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Collected Prose Poems and Artwork of Clark Ashton Smith. For many years, Smith's artwork was a mere rumor to most of those who read his stories and poems. For the first time, over two hundred of Smith’s sculptures, paintings and drawings, including paintings that he did for his well-known poem “The Hashish-Eater,” as well as drawings that he did to illustrate Lovecraft’s story “The Lurking Fear” and his own stories in Weird Tales. Also included are all of Smith’s prose poems, including several that have not been collected, as well as memoirs and appreciations by Donald Sidney-Fryer, Fritz Leiber, Eric Barker, and others of Smith’s friends and fellow writers.
Like many of his current admirers, this book’s editor first became acquainted with the artwork of Clark Ashton Smith through the tantalizing references that his correspondent and friend H. P. Lovecraft scattered throughout his stories like malignant Easter eggs. Photographs of some of his carvings had graced the dustjackets of Arkham House books, but these were themselves rarities and only served to whet the reader’s appetite.
There are also a good number of photographs here, of CAS and fellow writers and acquaintances, mostly at his home in Auburn, California and in the mountain area around it (Auburn is just 30 miles from where we are located in Grass Valley). These include many acquaintances and fellow writers, including Emil Petaja. Petaja was a fellow author and also managed the estate and published several books with art by or about artist Hannes Bok (the photograph we show here is of CAS and Petaja). There's a fine shot of him holding an oil lamp in front of two of his pieces framed on his wall. And another of him outside with several head sculptures of various beasts and monsters from his stories.
Smith was very clearly a far better writer than he was an artist. His best work is the sculptures, which are often striking and of professional quality. His line drawings and paintings are, shall we say, not up the standards we are used to. However, for any CAS fan they are a rare glimpse behind the curtain of what he was imagining as he wrote his many fantasy and horror pieces. He joins artists like Clive Barker and even J.R.R. Tolkien in this regard, who also furthered their oeuvre with depictions of their fantasy realms.
Signed by editor Scott Connors, on a very handsome signature page in the back, with a full printed (facsimile) signature by Clark Ashton Smith. We only have a very limited number of copies of this signed edition. There is an unsigned edition, for only slightly less cost, which we will offer when these are gone.
Bound in handsome black cloth, with a full cloth slipcase in black and yellow.
- Additional Information
Item Code INRHS Publisher Centipede Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781613470589 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 440pg Color Partial Color