Hyperborea [Clark Ashton Smith] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy. Hyperborea. Of Clark Ashton Smith’s three major fantasy series, Hyperborea had the worst sales record during his lifetime. Smith finished ten stories about the. The Muse of Hyperborea. Clark Ashton Smith. Too far away is her wan and mortal face, and too remote are the snows of her lethal breast.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Weird stuff to be sure! Try to withstand the sight and stench of the White Worm Learn of the escapades and fate of the yellow-and-black-spotted outlaw Knygathin Zhaum Know who is Tsathoggua: This collection of 14 short stories will delight fans of the genre.

The reader will enjoy shivering with disgust at Smith’s detailed descriptions of the intelligent, malicious and gruesome otherworldly creatures that control their various domains. It can be presumed that the adventurers who smkth trespass into their lairs are humans who possess clari kind of audacity formerly ascribed only to the boldest of ancient Greek heroes.


These little works should be read slowly and in a quiet place for full effect. Savor each turn of phrase and feel the hair stand up on the backs of your necks. Editor Will Murray provides a very fine Introduction with background on Smith’s stories as his work developed and grew over a year period.

We thought you’d appreciate knowing the Table of Contents in the Necronomicon Press version: Introduction, by Will Murray 1. The Tale of Zatampra Zeiros 2.

Lost Worlds: Volume 2: Atlantis, Hyperborea, Xiccarph and Others

The Muse of Hyperborea 3. The Door to Saturn 4. The Testament of Athammaus 5. The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan 6.

The White Sybil 9. Clarkk House of Haon-Dor The Coming of the White Worm The Claek Geases Lament for Vixeela Clark Ashton Smith wrote prolifically for the old pulp magazines, mostly during the s and s, but his main interest was in poetry.

That preoccupation with language is clearly evident in every entry in this volume, which represents a collection of all the stories including a few incomplete fragments that pertained to his imaginary land of “Hyperborea,” lost in the mists of antiquity. These stories also fit in with the so-called “Cthulhu mythos” of H.

Lovecraft and numerous other writers, which present an alternative history of humanity smuth only the latest and weakest of earth’s sentient denizens, subject to the awful inhuman powers of asjton beings that originally came from other planets. What distinguishes Smith’s work from that of other Cthulhu writers, or from other writers of fantasy, is his style of writing borrowed from the 19th century decadent poets he loved and emulatedhis morbid and ironic sense of humor, and his penchant for avoiding happy endings.

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From a modern perspective this doesn’t always work. One gets the msith impression in many of these stories of a writer more in love with his own wordcraft than in tune with his narrative. Some of the stories are plainly ridiculous; “The Door to Saturn,” asthon example, rates as unbearably poor science fiction in an Ed Wood, 50’s B-movie vein.


Others contain the germ of a wonderful idea, but squander it on what amount to small-minded jokes, despite the florid prose that attempts to disguise them as something else “The Seven Geases” in particular. Nevertheless, some of these ideas are worth experiencing, and some of Smith’s humor still bites.

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