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Posted by: Boyd Pearson (IP Logged)
Date: 30 June, 2002 04:21PM
I have decided to close the guest book in favour of using this forum. Below are all the post from it. From now on you can use this forum in its place. Thanks to all those who took the time to sign it.


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Name: Dr. William C. Farmer
Email: remraf3@att.net
Home Site:
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My brother found this site, and through this connected with an old friend, Don
Fryer. Your site is incomplete without
my contribution. I was Ashton's closest friend in his final years. Carol came to my home for refuge and solace after his death. We spent many happy and brilliant hours together in Pacific Grove, though I had met Clark
through my friend Ethel Heiple. I will not take time now to relate the history, but will part at this point by mentioning that I have some of his artwork, and a great pile of holographs of some unfinished work. I have a typed copy of his only play (which we read through together one evening), and signed copies of "Sandalwood", "The Star
Treader", and "Ebony and Crystal" as well as the short stories. If you wish to know this latter part of Ashton's life, please write. I am glad to see an
appreciative renaissance of interest in
CAS. (note: I also have a copy of
"California Poets" which includes a
poem he wrote under the pseudonym,
"Timeus Gaylord" - a name created from the surname and maidenname of his parents - though you no doubt are already aware of this.

Friday, June 21 2002
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Name: nele
Email: anarchie9@hotmail.com
Home Site:
Comments
thanks, I was looking a poem about a city and I found it here, I didn't know this author and now I feel like I've discovered yet another hole in my culture.

Thursday, May 23 2002
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Name: rich
Email: rsurr@qwest.net
Home Site:
Comments
just discovered this site...
looks goooood !
CAS is certainly one of my
favorite authors.....
read slowly and enjoy...

Monday, April 15 2002
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Name: rich
Email: rsurr@qwest.net
Home Site:
Comments
just discovered this site...
looks goooood !
CAS is certainly one of my
favorite authors.....
read slowly and enjoy...

Monday, April 15 2002
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Name: Janne
Email: jan.kjellin@alicecooper.zzn.com
Home Site:
Comments
Marvellous site! I had never even heard of CAS until he was mentioned on a heavy metal messageboard a couple of weeks back.
Now I've read a couple of his short stories and will be back for more...

Are these his complete works, or is there more?

Saturday, April 13 2002
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Name: Jamie
Email: JamieBlackman@aol.com
Home Site:
Comments
Wow! I have to say nothing says "eldritch dark" like the warm, peachy tones and "Mr. Sunshine" logo.

I kid because I love. Great site. Confused as to the "new look," though.

Thursday, March 14 2002, 21:27
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Name: william john benton
Email:
Home Site: william.benton1
Comments
first time on the internet. discovered clark ashton smith by accident in 1970, about ten years after hpl. no suggestions as not yet qualified. where do i get his complete poetry & letters?

Thursday, March 14 2002, 19:23
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Name: Bruno Aliotta
Email: brunoaliotta@tiscalinet.it
Home Site:
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Dear Site,
I want to thank you to put on line the translations of francesco bruni and mine. If you want I can send you many more. The english version is taken by your site. Sincerely.

Sunday, March 03 2002, 04:46
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Name: V. A. A. Thornton
Email: dr_node@hotmail.com
Home Site: n/a
Comments

A very complete site; I was pleased with the arrangment of both fiction and non-fiction. Excellent work.

Friday, March 01 2002, 20:53
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Name: Nick
Email: worldcomingdown79@yahoo.com
Home Site:
Comments
Great site arranged by a true devotee to Mr. Smith. Easy to navigate and so
much to look at. This website blew me away. My favorite section is the poetry.
C.A. Smith's poetry is unlike any other. Certain poems I recommend looking at
would be "Calendar", "Flamingoes", "Exotique", "All is Dross that is not Helena",
"Town Lights", "The Wingless Archangels", High Surf" among other great works
of mystical grandeur. No other poet has ever been this vivid, colorful and
dream-like. I just wish there was a selected or even collected book of
Clark Ashton Smith's poetry. I like his stories, too, but his poetry is his greatest
talent of all. None can compare.

Wednesday, February 27 2002, 16:35
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Name: Cynth
Email:
Home Site:
Comments
Marvelous, easy-to-use site. Pages download fast. Easy to find exactly the title I want. Thank you for making Smith's works available to those who don't have the fortune to own his now out-of-print books.

Saturday, February 23 2002, 23:41
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Name: Bruno Aliotta
Email: ashton@jumpy.it
Home Site:
Comments
Marvellous, wonderful, but why we cannot take the Art's photos ? Sorry for my English ! Thanks for everything from Genoa, Italy

Friday, February 22 2002, 04:35
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Name: Andy Chandler
Email: wyrmwood@sfcn.org
Home Site:
Comments
Many sleepless nights were reveled after my father had recited Clark Ashton Smith for me when I was a wee little lad. And through the years and the discovery of other authors only Smith continues to discomfort. Surely a testament to the stregnth of his verse and imagination.

