Published in chronological order, with extensive story and bibliographic notes, this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years, but gives them a historical and social context. Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's entire body of work. This third volume of the series brings together 21 of his fantasy stories.
In this, the third of five volumes of definitive versions of Clark Ashton Smith’s collected works, various performers inspire with their interpretations of Smith’s literary voice when creating worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. These edited and curated "preferred texts" are testimony to how underappreciated Smith’s talent is, even while recognizing his historic place as the third member of the Weird Tales unholy horror trinity, the other two being H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Smith’s appreciation for human sexuality, fondness for ribald humor, and strong female characters are all on display in these 21 mind-engaging, goose bump-inspiring short works.
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