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5.0 out of 5 starsClark Ashton Smith remains my favorite fantasy author
26 June 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Clark Ashton Smith remains my favorite fantasy author, even over such authors as Tolkien and Moorcock. His style of prose and the sheer wild creativity in his stories brings the reader quickly into another world. I was originally introduced to him through his association with H.P. Lovecraft - but his work is very different, generally lighter toned, even when the subject matter is dark.
I highly recommend not just this book, but the series, in both audio and prose forms.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great treasure of dark fantasy
1 June 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Clark Ashton Smith is one of the great writers of horror and dark fantasy, a contemporary, dear friend and literary equal of HP Lovecraft. The Collected Fantasies ia a multi-volume collection of all his short stories. It was previously available as lmited edition hardcovers which sold out quickly and are now only available for exhorbitant prices. The kindle version allows you to have access to those stories if you missed out then. CAS's weaves a marvelous tapestry of language, and his stories even with all their dark content often have a sliver of wicked humor that makes them stand out. Highly recommended to all fans of literary horror in the vein of Lovecraft.
Rich, lurid prose which is a true pleasure to read. A mixture of brief earliest works and longer forays into the weird, but a few too many tales of poetic longing, dark love and yearning for my taste. Notable exceptions to this are the incredible Marooned in Andromeda and The Immeasurable Horror
5.0 out of 5 starsIncredibly Amazing!!! A Wonderful Read!
8 September 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
Though Ive long considered myself a fan of pulp era fiction, Ive increasingly realized how limited my experience among the true pulp masters really was. Somehow I had never heard of Clark Ashton Smith untill just a few months ago when I first noticed this series. I was so impressed at the scholarship, time and quality that went into producing it, much like the recent Robert E Howard collections, that I was sure the stories within must be worthwhile. "Worthwhile" was a complete underestimation of Smith's fiction. I devoured this volume in two days, and will no doubt have re read it fully by the time Volume 2 arrives. I have the rest of this series on order and I can not wait to become even more lost in Mr Smith's wierd fantastical immagination.