Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter, and author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction short stories. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne.
As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics (alongside Ambrose Bierce, Joaquin Miller, Sterling, Nora... [click here for more]
SLAVE AND SLAVER! Condemned to death, the barbarian hero Valzar was thrown into the sea, along with his bond-slave Lynor. The peace of the slavemasters had returned to the lands of the north...or so it seemed. But the slavemasters reckoned not the gods of chance, those frivolous supernatural beings who delight in fouling the plans of men. And more important, they reckoned not the magic of the ancient... [click here for more]