PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. THE BOOK WILL BE RELEASED IN SPRING 2017.
The friendship of Clark Ashton Smith and Howard Phillips Lovecraft began in letters in 1922 and progressed over the years as each became famous to the readers of Weird Tales and other pulps of the 1920s and '30s. It began with Lovecraft, having been shown a few of Smith's poems by another friend, writing to Smith, and it continued up to Lovecraft's death -- the manuscript of his poem, “To Clark Ashton Smith, Esq., upon His Fantastic Tales, Verses, Pictures, and Sculptures”, was found on HPL's desk, apparently the last non-letter item HPL ever wrote.
Lovecraft was attracted to Smith's poetic style, transmundane focus, and sardonic wit; Smith liked Lovecraft's sweeping vistas of time and space and his personal philosophy of what's been called “cosmic indifferentism”: the belief that humanity is no more significant in the universe than a grain of sand, a blade of grass, or a solar flare. HPL encouraged CAS to try his hand at fiction, and the two were soon passing drafts of stories back and forth for comment.
For the first time, both sides of the surviving correspondence between these two supremely significant figures in 20th century weird literature are presented, forming a literary “conversation” that ranges from topics of contemporary art and literature to the doings of the amateur press associations to which they both belonged; frank evaluations of each other’s literary (and in the case of Smith, graphic and sculptural) achievements, and surprising personal revelations unrivalled in other phases of their written output.
As in all previous volumes in the Collected Letters series, these letters have been meticulously edited by David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi, two of the leading authorities on Lovecraft and Smith. Rounding out the volume are appendices of writings by the two correspondents, shedding light on their relationship; an exhaustive bibliography; and a comprehensive index.
Epithets for Friends and Associates
[Review of Ebony and Crystal by Clark Ashton Smith]
From “Supernatural Horror in Literature”
Treader of Obscure Stars
The Tale of Macrocosmic Horror
The Boiling Point
Glossary of Frequently Mentioned Names