But more important is the preservation of his Darkness. And thanks to everyone here we can sustain his legacy for all to enjoy.

Now will you excuse me, for I'm off to read my own son a bedtime story.....

Saturday, January 26 2002, 15:20
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Name: PETER
Email: POE3000AR@YAHOO.COM.AR
Home Site:
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IF IT WERE POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE SOME PICTURES WITHIN THE TEXT IN EACH TALE ,IT WILL BE MORE INTERESTING.
THE SITE IS VERY ATTRACTIVE,IF YOUŽRE LOOKING FOR REAL MYSTERY TEXTS.
I LIVE IN ARGENTINA

Saturday, January 12 2002, 12:10
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Name: dcryman
Email: dcryman@yahoo.com
Home Site:
Comments
What a great site - I have always read CAS whenever I could find him but I hadn't seen half of what you have here! Really fantastic stuff, I'll be sifting through the fiction for weeks.

I have one suggestion : do you think you could patch all the poems into one page, or a single text file for easy download? Otherwise I'll never get through them all, clicking on the hundreds of links. Thanks again.

Tuesday, January 08 2002, 01:13
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Name: Maladroit
Email: Maladroit@hotmail.com
Home Site: N/A
Comments
Not a regular visitor, but I have to comment for a friend:
Why the change to orange & yellow? Why?
Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
Why? Why? Why?


Monday, January 07 2002, 12:07
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Name: Paolo Caressa
Email: caressa@math.unifi.it
Home Site: http://www.math.unifi.it/~caressa
Comments
When I discovered this site I could not believe to my eyes: I know (and love) CAS since the age of fifteen, but I could only read the (few) italian translations, and practically have no informations about him and his work.
Imagine what such a site may mean to me. Thank you.

E credo che lo stesso valga per tutti gli appassionati italiani del fantastico e dei grandi autori ignorati nel "bel paese".

Paolo

Tuesday, December 25 2001, 07:34
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Name: Nicholas Vincent
Email: DawnEndsToday@aol.com
Home Site: check out TypeONegative.net
Comments
All i can say is that Clark Ashton Smith's poetry is mindblowing
and innovative. I have never read such vivid and fantastic poems
as these before. "Give me Your Lips", "The Song of a Comet",
"The Cloud-Islands", "Indian Summer" among others are brilliant
works of genius. This site is simply breathtaking. It is too bad that
Smith is not more renowned since his work is light years better
than most writers out there today and in the past. Thanks for putting
together such an impressive site.


Monday, December 17 2001, 16:12
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Name: queeve
Email: queeve1@hotmail.com
Home Site:
Comments
check out http://www.chrismarspublishing.com

Wednesday, December 05 2001, 18:11
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Name: Brad Moore
Email: bradanddiana@globaleyes.net
Home Site:
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Saturday, December 01 2001, 02:44
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Name: Nick
Email: MysticalWinds1@aol.com
Home Site:
Comments
This site is unbelieveable
when i got here i was able to
read so many brilliant and colorful poems
by a true master of the genre

thank you for putting up such
an intelligent, well-ordered site for
C.A. Smith

i have recommended this site to friends of mine who write and
want to see a master at work...

this is the real defintion of a web site

Monday, November 05 2001, 13:08
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Name: Carl Glover
Email: glover@planetc.com
Home Site:
Comments
Great to have all the CAS stories available. Like all the biographic info, too. And the art work. Heck, I like everything about it. Can't think of anything to suggest.

Thursday, November 01 2001, 20:58
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Name: Carl Glover
Email: glover@planetc.com
Home Site:
Comments
Great to have all the CAS stories available. Like all the biographic info, too. And the art work. Heck, I like everything about it. Can't think of anything to suggest.

Thursday, November 01 2001, 19:34
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Name: Giuseppe Lippi
Email: giulipp@tin.it
Home Site:
Comments
I like weird fiction, some selected science fiction authors, don't like current "fantastic" cinema, read comic books with pleasure. I prefer idling than doing activities. I wonder whether a literary taste for weird fiction can still be maintained today, without having to continuosly read and re-read old favorites.

Thursday, November 01 2001, 02:53
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Name: Edwin
Email: hierogrammate@excite.com
Home Site: http://www24.brinkster.com/thelimen/
Comments
BTW, Happy Halloween :)

Wednesday, October 31 2001, 22:18
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Name: Edwin
Email: hierogrammate@excite.com
Home Site: http://www24.brinkster.com/thelimen/
Comments
I'm a lurker, and not a guest-book-kind-of-guy. I take a kind of "Vini, vidi, vincit" approach when I web surf.

However, after years of silently visiting your site (and receiving your periodic newsletter), I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you are doing. I think it is a great service, not just for scholars, but fans and also those who'd like to know more about CAS.

