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New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Scott Connors (IP Logged)
Date: 13 March, 2005 01:31AM
Nick Curtis at Seele-Brennt tells me that issue two of LOST WORLDS is now available. Go to [cas.seele-brennt.com].

Lost Worlds
The Journal of Clark Ashton Smith Studies

Contents of Issue no. 2:

"A Chinese Fable" by Clark Ashton Smith. Previously only available in the lettered edition of Night Shade Books' The Red World of Polaris, reprinted here is the poem as well as an image of the manuscript.


"Communicable Mysteries:The Last True Symbolist" by Fred Chappell. An exploration of the use and meaning of Smith's symbolism within his poetry.


"Brave World Old and New: The Atlantis Theme in the Poetry and Fiction of Clark Ashton Smith" by Donald Sidney-Fryer. Discussion regarding the ever-present theme of Atlantis (either directly in name or in the abstract) throughout the fictional career of Smith.


"Clark Ashton Smith Collections in the San Francisco Bay Area, Part 1: Letters to Samuel Loveman" by Mark Hall. A listing of the holdings in the San Francisco Bay Area of letters from Smith to Samuel Loveman. Includes many pertinent quotes from and remarks regarding the contents.


The Letters of Clark Ashton Smith reviewed by Brian Stableford.


I plan on sending issue three to Nick in six weeks, so we will be on a quarterly (more or less) schedule from now on, although I am considering going to a biannual schedule of about 100 pages per issue.

Starting with issue three, I am making a number of changes:

1. While continuing to strive for a high quality of scholarship for the main articles, I do plan to ease up on the faux-academia and try to make the publication a bit more fannish, more fun. I want to provide a forum for Smith fans to sound off that is a bit more permanent, and hopefully more thoughtful, than any electronic forum can provide. To this end I am inviting contributions to a reader's column--called "Letters from Mohaun Los," natch--to comment on the contents of the first two issues, along with any other brief points that the reader might wish to share. Brief, pithy, and insightful letters are what I'm looking for (500 words tops). If your letter is published, you get a free copy of that issue, of course.
2. We're increasing the number of pages to 50 and the font size to 11 (from 9.5 currently), which should improve readability considerably.
3. The CAS paintings on the front cover have been sent to the publisher as TIFF files, which have required that they not be larger than their current size without pixelization showing up. Starting with issue three, I'm sending Nick color slides and telling him to have Kinko's blow them up, so the Smith paintings will be _much_ larger. We are also considering issuing a color portfolio of the Smith paintings we use.
4. Besides letters, we also want to use more book reviews. We have excellent reviews on hand by Alan Gullette, Richard Hughey, and others, of books by CAS and Sterling and Sam Loveman.
5. We will be using more art inside, mainly as colophons for departments. Besides "Letters from Mohaun Los," there is "From the Crypts of Memory," a reprint department.
I am continuing to search for new material, both old and new. For instance, I have secured permission from William Whittingham Lyman's son to publish his father's memoir of Smith that is on deposit at the Bancroft Library. I am also having two fine articles translated from the French, and have pieces by Don Fryer, S. T. Joshi, Ron Hilger, John Hitz, and others on hand. And I am also plugging away at some pieces myself. But we need more, folks. There are kernals of a lot of good articles on this forum that just need a little effort to whip into shape. I do have a small budget for paying for articles, so here's an opportunity to earn a little well-deserved recognition, and maybe make a few pazoors while you're at it!

Best,
Scott




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13 Mar 05 | 01:45AM by Scott Connors.

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Roger (IP Logged)
Date: 13 March, 2005 12:34PM
Sounds great, I enjoyed the first issue very much. Hope you stick with it for years to come.

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Boyd (IP Logged)
Date: 13 March, 2005 05:32PM
Perhaps as the editor you would like to add Lost Worlds to the Bibliography. Its designed to be added to by anyone.


That goes for any one eles with some time and knowledge, there are quite a few gaps in the bibliography that need filling.

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Scott Connors (IP Logged)
Date: 14 March, 2005 05:13PM
This is on my list of things to do, but it is a very _long_ list.

Scott

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Boyd (IP Logged)
Date: 14 March, 2005 06:01PM

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Scott Connors (IP Logged)
Date: 14 March, 2005 10:11PM
I would mention that both issues have full color covers by Smith himself.


Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: voleboy (IP Logged)
Date: 15 March, 2005 03:16AM
I'll be grabbing a copy of issue 2 at the very least. I may need some sweet talking in order to afford it, though; I have over $120 of books just for university this year, thus far--and yet more uncounted!

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Scott Connors (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2005 07:58PM
Well, LW 2 has been out for about a month now, and I haven't exactly been overwhelmed by responses to my invitation to contribute to the letters column. Maybe I need to get Lemony Snickett to diss the CAS-man to stir up the sewage a bit. I would like to send issue 3 to the printer around the first of May: this issue will have a symposium on "The Red World of Polaris" and "The Face by the River," and I have contributions on hand by Brian Stableford, Mike Ashley, Steve Behrends, and Don Herron, with another contribution promised but not yet at hand. Also have reviews by Alan Gullette and S. T. Joshi. So come on, gang, let's show Klarkash-Ton proud!
Best,
Scott

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: voleboy (IP Logged)
Date: 2 May, 2005 06:06PM
Well, now that I've got some assignments out of the way, I'd be happy to contribute a letter or two. Though I'm not sure exactly on what I would be writing about at the mo, but if I sleep enough may I'll incubate an idea or two.

ciao!

Re: New format for LOST WORLDS
Posted by: Benocles Czar (IP Logged)
Date: 20 June, 2005 12:06PM
Scott,

I have sent you a letter already.
:)

In addition to that, I have an essay or two I would like to write on CAS. When time permits, e-mail me and I will throw you my ideas...

Cheers
Benjamin S.



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