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A RENDEZVOUS IN AVEROIGNE

Smith, Clark Ashton

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ISBN 10: 0870541560 / ISBN 13: 9780870541568
Published by Arkham House, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: A RENDEZVOUS IN AVEROIGNE

Publisher: Arkham House

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Ed.

Book Type: Book

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From the vampire-cursed realm of medieval Averoigne to the time-ravaged spires of dying Zothique, the works of Clark Ashton Smith comprise a unique and imperishable legacy. A major pillar of Arkham house since 1942, Smith was a member of the Weird Tales triumvirate, including H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, who created a non-legendary golden age of American dark fantasy during the 1930s. Of these three authors, Clark Ashton Smith was the master literary sorcerer, presiding over a vast verbal apothecarium of piquant savors and precipitates. The author once defined fantastic literature as being "akin to sublime and exalted poetry, in its evocation of tremendous, non-anthropomorphic imageries," and the stories collected herein seem to defy the capacity of the English language to render sonorous rhythms, subtle shades and nuances of meaning, awesome conjurations of exoticism and mystery. In employing his prismatic prose to erect edifices of wonder, Smith became a seminal figure in the fictional presentation of alien cultures and influenced an entire generation of younger fantasists, including Ray Bradbury, Fritz Leiber, Theodore Sturgeon, and of course, Jack Vance. Return now to the realms of Clark Ashton Smith, where the sciences have been forgotten and the necromantic arts reborn, where decadent kings and malefic wizards stride through the ruins of a dim-lit landscape, where under the blackened moon and paling sun, the world grows old...

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In 1927, H. P. Lovecraft wrote about Clark Ashton Smith: "In sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception, Mr. Smith is perhaps unexcelled by any other writer dead or living. Who else has seen such gorgeous, luxuriant, and feverishly distorted visions of infinite spheres and multiple dimensions and lived to tell the tale?" If you relish horror or dark fantasy, and you have yet to discover Klarkash-Ton, you have a real treat in store. This beautifully produced Arkham House collection is a bejeweled corridor into the dark worlds of vampire-cursed Averoigne, Zothique of the dying sun, primordial Hyperborea (which, with its black, amorphous god Tsathoggua, is close in spirit to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos), and others. Smith is a consummate stylist whose evocations of lush exoticism and languid evil led critic Brian Stableford to call him "the poet of American Decadence," and yet his tales are also humorous--in a wry, macabre way. A Rendezvous in Averoigne collects 30 tales, with illustrations by J. K. Potter and an introduction by Ray Bradbury.

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