Keep it up for as long as you can. Your site is in my permanent list of "Favorites/ Bookmarks," and I'll keep coming back to it for as long as it's there.

Edwin
Puerto Rico

Wednesday, October 31 2001, 22:16
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Name: Jim Rockhill
Email: jrock@locallink.net
Home Site:
Comments
Hello, Boyd. Glad to see everything up and running. E.D. is a wondrous thing.

Jim

Friday, August 31 2001, 18:57
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Name: Michael Jaquays
Email: jaquays2@netscape.net
Home Site:
Comments
Does anyone know if C.A.S. ever got in touch with Jack
Vance's early writings and if he commented on it?
Michael
Monday, March 26th 2001 - 12:28:09 AM
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Name: Steven Eldredge
Email: monsterlvr@aol.com
Home Site:
Comments
Boyd,

I loved reading Smith in my teenage years when Ballantine
was publishing so much of his work. I haven't read any in
years and years, and on a whim I entered his name into a
search engine. Voila! I was whisked to your astonishing
site. After getting over my initial amazement that I was
not alone in valuing CAS, I was overwhelmed by the sheer
size and scope of your labors in creating this site. You
are to be congratulated on all your efforts. I have
immediately bookmarked these pages and will be returning
again and again. This is like Christmas, birthday and
Halloween all rolled into one!
Sunday, February 18th 2001 - 10:09:35 AM
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Name: shawn courtorielle
Email: scourtorielle@yahoo.com
Home Site: http://
Saturday, February 17th 2001 - 12:06:22 AM
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Name: Francis D'Eramo
Email: ithaka@viaccess.net
Home Site: http://
Comments
I really enjoy your site and the monthly newsletter. I was
a huge fan of CAS and Jack Vance in the long-ago days of my
youth, but have read very little in the genre for the last
ten or more years. Do you have any recommendations?
Saturday, October 7th 2000 - 03:40:07 PM
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Name: Dave
Email: dave@creepyweb.com
Home Site: http://www.creepyweb.com/directory.htm
Comments
Nice website, very professional, good content.

Monday, August 14th 2000 - 03:38:19 PM
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Name: David Lindsey Quinlan
Email: ergot@hicom.net
Home Site: http://
Comments
Is there a complete text of "murder in the 4th dimension"
or does it exist only in pieces? regards David Quinlan
Monday, July 31st 2000 - 04:13:46 PM
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Name: Matteo
Email: frozenlily@tiscalinet.it
Home Site: http://
Comments
Hi to everyone!I'm Matteo from Italy.I am a university
student in french and english literatures in Milan and i
am incredibly happy that at last i found the most
wonderful site about Clark Ashton Smith on the web.
I will never be able to fully express my admiration for
this author and for the fascination you can find in his
works;when i read for the first time one of his tales i
was breathless! I wondered, how could a human being
convey these sentiments,this kind of sentiments?I felt
really dizzy...it was,very simply,something of
non-terrestrial beauty-
I've really never read in my life anything so fascinating
and enchanting,undoubtedly anything so close to the
Realm of Pure Poetry in itself,apart,maybe,from
Rimbaud.
A community of C.A.Smith admirers and fans sounds a
little weird to me (considering what i have read until
now in the guestbook) because in my opinion it's
impossible to really love Smith without being deeply
concerned about the idea of Poetry ,the concept of what
Poetry is and should be-but unfortunately i haven't
come across any messages in the forum expressing
this kind of enthusiasm or this kind of worry.It seems to
me that most of the people appreciate him only
because they consider the delightful aspect of
escapism in his works,and nothing more-and this is
very sad.To me, his works are a gigantic metaphysical
effort to conquer a Realm that is not our own but that
he felt it should be.
The quality of his writings is otherworldly,all of his
efforts tend desperately to achieve transcendental
beauty,and he always succeed in moving to tears the
authentic dreamer.
I think that even the historical movement of german
Romanticism almost vanishes,almost crumble to
pieces when compared to him.
I regard him as one of the greatest poet and dreamer
that ever appeared on this planet.(Prose poems like
"To the Daemon", or tales like "The white sibyl" are
beyond any classification.Never ever read anything so
unearthly-so poetic in my life.
Thursday, July 20th 2000 - 04:37:03 AM
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Name: Matteo
Email: frozenlily@tiscalinet.it
Home Site: http://
Wednesday, July 19th 2000 - 07:37:16 AM
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Name: Mike Lotus
Email: mlotus@winston.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
Very impressive. Wonderful to see the poetry. Clearly,
you are working on the proofreading as you go. It will
probably take years - - and no, I can't volunteer to help,
alas. Incidentally, while I like Lovecraft very much, I
think that Smith deserves to be considered on his own
terms, especially the poetry.

