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:

2 Dec, 2016 9:12AM by Radovarl

“Knygatin Wrote:
> I always hold a very sceptical stance towards such
> fantastically ludicrous explanations which lack
> all beauty and imagination.

Yet somehow you're simultaneously not being the least bit skeptical ;-). Yes, it would be neato keen if there were giant submarine worms burrowing in the muck, but there just doesn't seem to be any… ”

1 Dec, 2016 12:26PM by Knygatin

“OK, sorry for dominating this forum so much! But hardly anyone else ever posts here, so I guess it can't do much harm. Even though, of course, it would have been more gratifying with a varied and lively participation. There used to be extended intellectual discussions on this forum, some 10 years ago or so.… ”

22 Nov, 2016 9:39AM by Knygatin

“I always hold a very sceptical stance towards such fantastically ludicrous explanations which lack all beauty and imagination.… ”

22 Nov, 2016 2:59AM by Martinus

Here is a more plausible explanation: link … ”

21 Nov, 2016 4:47AM by Knygatin

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