Hyperborea, an imaginary land first written about by the early Greeks, has been the scene of many a strange fantasy, fertile ground for the imaginative dreams of many writers down the years. But surely none so rich as those of Clark Ashton Smith, who took Hyperborea and made it his own in stories and verse that glow with life, in prose of which Ray Bradbury has said, "Take one step across the threshold and you plunge into color, sound, taste, smell, and texture; into language. Here is the real world of Clark Ashton Smith, plus a hint of the other worlds whose cities dwarf the shadows that move through them..."
Edited, with an introduction, map and notes by Lin Carter.
Clark Ashton Smith (1893–1961) was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. It is for these stories, and his literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937, that he is mostly remembered today. With Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, also a friend and correspondent, Smith remains one of the most famous contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales.
Photo: Clark Ashton Smith in 1912. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.