I have rather a lot of Clark Ashton Smith material,
including some of the stuff you are looking for, I think.
Send me an email and we can converse.
Tuesday, June 27th 2000 - 07:43:06 PM
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Name: Karen Arbuckle
Email: ronniearbuckle@aol.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
From what I've seen so far this is an impressive site and
Ashton's literature is excellent. Perfect for every
Lovecraft fan.
Friday, June 16th 2000 - 12:28:51 PM
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Name: Mike McElligott
Email: miklmce@evenings.org
Home Site: http://www.laughingsquid.com/sessions/
Comments
I co-produce a live artists series in San Francisco called
the Tentacle Sessions. Our guest this month would be of
interest to you--his name is Donald Sidney-Fryer, he was a
student and friend of C.A.S.. He will be reciting "The
Hashish Eater" as well as his own poetry. I just thought
I'd post this so you and your readers could know about it
(and anyone in the area could attend!).

Thanks, and I enjoyed the site...

mikl.em
Thursday, April 6th 2000 - 02:47:53 AM
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Name: christa malone
Email: gcmalone@home.com
Home Site: http://
Comments


Tuesday, February 8th 2000 - 08:27:54 PM
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Name: Rick Carlson
Email: carlsonrick@hotmail.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
Wow, this site sure has come a long way. I visited here
quite a while back and found the link today. Great job!
Monday, January 17th 2000 - 08:18:59 AM
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Name: Susan Moreau
Email: Oryan1@msn.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
Thanks to you for producing the best site I've seen on CAS.
It's the first time I've viewed his drawings, something
I've always been curious about but couldn't find.

I'll be back!
Sunday, January 16th 2000 - 02:56:37 AM
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Name: Fred Ihde
Email: fred1@sirius.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
Boyd:

A great site for a great artist! I would like to see Edward
Bulwer, Lord Lytton added to the list of authors who
influenced Smith (and H. P. Lovecraft). His book, 'The
Coming Race' has a race living in caverns within the earth
who claim to be descended from batrachians. (This in
1879...) I keypunched this novel for the Gutenberg Project
where a flat ascii text is available free. Once again, a
great site.

Regards,

Fred

Sunday, December 12th 1999 - 07:29:05 AM
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Name: Nick Neisler
Email: nen@rhythm.com
Home Site: http://www.rhythm.com/~nen
Comments
Hello,

Nick Neisler here. I often visit your website. I was
wondering if you have a list of stories that you are looking
to convert to digital to put on your website.

If you do, please send me a list at: nen@rhythm.com

I still want to find time to contribute to a worthy cause.

It might be a good idea to put the list of material you
might be looking for in your newsletter.

Take care,

-Nick Neisler
Thursday, November 11th 1999 - 08:41:16 PM
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Name: Tobias Gohrbandt
Email: togo0001@stud.uni-sb.de
Home Site: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Orion/4308
Comments
It is a very interesting site, doubtless the admirable
result of many, many hours of hard work. Congratulations!
Nevertheless, I'm surprised that you didn't get any
copyright problems so far!
Friday, October 29th 1999 - 05:34:23 AM
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Name: Francis D'Eramo
Email: ithaka@viaccess.net
Home Site: http://
Comments
I have been a CAS fan for many years. I am nearly forty
now, and rereading him takes me back to my younger days,
when each of his stories that I encountered for the first
time brought me such pleasure. I felt the same sort of
pleasure when I discovered your wonderful page. Thank you
very much for taking the time to create it for our
enjoyment.
Monday, October 11th 1999 - 10:28:34 AM
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Name: Mick
Email: rlyeh@aracnet.com
Home Site: http://www.aracnet.com/~rlyeh
Comments
Beautiful page! My congratulations, and thanks for all the
work that you have done. I hope that it does it's part to
bring the works of CAS to a wider audience.
Love under will.
Mick
Sunday, September 19th 1999 - 10:18:09 AM
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Name: James R.
Email: jgwr@ans.com.au
Home Site: http://www.ans.com.au/~jgwr/hpl.htm
Comments
Greetings! A very splendid site you have on offer. I've been
enjoying it for a number of months (in fact, most of the 13
months I've been connected to the Internet from home) and
return religiously at the start of every month to see what's
new, and have you linked from my own HP Lovecraft-related
site (above). Only criticism I can make is some occasionally
poor proof-reading, but otherwise, commendations all round.
So nice to see the site being run by a nearly local fellow,
too (me being in Australia and you evidently being in NZ).
Do you have here all the stories which appeared in Arkham's
1988 volume "A Rendezvous In Averoigne"? If not then please
advise me at the above address and I'll endeavour to
transcribe any you may be missing. This is the only CAS book
I have and have treasured it for some eight years. Apart
from it, I've only ever come across Smith's other stories
(and all of his poetry) through your site. A valuable
service.

