Synopses & Reviews
An artist, poet, and prolific contributor to Weird Tales
, Clark Ashton Smith (1893–1967) is an influential figure in the history of pulp fiction. A close correspondent and collaborator with H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, Smith was widely celebrated as a master by his contemporaries. Back in print for the first time since 1971, Out of Space and Time
showcases the many facets of Smith's unique prose that make him one of the greatest American writers of macabre and fantastic tales.
Here are tales of Averoigne, tales belonging to the Cthulhu, stories of sheer horror, and one or two of sardonic comedy. Jeff VanderMeer provides an introduction for this Bison Books edition.
"Incredible worlds, impossibly beautiful cities, and still more fantastic creatures.... Take one step across the threshold of his stories and you plunge into color, sound, taste, smell and texture: into language." Ray Bradbury
"He had a monstrously vivid imagination, a keenly ironic sense of humor, and an uninhibited bent for the macabre. Weird-heroic fantasy is not a large genre, but Smith was a giant in this field." L. Sprague de Camp
Collection of classic macabre and fantastic tales from a master of pulp fiction.
About the Author
Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893-August 14, 1961) was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. It is for these stories, and his literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937, that he is mainly remembered today.