The Eldritch Dark

The Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith at 19.

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:

21 Apr, 2014 10:18AM by wilum pugmire

“It was wonderful to meet you as well on to be on a panel remembering CAS and Bloch and so many others. It was especially wondrous to be with you, who knew Clark Ashton Smith, and to hear your recollections!… ”

21 Apr, 2014 10:06AM by wilum pugmire

“Yes it does, an illustration title "Giant Bat-winged Gryphons." I have just recorded a video on YouTube shewing each and every of the nine drawings by CAS.… ”

20 Apr, 2014 8:07PM by jdworth

“wilum pugmire Wrote:
> I have the 1977 facsimile printing by Necronomicon
> Press of the entire series as publish'd in HOME
> BREW. There are eleven art pieces in all.

Thanks, Wilum. Does this include the "Gryphon" illustration as well? If not, I repeat the question: Does anyone know if that illustration still exists and, if so,… ”

20 Apr, 2014 6:43PM by jimrockhill2001

“No need to apologize - I obviously did not make myself clear.… ”

20 Apr, 2014 6:19PM by wilum pugmire

“I have the 1977 facsimile printing by Necronomicon Press of the entire series as publish'd in HOME BREW. There are eleven art pieces in all.… ”

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