Regards,
James
Thursday, September 2nd 1999 - 08:47:19 PM
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Name: Sebastian Buchner
Email: w.mezgolich@xpoint.at
Comments
IŽd just like to express my sincere gratitude to the owner
of this site. I found my interest in C.A.S. via the tomes
of and about H.P. Lovecraft, but in Austria - my
homecountry - it is immensely difficult to find even one
single story of Smith.
During one of my many plunges into this limbo of data I
discovered The Eldritch Dark, in my opinion one of the best
organized and most extensive sites devoted to a poet, and
since then I lingered quite a while here.
I felt most attracted by the prose poems, some of which I
even have tried to translate into German.
Thank you for this outstanding site.
Sunday, August 15th 1999 - 11:09:46 AM
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Name: Will Massengill
Email: Nick Fury@aol.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
Thank you for your web page. I have been looking for
Smith's stories for a long time, and I don't have the money
to buy expensive collector's and first editions. This web
page is a treasure trove to me. As an avid reader and
collector of fiction from the genres of crime/suspense,
dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction, I have only been
able to find Smith's stories in the occasional anthology.

You are missing "The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis" (copyright
1932), a sf/horror story about an expedition that meets
some nasty aliens. It can be found in the anthology Between
Time and Terror (copyright 1995) edited by Martin H.
Greenberg. Good anthology of sf/horror reprints.
Sunday, July 25th 1999 - 11:48:44 AM
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Name: Mike Carter
Email: Quetzalcoatl78@hotmail.com
Home Site: http://www.geocities.com.SoHo/Study/4978
Comments
I`ve been reading CAS for a couple of years now [with many
thanks to Laurence Cornford for passing me some books over]
and this site, dedicated to a master writer, is itself
masterful. Superb, and carry on with the impressive work.
Klarkash-Ton would have been proud.
Saturday, June 12th 1999 - 01:16:00 PM
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Name: Don Campbell
Email: donc@bellsouth.net
Home Site: http://dylar4.infoceptor.com
Comments
Amazing archives,
You have done a fantastic job of building & maintaining
a web site devoted to an amazing man.
Keep up the good work
I will return often.
The above URL is a site built & maintained by my son (13)
Mr.Saturn,
that is an ongoing interactive story dedicated to the Game
StarCraft.
C.A.Smith would have enjoyed it
Monday, May 17th 1999 - 05:36:58 PM
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Name: SinClaire
Email: sin@shadow.net.zzn.com
Home Site: http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/cliff/238
Comments
I am happy to find this site! I have been a dan of CASmith
for ages, along with Lovecraft and all the mythos writers.
This is a well done site and itndoes justice to a genius.
There are stories on here I could not find in print or
anywhere before-and I will be beck to read them all!
Thnkyou for honoring a great writer and poet-a haunter of
the Dark,and let me know of any updates if you would be so
kind
Take Care.
SinClaire
Friday, April 9th 1999 - 10:15:43 PM
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Name: Nick Neisler
Email: Nen@rhythm.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
Thanks! What a great site. I've been collecting Clark
Ashton Smith Stories for the last several years. You've got
lot's of stuff I haven;t been able to find, and tones of
poetry too. I look foward to getting a copy of the
Newsletter, and wonder if there is a news or list group for
Clark and the Weird Writers in general.


-Nick
Sunday, February 21st 1999 - 06:02:57 AM
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Name: Ronald S. Hilger
Email: casofile@jps.net
Home Site: http://
Comments
13 January, 1999
It was raining six years ago on the centennial of the
birth of Clark Ashton Smith. In sharp contrast to the gala
events which took place celebrating the respective
centennials of H.P. Lovecraft and R.E. Howard, I was the
lone participant in a solemn ceremony which took place at
the grave of Klarkash-Ton. I tore myself away from a cozy
fire(with some difficulty)and drove to Auburn, stopping at a
local florist to pick up a small bouquet of flowers. I stood
in the rain beside the moss-covered boulder which marks
Smith's grave, and reflected on the Wonder and Beauty he had
given the world. I thanked his spirit for this incredible
gift and all that his writing had meant to me personally. I
read aloud the poems "The Sorcerer Departs" and "Cycles".
then I produced a bottle containing some red wine.(it should
have been a fine vintage of Hyperborean pomeganate wine, but
I'm afraid it was only Almaden,Mountain Nectar)I took a swig
myself,and poured the rest,a liberal offering,on the ground.
I burned a small amount of pungent incense, which I hoped
would be pleasing to the spirits of the dead, and I placed a
single red rose surrounded by ferns and small white flowers
in front of the boulder. I took a picture of the red rose
against the green moss,then left. Did I say I was the only
visitor that day? This may not be strictly true, for as I
neared the street I looked back and thought I saw a woman in
a black mourning dress, her face was veiled and bowed as
with some ineffable sorrow. I turned back with the idea of
comforting her, but as I approached she merged into the
shadows of the wood. Looking down, I noticed there were now
two roses by the grave, the second was a beautiful rose of a
unique purplish color, so dark it appeated nearly black.
Smith wrote:"The true poet is not created by an epoch; he
creates his own epoch." As "The Eldritch Dark" web-site has
clearly demonstrated; its nice to see that the world is
finally catching up with the Bard of Auburn.
Ronald S. Hilger
Wednesday, January 13th 1999 - 06:16:34 PM
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Name: victor lane
Email: vicbeer@msn.com
Home Site: http://
Comments

I just wanted to say that the "Klark-Ashton" web sight is a
great resource in preserving the works of Clark Ashton
Smith. A neglected author that deserves more attention by
fantasy fans. Your site is well worth the visit.

