The Eldritch Dark

The Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith 1915

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 Jul, 2014 1:19PM by Fiendlover

“I just searched Google and found someone else who is having the same problem as you. You can read it here;

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It looks like on Duotrope it lists Weird Tales response time to be 300 days and you can query every 60, it seems. I can't believe how much this website has changed. … ”

21 Jul, 2014 12:44PM by K.A. Opperman

“As far as I understand it, they are under a new editor now. Everything has changed. I checked the site a few weeks or so ago, and was able to get more info on these changes, but visiting it now, it seems changed yet again, and difficult to navigate--garish with artwork, and scant on actual… ”

21 Jul, 2014 12:18PM by justlookaway

“Dear all,

I was wondering if anyone knew what the situation is over at Weird Tales Magazine these days. I've exhausted every avenue I can think of to find out and was hoping someone here might have more of an inside idea as to what is going on. Their facebook page was hacked recently, though now… ”

19 Jul, 2014 12:25AM by Knygatin

“Picked up the following comment from an Amazon review, for what it's worth. According to this, it seems as if Joshi took Lovecraft's old manuscripts, and added bits he found in them to the 'corrected' Arkham House editions, without really taking into consideration whether Lovecraft wanted these bits in his final versions:

"The reference to 5,000… ”

13 Jul, 2014 11:16AM by Draugen

“Thanks for the update Wilum, I'm not on the Centipede emailing list so wouldn't have known this. Perhaps I should get myself on there. Maybe the new volume will be in the format of the recent editions of Lovecraft, Blackwood, WHH, Poe? I'd love a CAS volume in this format.

As mentioned before though, my dream… ”


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