleshed" out poetry. In this light, plot and characters are subservient to the milieu of work: a setting of cold quiet reality, which, mixed with the erotic and the exotic, places his work within its own unique, phantasmagoric genre. While he also experimented in painting, sculpture, and translation, it is in his written work that his legacy persists.

During his lifetime, Smith's work appeared commonly in the pulps alongside other masters such H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, and E. Hoffmann Price and like many great artists, recognition and appreciation have come posthumously. In recent decades though, a resurgence of interest in his works has lead to numerous reprintings as well as scholarly critiques.

The Eldritch Dark is a site to facilitate both scholars and fans in their appreciation and study of Clark Ashton Smith and his works.

Last 5 Eldritch Words Discussion Forum posts:

26 Jun, 2016 5:35AM by Knygatin

“Google Earth have also censored several areas on the maps (admonished by the authorities?), by blurring/pixelating them, so the public cannot make out details. Why would they want to hide the view of locations on the ocean floor?… ”

26 Jun, 2016 4:53AM by Knygatin

“Knygatin Wrote:
> Giant sea creature detected on Google Earth near
> the Mountains of Madness, far from the paths of
> fishing trowlers.
> link
> arre-120m-sea-creature-has-been-spotted-on-google-
> earth-near-antarctica/news-story/fc4c23b48419168c1
> 7ff4a99abb6f505

You can find the creature yourself on the map, if you zoom in right in the middle, down to Deception Island, and then continue to zoom in on the left… ”

25 Jun, 2016 11:29PM by Knygatin

“More bizarre sightings on Google Earth. You can look and magnify the pictures:

Wide lanes seen on the ocean floor of the Pacific Ocean. A round object, 3km in diameter, sliding along, and leaving behind itself a 100km twisting track. And nearby, on an undersea mountain side, is what appears to be a geometric building complex.… ”

25 Jun, 2016 10:35PM by Knygatin

“Giant sea creature detected on Google Earth near the Mountains of Madness, far from the paths of fishing trowlers.

link … ”

20 Jun, 2016 8:03AM by pegana

“Pegana Press is extraordinarily pleased to announce that fabulous artist of the Surreal Michael Hutter has finished the illustrations for our new edition H.P. Lovecraft: Dark Dreamlands. This deluxe oversize edition of early Dream tales will be available soon and is strictly limited to 100 numbered copies. More information and how to pre-order can be… ”

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