Regards,

Victor
Thursday, December 31st 1998 - 03:40:46 PM
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Name: victor lane
Email: vicbeer@msn.com
Home Site: http://
Comments

I just wanted to say that the "Klark-Ashton" web sight is a
great resource in preserving the works of Clark Ashton
Smith. A neglected author that deserves more attention by
fantasy fans. Your site is well worth the visit.

Regards,

Victor
Thursday, December 31st 1998 - 03:36:39 PM
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Name: Michael
Email: msrosin2@alpha.delta.edu
Home Site: http://
Comments
Um, yes. I was just looking for short stories tonight,
pretty much bored. I came across this webpage, and decided
to check it out. I think I like what I'm hearing, but I'm
not sure. There's so many stories, poemms, and such that I
really don't know where to start. So I need help. If
anyone would be so kind as to lend me assistance, I would be
much obliged.
Thank you.
Wednesday, December 9th 1998 - 10:56:04 PM
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Name: Norman
Email: jlarose@atlantic.net
Home Site: http://
Comments
Dear Boyd,
Thanks for the response on Hearn...
You probably have the Ballantine edition of CAS's XICCARPH,
published in 1972 (if not, I have it). Lin Carter has a 5
page introduction on said favorite writer, as well as a 2
page intro on the Xiccarph cycle, a 1 page explanation on
Aihai, and half-a-page brief on Lophai. These might make
nice additions to your Criticism section and it would be a
nice way to represent Lin Carter who helped keep Smith's
work available. In fact, it would be nice if you could
have all the Ballantine forwards on CAS available to those
readers who can't obtain a copy. Just an idea... Thanks for
your site... Please respond, Norman
Monday, November 30th 1998 - 04:35:16 PM
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Name: Norman
Email: jlarose@Atlantic.net
Home Site: http://
Comments
I have a copy of Lafcadio Hearn's, SOME CHINESE GHOSTS,
originally published in 1887, it was reprinted in 1927 by
the Modern Library book series with an indepth introduction
by Manuel Komroff. I think Hearn's work comes closest to
CAS's style and probably was the primary influence in his
writing as well as Baudelaire's vision of hellish flowers
and icy lesbians. I hope you plan to place some of Hearn's
work on your site because Smith was both adamant in making
Hearn's work known and in stating he was a precursor to his
own style. If some see a Lovecraft influence in Smith's
work, they will note a deeper one in Hearn's writing (in
syntax and evocative power). Both writers also had an
interest in Eastern matters--oriental art, Buddhism, Japan
and China. And both were translators of French works.
Komroff, in his introduction on Hearn, states that he
translated Anatole France's THE CRIME OF SYLVESTRE BONNARD
and Flaubert's TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY among others, and
these works and writers were well known to Clark Ashton
Smith. As far as I know, there are no sites about Lafcadio
Hearn, and his writing is near impossible to obtain. The
tales I have in my book are titled as follows: THE SOUL OF
THE GREAT BELL; THE STORY OF MING-Y; THE LEGEND OF TCHI-
NIU; THE RETURN OF YEN-TCHIN-KING; THE TRADITION OF THE TEA-
PLANT; and THE TALE OF THE PORCELAIN-GOD. There are also
notes and a glossary on Chinese subjects by Hearn himself
in the back. I would like to make this text available to
you for your site so please e-mail me. Here's a sample of
Lafcadio Hearn's work, the opening paragraph to THE SOUL OF
THE GREAT BELL:
The water-clock marks the hour in the Ta-chung--in
the Tower of the Great Bell: now the mallet is lifted to
smite the lips of the metal monster,--the vast lips in-
scribed with Buddhist texts from the sacred Fa-hwa-King,
from the chapters of the holy Ling-yen-King! Hear the
great bell responding!--how mighty her voice, though
tongueless!--KO-NGAI! All the little dragons on the high-
tilted eaves of the green roofs shiver to the tips of their
gilded tails under that deep wave of sound; all the
porcelain gargoyles tremble on their carven perches; all
the hundred little bells of the pagodas quiver with desire
to speak. KO-NGAI!--all the green-and-gold tiles of the
temple are vibrating; the wooden goldfish above them are
writhing against the sky; the uplifted finger of Fo shakes
high over the heads of the worshippers through the blue fog
of incense! KO-NGAI!--What a thunder tone was that! All
the lacquered goblins on the palace cornices wriggle their
fire-colored tongues! And after each huge shock, how
wondrous the multiple echo and the great golden moan and,
at last, the sudden sibilant sobbing in the ears when the
immense tone faints away in broken whispers of silver,--as
though a woman should whisper, "Hiai!" Even so the great
bell hath sounded every day for well-nigh five hundred
years,--Ko-Ngai: first with stupendous clang, then with
immeasurable moan of gold, then with silver murmuring of
"Hiai!" And there is not a child in all the many-colored
ways of the old Chinese city who does not know the story of
the great bell,--who cannot tell you why the great bell
says Ko-Ngai and Hiai!


