The Eldritch Dark

The Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith

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:

31 Jan, 2015 7:36AM by SeventhSon

“I'm one of the biggest french admirers of CAS (he is my favorite writer, and I'm hoping new translations planned for 2016+ will give his work a new birth). So, please forgive my terrible english.


A glimpse of the end of "Clark Ashton Smith : a critical guide to the man and his work" made me… ”

26 Jan, 2015 3:40PM by calonlan

“I hope to have time to see what you have to say - please feel free to correspond with me - I will be speaking on CAS at the HP Lovecraft do in Portland, Or in April -
Dr. Farmer… ”

18 Jan, 2015 3:12PM by BlueLobster1979

“I'd love to see reprints of these as well. I have the Audible and eBook versions of them, but would love to have the a collection of the physical printed books themselves. However, some of the books in this series are going for $400 to $500 each in the secondary market and that's just well… ”

17 Jan, 2015 8:18AM by Geoffrey

“I am very thankful for The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith published by Night Shade. It has been more than 4 years since they completed the set. Are there any plans to release these in paperback?

(I am aware of the CAS paperback published by Penguin.)… ”

17 Jan, 2015 5:24AM by pegana

“The Age of Malygris Poseidonis Cycle I limited to 55 copies nearly sold out. Cycle II the Age of Ending will be released later this year. The Lost Tales series by Lord Dunsany and Winter Tales the newest releases for Pegana Press Books.

For fine letterpress editions of the fantastic and unusual we invite you… ”


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