Letter to H. P. Lovecraft

From Clark Ashton Smith

[24] [c. 20 October 1931]

From the inner vaults
of Yoh-Vombis.

Dear E'ch-Pi-El:

[. . .]

[. . . Wright] wants me to speed up the first half of "The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis", on the plea that many of his readers would never get to the interesting portion as it stands. Oh hell . . . I suppose I can leave out a lot of descriptive matter; but it's a crime all the same.

[. . .]

Wandrei has just sent me a good scientifiction yarn, "Raiders of the Universe", [1] which will come to you presently. You will also receive a new tale of mine before long — "The Demon of the Flower", which is partly based on the prose-poem, "The Flower-Devil", in Ebony and Crystal. I have two other weirds under way — "The Nameless Offspring", which I once outlined to you, and a brand-new opus, "Slaves of the Black Pillar". This latter deals with an ultra-terrene drug that left the bodies of those who were tempted to take it in a state of permanent catalepsy, while their minds, souls or astrals (whichever you prefer) were held captive in a dark planet at the rim of the galactic universe.

Wright tells me that "The Monster of the Prophecy" will furnish the cover design for the Jan. W.T. Holy smoke! I wonder what it will look like. You may recall that the earth-hero was stark naked in the tale; and that the heroine, as well as the other Antareans, was equipped with five arms, three legs, three eyes, and a superabundance of other anatomical features. However, Senf (if he does the picture) probably won't read that far.

Good luck,


  1. The title of Wandrei's story is "Raiders of the Universes".

From: Clark Ashton Smith: LETTERS TO H. P. LOVECRAFT, edited by and footnotes by Steve Behrends (July 1987) Necronomicon Press.

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