Sunday, November 29th 1998 - 01:31:56 PM
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Name: Charles
Email: clemons@vol.com
Home Site: http://www.angelfire.com/tn/shroomes
Comments
This site is very well done and one of the best around. It is nice to have a resting place amongst the rest of the boring trash on the web.


Sunday, November 15th 1998 - 07:29:25 PM
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Name: obsidian moon
Email: valt@flash.net
Home Site: http://
Comments
The wail of lamias flutters in the night---
stirring my soul, interrupting the flight
of my quill across withered scrolls.

How I thrill despite the wane of power
in these shrivelling, blackened limbs,
to each shower of phosphorous meteorites
and the whispering of ancient jinns.

Was it Clotho's filament that designed it,
or some latent pentagram upon my breast?
igniting passion for sepulcher and cerement;
Xenolith and alkahest.

Let Cerberus bow down his trident head---
to necromantic spells extricating the dead
past Acheron and the mouth of Hell.

Unearthly lexicons and cicerones exhort
the miasmal visions of my brain;
enflamed retorts drip metallic elixirs
into riches no king may obtain.

My opus is the copper pestle
crushing bitter leaves in a hollowed skull;
my sentinels, chiropters that nestle
in rafters beside chrysalid hulls.

The wail of lamias flutters in the night---
stirring my soul, inspiriting the flight
of my quill across withered scrolls.
Thursday, November 12th 1998 - 07:21:21 PM
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Name: Scott Connors
Email: wwhateley@hotmail.com
Home Site: http://
Comments
Outstanding resource for the serious student of Smith's
work. I did extensive research on Smith back in the late
70's-early 80's, including visits to Auburn where I spoke
with Bob Elder, Helen Sully, Ethel Heiple, Bill Robinson,
and many other friends of CAS. I had xerox copies made of
much unpublished material in the possession of the Sullys.
However, when I went career military in the early 80's, I
stored the material with my parents, with typical results.
Perhaps I still have some. (I also found a Lovecraft
revision, "The Tree on the Hill.") I'm frightfully out of
date with recent research.

Wednesday, September 23rd 1998 - 03:52:38 AM
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Name: Vince Larson
Email: Vince_Larson@berea.edu
Home Site: http://
Comments
This has been one of the single most exciting sites I have
found on the web in awhile. I am a Clark Ashton Smith junky
and you have saved me so much time, effort, and money. Half
of these poems I have never even heard of!!! Fantastic job
and keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks from the Pit of the Shoggoths,

Vince

Tuesday, September 8th 1998 - 01:30:00 PM
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Name: Jeroen Bergmans
Email: bergmans@rijnh.nl
Home Site: http://www.nowhere.yet
Comments
....
....

Whow!, everything I was browsing bookstores
for i found on a little dark corner of the web!

pity that i can not contribute something (everything
I own in print is already on your page)

Keep up the good work!

Jeroen.

PS your collection of CAS's works is not complete, but
I wondered how complete it is?

Wednesday, September 2nd 1998 - 05:59:09 AM
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Name: Christina Nordlander
Home Site: http://
Comments
Deep deep evil
Gold behind the stars
Just bookworm's dust-trails here
The nettles in my eyes
The needles under my nails
The fire in my lungs
The neuron-cracking backfire in my brain
Are just some shadows
Of the one, true, light-forbidding darkness
(It's quite bad, isn't it? Read my novels instead. Frankly,
I haven't got any published yet, but once I have, the time
will have come)
Wednesday, August 19th 1998 - 11:15:12 AM
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Name: Theo Paijmans
Email: th.paijmans@wxs.nl
Home Site: http://www.casema.net/~cold/
Comments
Fantastic site and a fitting tribute to the poetical genius
of CAS.

By the way, my book on John Worrell Keely was recently
published in the U.S.A. by IllumiNet Press. They have a site
on the web, with a picture and description of its contents.
All very `eldrich' of course...

All the best and keep up your excellent work! If you want
to, we link our page to yours.

Theo

Tuesday, August 4th 1998 - 05:27:00 PM
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Name: Ian Devereux
Email: ian@devereux.u-net.com
Comments
I have pursued some of these tales on and off for years, and
now here they all are. Quite a remarkable and admirable
effort.

