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:

30 May, 2016 9:23PM by wilum pugmire

“Went to S. T.'s for his Memorial Day Cook-out, & he shew'd me ye manuscript for the Lovecraft/Smith correspondence. It is huge!! The bibliography alone will probably take up fifty pages, so we expect the book to exceed 700 pages. Gonna be AMAZING! Apparently there are far more Lovecraft letters extant than there are from… ”

29 May, 2016 1:57AM by Martinus

“David Schultz posted the following in the Hippocampus press FB group:

Prog report: Lead editor has completed draft of DAWNWARD SPIRE, LONELY HILL--coeditor now working on text.
Lead editor has completed draft of Smith-Wandrei-Barlow letters.
Lead editor completed a draft of the Smith-Loveman letters in December, but will proof and edit further before turning over text… ”

29 May, 2016 1:55AM by Martinus

“Martinus Wrote:

> I don't know how many letters from CAS to HPL will
> be included.

But I do now -- in his latest EOD mailing, David says that there are "perhaps only 90 pieces".… ”

28 May, 2016 1:20PM by Nutmidas

“Did the indiegogo campaign just end? I found out about it today and went to contribute, and it looks like I'm a day late. Do you need more funding or plan on another type of funding campaign?… ”

19 May, 2016 5:42AM by Chipougne

“After a few days, most of the options have already been financed. This is going to be one of the most beautiful CAS edition ever.
link … ”

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