The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies

The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies

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Overview

A much-awaited collection of prose and poetry from one of the great cosmic masters of the supernatural

Not just any fantasy, horror, and science fiction author could impress H. P. Lovecraft into calling him “unexcelled by any other writer, dead or living” or compel Fritz Lieber to employ the worthy term sui generis. Clark Ashton Smith—autodidact, prolific poet, amateur philosopher, bizarre sculptor, and unmatched storyteller—simply wrote like no one else, before or since. This new collection of his very best tales and poems is selected and introduced by supernatural literature scholar S. T. Joshi and allows readers to encounter Smith’s visionary brand of fantastical, phantasmagorical worlds, each one filled with invention, terror, and a superlative sense of metaphysical wonder.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143107385
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 212,861
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clark Ashton Smith (1893–1961) was a poet, an artist, and the author of more than a hundred tales of fantasy and horror. He was a member of the famous “Lovecraft circle” and was a major contributor to Weird Tales, along with Robert E. Howard and Lovecraft himself.

S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited several Penguin Classics volumes, including The Call of CthulhuThe White People and Other Weird Stories, and American Supernatural Tales.

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