Thousands of books, articles and stories have been written about Atlantis since Plato presented the dialogues in which he first postulated the Lost Continent.
Later writers, philosophers, story-tellers, believers and non-believers have created their own names for the legend, have changed the geography (which indeed, was always pretty vague), have treated the concept as the purest fiction, and as the purest non-fiction: the stream is endless and there will undoubtedly be more to come.
But few writers of the imaginative have produced such tantalizing glimpses of richness as Clark Ashton Smith created in his Tales of Podeidonis (one of the many names for Atlantis). The embroidery of his extraordinarily graphic prose, the clarity of his weird images, are ideally suited to the re-creation of his own purely imaginary world. He makes no pretense that this is the real lost Atlantis – but it is an Atlantis that surely should have lived. Enter it, and you enter a fasdcinating reality beyond the mundane world – a reality in which the remarkable mind of Clark Ashton Smith was perfectly at home, and in which he will entangle you with the sorcery of an artist...
Edited, with an introduction 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.