Clark Ashton Smith Books

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Clark Ashton Smith is an American author that is spoken of with the same reverence normally reserved for artists like H.P. Lovecraft. In fact, it is for his friendship with H.P. Lovecraft and the rest of their social circle that Smith is best known.

Order of The Averoigne Chronicles Series

1A Rendezvous in Averoigne 1931Description / Buy
2Mother of Toads 1938Description / Buy
3The Colossus of Ylourgne (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy

Order of The Averoigne Cycle Series

1The Averoigne Archives 2019Description / Buy

Order of The Book of Hyperborea Series

1The Coming of the White Worm (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy

Order of Tales of Zothique Series

1Xeethra 1934Description / Buy
2Witchcraft Of Ulua 1988Description / Buy
3The Dark Eidolon (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
4The Voyage of King Eurovan (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
5The Garden of Adompha (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy

Order of The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith Series

1The End of the Story 1981Description / Buy
2The Last Hieroglyph 1994Description / Buy
3The Door to Saturn 2007Description / Buy
4A Vintage From Atlantis 2007Description / Buy
5The Maze of the Enchanter 2008Description / Buy

Order of Clark Ashton Smith Standalone Novels

1The Book of Eibon 2001Description / Buy
2The Black Diamonds 2002Description / Buy
3The Emperor of Dreams 2002Description / Buy

Order of Clark Ashton Smith Short Stories/Novellas

1The Hashish-Eater 1920Description / Buy
2The Dweller in the Gulf 1987Description / Buy
3The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis 1988Description / Buy
4Star Changes 2005Description / Buy
5The Maze Of Maal Dweb 2006Description / Buy
6The Flower Women 2006Description / Buy
7The Empire Of The Necromancers (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
8Phoenix (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
9Genius Loci (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
10The Mahout (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
11The Star Treader (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Clark Ashton Smith Graphic Novels

1The Maker of Gargoyles and Other Stories 2004Description / Buy

Order of Clark Ashton Smith Collections

1The Return of the Sorcerer 1931Description / Buy
2The Double Shadow (Short Story) 1933Description / Buy
3Out Of Space And Time Volume 1 1942Description / Buy
4Out Of Space And Time 1942Description / Buy
5Lost Worlds 1944Description / Buy
6Genius Loci and Other Tales 1948Description / Buy
7The Abominations of Yondo 1960Description / Buy
8Tales of Science and Sorcery 1964Description / Buy
9Zothique 1970Description / Buy
10Other Dimensions volume 1 1970Description / Buy
11Xiccarph 1972Description / Buy
12Poseidonis 1973Description / Buy
13Other Dimensions volume 2 1977Description / Buy
14The Black Book of Clark Ashton Smith (Short Story) 1979Description / Buy
15The City of the Singing Flame 1981Description / Buy
16As It Is Written (Short Story) 1982Description / Buy
17The Last Incantation 1982Description / Buy
18The Monster of the Prophecy 1983Description / Buy
19Strange Shadows 1989Description / Buy
20The Devil's Notebook (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
21Nostalgia of the Unknown 2001Description / Buy
22The Last Oblivion 2002Description / Buy
23The Sword of Zagan and Other Writings 2004Description / Buy
24The White Sybil and Other Stories (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
25Red World of Polaris (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
26The Klarkash-Ton Cycle: The Lovecraftian Fiction of Clark Ashton Smith 2008Description / Buy
27The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies 2014Description / Buy

Order of Clark Ashton Smith Poetry Collections

1The Star-Treader and other poems (Short Story) 1912Description / Buy
2Odes and Sonnets (Short Story) 1918Description / Buy
3A Phantasy And Other Prose Poems (Short Story) 1922Description / Buy
4Ebony and Crystal: Poems in Verse and Prose (Short Story) 1922Description / Buy
5Selected Poems 1971Description / Buy
6Shadows Seen and Unseen: Poetry from the Shadows: Works of Clark Ashton Smith 2007Description / Buy
7Moonlight and Other Poems 2009Description / Buy

