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Clark Ashton Smith wrote five stories in his Atlantis (or more accurately Poseidonis "the last isle of floundering Atlantis") cycle, two of which are performed in this audiobook: the first story in the cycle "The Last Incantation" and the last story in the cycle "The Death of Malygris" both of which star the necromancer Malygris.
In "The Last Incantation" Malygris uses his necromancy to bring back from the dead his lost love Nylissa, but as we know from "The Monkey's Paw" you can't bring back from the grave loved ones and expect them to be the same. However, unlike "The Monkey's Paw," this story gives a very profound and meaningful reason why the object of lost love can not return as it was.
In "The Death of Malygris" the powerful necromancer resurrects his own self. Or does he?
The narrative performance by Jim Gallant is truly remarkable and probably his best performance in all the Ziggurat productions. His narration of the "demonian viper that dwelt in the head of the unicorn" captures perfectly the "low but singularly penetrating hiss" described in the story "The Last Incantation" and his multiple character voices of the different sorcerers in "The Death of Malygris" are suitably varied and wonderful.