Friday, June 12th 1998 - 02:46:00 PM
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Name: Michael C. Gwynne
Email: PURKASZ@AOL.COM
Comments
The "Old Ones" live, even in my new 'puter. I discovered
C.A.S. in an old copy of "Weird Tales" in l958, my
collection of said mag grew till I have almost all of them
in a vault in LA. In l966 I was living in Auburn where my
son was born and discovered a few of his old friends. I was
invited to tea by awman who knew him, it may have been
Marion Sully!!! My enthusism knew no bounds as she talked
on of her dear friend. She led me to the wall that he
built, as the cabin was no more, having been burned down by
vandels some years before. We sat and I was transported
with her to that peacefull hilly countryside. At the end of
the day she smiled and said, "you know, Clark would have
liked you very much, you know how to listen and how to
talk" We walked back to her home and had more tea till I
made my goodbyes and thanked her for allowing me into a
world I had loved so much as a young man. Upon leaving she
presented me with a hand-bound copy of "Spells and
Philtres" and three letters from him to her on his own
stationary. They still reside in the book, and I thank you
for reminding me of that remarkable day! I have enjoyed the
photos as well and can only say, "More"...Gwynne

Sunday, May 31st 1998 - 10:42:00 PM
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Name: stone
Home Site: http://badai.home.ml.org
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Friday, May 22nd 1998 - 01:42:00 PM
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Name: Svein H. Skavern
Email: mouth@online.no
Comments
...exellent.


Sunday, May 17th 1998 - 12:57:00 PM
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Name: Zahred
Email: zahred@aol.com
Comments
Fallen prey to the ill-scented whims and importunitites of commercialism, eh? Guest book is misspelled. Got to change that black letters on white background to something less glaring. Loved the poem, hadn't read it before, that I remember. I only have one book of CAS poetry from A.House twenty years old. (or more) , encoffined in an aging acid paper box on a shelf in my top closet sometwhere, buried by dollar something science fiction books and old movie posters from my ill-fated and premature comic-collector's book shop days.

Been a workin' haven't you? More later. JIM

Friday, May 15th 1998 - 06:56:00 AM
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Name: Ron Shiflet
Email: rshiflet@ix.netcom.com
Home Site: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Rampart/4059
Comments
Simply the best CAS site around! The work you have put into
this site is truly appreciated by all fans of Smith. I'm
grateful to have my poetry seen and read at The Eldritch
Dark. Keep up the great work!

Thursday, May 14th 1998 - 07:16:00 PM
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Name: Kenny
Email: huitzilapochtli@usa.net
Comments
This is one of the best pages I've seen and certainly the
best dedicated to Clark Ashton Smith. He is an amazing
writer, and this page is an excellent tribute.

Thursday, April 30th 1998 - 02:47:00 PM
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Name: Pete Shelton
Email: norge@email.unc.edu
Comments
What an incredible site! I've been a huge fan of the whole
REH, HPL, CAS thing for years, and it was great to be able
to read some of the stories I've only heard by name but
never had a chance to read because the books are so
difficult to come by. If only more internet space were
taken up by stuff that's actually worthwhile, like your
page. CAS truly took literature to its experimental limits,
and this page is a flawless representation of his unending
legacy. AMAZING!

Thursday, April 30th 1998 - 10:20:00 AM
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Name: Gabriel Benitez
Email: gabriel@itesocci.gdl.iteso.mx
Comments
Only This:
The Best Web Page in all internet about CAS.
My congratulations.

Saturday, April 25th 1998 - 05:03:00 PM
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Name: Phillip A. Ellis
Email: ghyle@hotmail.com
Comments
What can I say, Boyd?

What else but more poems! More poems!! More poems!!! Frankly, CAS is to poetry what Roerich is to the visual arts -- a true visionary, enriching us with a splendid and undimmed vision. Long may his words enchant us. Long may his words leave us breathless with intoxication. Long may the spirit of CAS inspire us, guiding us through exotic worlds which he alone has witnessed and journeyed upon.

Wednesday, April 15th 1998 - 09:40:00 PM
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Name: John R. Fultz
Email: winner8@sprynet.com
Comments
Dear Boyd,



Your skill at web design is exceeded only by your taste in weird fiction. 'The Eldritch Dark' has become the defining CAS tribute site on the internet.



Long live the Emperor of Dreams!



John

Thursday, April 2nd 1998 - 07:24:00 AM
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Name: Jason Verbitsky
Email: JV@bc.sympatico.ca
Home Site: http://www3.bc.sympatico.ca/JV/EIBON.HTM
Comments
Great Site, Boyd!

A treasure trove of CAS materials.
I wish that I'd found it years ago.

Thanks for making his next-to-impossible to find
stories etc. FAR easier to get.


Saturday, March 28th 1998 - 10:14:00 PM
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Name: Reed Andrus
Email: randrus@home.com
Comments
Lived in Auburn for 3.5 years. Strangely, Klarkash-ton is
not a local hero. Your website is greatly appreciated.

... Reed Andrus



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