Order of The Complete Poetry and Translations of Clark Ashton Smith Series

1The Complete Poetry and Translations Volume 1 2008Description / Buy
2The Complete Poetry and Translations Volume 2 2008Description / Buy
3The Complete Poetry and Translations Volume 3 2008Description / Buy

Order of Clark Ashton Smith Non-Fiction Books

1Selected Letters 2003Description / Buy
2The Shadow of the Unattained: The Letters of George Sterling and Clark Ashton Smith 2005Description / Buy

Clark Ashton Smith Anthologies

1 The Most Dangerous Game and Other Stories of Adventure2011Description / Buy
2 The Wildside Book of Fantasy2012Description / Buy
3 Wonder and Glory Forever: Awe-Inspiring Lovecraftian Fiction2020Description / Buy
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Born in 1893 in California, Smith spent his childhood in a cabin in the town of Auburn. Everyone who knew him would have told you that Smith was special. He remembered everything he read.

And yet he did not receive any formal education of significance because of the psychological disorders that ailed him. But his intellect was such that he still thrived under the tutelage he received at home.

Clark Ashton Smith’s love for literature was ignited at a young age. He started by reading popular stories like Gulliver’s Travels and Arabian Knights. By the time he was 11, the author had already begun writing his own fairy tales.

His first novel, The Black Diamonds, was written at fourteen (though, it was only discovered and published in 2002). By 17, Smith had already nurtured a relationship with a magazine called The Black Cat to which he sold many of his stories.

The boy initially restricted his work to poems. This is all he wrote for more than ten years, earning national recognition for works like The Star-Treader. But then his health began to suffer and the rate at which he was writing fell.

It was in the eight years that followed that the author met many of the figures that would eventually join H.P. Lovecraft’s circle, including Samuel Loveman.

Smith and Lovecraft’s relationship began in 1922. Lovecraft read Smith’s work and then he wrote the author a letter revealing his admiration. This endeared Lovecraft to Smith and the pair spent the next fifteen years corresponding.

It should be noted that, because Clark Ashton Smith wasn’t writing as frequently, he had to look to other professions to earn a living, including fruit picking. Life was hard for the author who had to support himself and his parents.

He got by for a time, especially when he started taking digging and typing jobs but he was still quite poor.

Smith only returned to fiction writing in the late 1920s. He began churning out stories at an incredible pace, using the nightmares of his childhood to produce fiction that gave even Lovecraft pause.

It was in the years that followed that Clark Ashton Smith earned his reputation for producing the most macabre concepts.

He was 61 when he married Jones Dorman and 68 when he died in his sleep. This was after suffering a number of strokes.

Clark Ashton Smith Awards

Smith won the L.A. Times Book Prize for The Double Shadow. He received Balrog and Locus Award nominations for works like The City of the Singing Flame and The Emperor of Dreams.

Clark Ashton Smith Books into Movies

Night Gallery was a television series that starred Vincent Price. It once featured an episode that adapted The Return of the Sorcerer.

The Double Shadow was also produced as a film in the mid-1970s.

Best Clark Ashton Smith Books

Smith’s fame can be attributed to the fact that H.P. Lovecraft was his biggest fan, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

The Dark Eidolon: H.P. Lovecraft thought Smith was the most impressive author he had ever read, and he wasn’t the only one to heap such praise on the talented writer. The Dark Eidolon is a volume that attempts to collect and present his best stories and poems.

Those who read this collection are likely to gain a clear understanding of the mind that made Smith so appealing to his contemporaries.

The Emperor of Dreams: This tome spans Clark Ashton Smith’s entire career. It features everything from Kings and Gods to Wizards and Necromancers. It also shows off all the innovative worlds for which Smith was best known, Zothique and Averoigne in particular.

The short stories on offer include The Double Shadow and Mother of Toads. Smith stopped writing in 1937. So the stories contained within this collection are his legacy. These are the works that elevated him into the same arena as H.P. Lovecraft.

Some have called the tome decadent. Others believe it to be one of the most imaginative collections that have ever been published.

When Does The Next Clark Ashton Smith book come out?

Clark Ashton Smith doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Averoigne Archives and was released on June, 6th 2019. It is the newest book in the The Averoigne Cycle Series.

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