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The Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith

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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:

10 Aug, 2020 5:32PM by Sawfish

“Knygatin Wrote:
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> The Residents have their roots in the southeast
> backwoods, so I'll post one more melody, just for
> the hell of it. I realize their music and art can
> be very unpleasant. It is intentionally grating.
>
> Here is a creepy one. I am curious how Lovecraft
> and Smith would have reacted if they… ”

10 Aug, 2020 3:17PM by Knygatin

“The Residents have their roots in the southeast backwoods, so I'll post one more melody, just for the hell of it. I realize their music and art can be very unpleasant. It is intentionally grating.

Here is a creepy one. I am curious how Lovecraft and Smith would have reacted if they saw this? Merely disgusted?
Love… ”

10 Aug, 2020 2:23PM by Knygatin

“An entire general thread for discussing Smith's poems, would be welcome and interesting. I read all of his Selected Poems, and was very impressed. But some poems passed over my head, and I have never before been so obviously and at the same time bafflingly confronted with another man's towering cosmic intelligence, compared to my… ”

10 Aug, 2020 12:06AM by parcivalrex

“I did a bit more research.

On this website
link
there is an email adress that is a bit more recent
jamesa@paulbunyan.net


If that doesnt work; I noticed he colaborated more than once (as early as in The Sorcerer's Apprentices and in more recent bundles) with Rober M. Price.
Robert M. Price is rather aproachable and you might contact him through… ”

9 Aug, 2020 11:08PM by parcivalrex

“Hi Charaina,

This might become a bit of a wild goose chase...

I have found no trace of James Ambuehl, but he co-edited the edition with Ron Shiflet
( As I got from here; link )
You
link

Otherwise, you might want to try the other co-editor and cover artist MINNIS, MIKE;
I think this is the same as… ”


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