The Last Hieroglyph (The Collected Fantasies, #5)
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The Last Hieroglyph

by Clark Ashton Smith
Release date: November 20, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horrorweird fiction, short stories

Edited by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger. Cover art by Jason Van Hollander.

The Last Hieroglyph is the fifth volume of the five volume Collected Fantasies series. Editors Scott Connors and Ron Hilger have compared original manuscripts, various typescripts, published editions, and Smith's notes and letters, in order to prepare a definitive set of texts.

This series presents Smith's fiction chronologically, based on composition rather than publication. The editorial decision to present these finely crafted tales chronologically, as opposed to thematically, was made in order to present Smith's fiction as part of a continuum – Smith's style evolved as he grew older, and gained access to the commercial markets. The ebb and flow of his prose over the course of his lifetime can be charted via the five volumes of this series.

The Last Hieroglyph includes, in chronological order, all of his stories from "The Dark Age" to "The Dart of Rasasfa". This volume also features an introduction, and extensive notes on each story.

Contents:

  • Introduction by Richard A. Lupoff
  • A Note on the Texts
  • The Dark Age
  • The Death of Malygris
  • The Tomb-Spawn
  • The Witchcraft of Ulua
  • The Coming of the White Worm
  • The Seven Geases
  • The Chain of Aforgomon
  • The Primal City
  • Xeethra
  • The Last Hieroglyph
  • Necromancy in Naat
  • The Treader of the Dust
  • The Black Abbott of Puthuum
  • The Death of Ilalotha
  • Mother of Toads
  • The Garden of Adompha
  • The Great God Awto
  • Strange Shadows
  • The Enchantress of Sylaire
  • Double Cosmos
  • Nemesis of the Unfinished
  • The Master of the Crabs
  • Morthylla
  • Schizoid Creator
  • Monsters in the Night
  • Phoenix
  • The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles
  • Symposium of the Gorgon
  • The Dart of Rasasfa
(updated 2015-01-27)

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