The Last Hieroglyph is the fifth of the five-volume Collected Fantasies series. Editors Scott Connors and Ron Hilger have compared original manuscripts, various typescripts, published editions, and Smith's notes and letters, in order to prepare a definitive set of texts.
The Last Hieroglyph includes, in chronological order, all of Clark Ashton Smith's stories from "The Dark Age" to "The Dart of Rasasfa".
The fifth and final volume of definitive versions of Clark Ashton Smith’s dark fantasy and horror stories anthologizes the 29 published prior to his death, including "The Death of Malygirs", "The Tomb-Spawn", "The Last Hieroglyph", "The Threader of the Dust", and "The Black Abbott of Pthuum". The extensive notes, scholarship, and, of course, Smith’s writing itself are performed by different actors, whose individual contributions combine to create layers of appreciation for this master of speculative fiction, the third member of the Weird Tales unholy horror trinity - the other two being H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.
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