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:

21 Nov, 2015 10:34AM by jimrockhill2001

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21 Nov, 2015 8:38AM by wilum pugmire

“Thank ye. There used to be a site called Temple of Dagon that was completely taken over by these spammers, to ye point where I completely lost interest in visiting the site. Such users should be immediately banned.… ”

21 Nov, 2015 4:20AM by jimrockhill2001

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20 Nov, 2015 3:48PM by Ancient History

“For anyone interested, Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos has also been released on Amazon Kindle.… ”

14 Nov, 2015 1:40PM by Martinus

“wilum pugmire Wrote:
> So it will be one huge volume rather than two
> volumes as originally planned.

Yes, last time he explained that "packaging" (binding, covers, cover art, etc.) can increase the price and decrease the profit quite considerably sometimes, so that one big volume may be better. That's also why they are doing… ”

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