A collection of poems from Weird Tales by Clark Ashton Smith.
When the history of fantasy and horror fiction is being discussed, the pulp magazine Weird Tales is inevitably mentioned. Published on low-grade "pulp" paper, Weird Tales was the first newsstand magazine devoted exclusively to weird and fantastic fiction. It ran for 279 issues, from March 1923 to September 1954.
The three most important and influential writers to have their work published in the title were Rhode Island horror writer H.P. Lovecraft; the Texan creator of Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard; and the California poet, short story writer, illustrator and sculptor, Clark Ashton Smith.
"The Complete Poems from Weird Tales" series collects their verse in the order that it originally appeared in the pages of "The Unique Magazine".
SONG OF THE NECROMANCER - CLARK ASHTON SMITH
"CLARK ASHTON SMITH (1893-1961) was a poet, short story
writer, illustrator and sculptor. One of the "big three" authors to
appear in the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales – alongside H.P.
Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard – his fiction and artwork was published in a
wide variety of magazines, anthologies and collections. For most of his
sixty-eight years, Smith lived in a small cabin in the woods near
Auburn, California, and during his lifetime he published nearly twice as
many books of poetry than he did short stories."
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.