The Eldritch Dark

The Sanctum of 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:

20 Jun, 2016 8:03AM by pegana

“Pegana Press is extraordinarily pleased to announce that fabulous artist of the Surreal Michael Hutter has finished the illustrations for our new edition H.P. Lovecraft: Dark Dreamlands. This deluxe oversize edition of early Dream tales will be available soon and is strictly limited to 100 numbered copies. More information and how to pre-order can be… ”

14 Jun, 2016 8:36AM by Chipougne

“They did. I realize the expression « from scratch » is misleading here, sorry about that. What I meant was that they chose to retranslate everything, as if from scratch, despite the fact that most of the texts had been translated in the 1970’s and 1980’s. However these translations (oop for decades anyway) were made by different… ”

14 Jun, 2016 8:20AM by Jojo Lapin X

“I see. I did not realize the text did not already exist. It seems subscribers will have to wait quite a while for this book set to arrive.… ”

14 Jun, 2016 4:56AM by Chipougne

“Two, perhaps three encased hardbound volumes (Smyth Sewn it seems) with many illustrations, fabric backs with golden lettering, are to be expected. But, mostly, because everything will be translated from scratch (none of the former translations will be used) according to a very specific protocol (i.e. strict guidelines and constant cross-checking to make sure everybody… ”

14 Jun, 2016 3:14AM by Jojo Lapin X

“Why is such an enormous amount of money necessary for this project?… ”

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