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A Rendezvous in Averoigne

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  501 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Sauk City: Arkham House (first published January 1st 1988)
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Mark Singer
Jan 12, 2011 Mark Singer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone into weird fantasy
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I have been a fan of the fantastic fiction of Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) ever since I read his short story "The Uncharted Isle" when I was in my early teens. Smith, or CAS, is primarily remembered today, if at all, for his association with his literary pen-pal H P Lovecraft and the so-called Cthulhu Mythos. CAS was a master storyteller and wrote excellent weird fantasy and horror. In some respects, I even prefer his work to that of Lovecraft. In addition being a well-regarded poet, CAS was a ...more
It is amazing to me that more people aren't aware of/in love with Clark Ashton Smith's short stories. I'm amazed so few were adapted to other media (thank you, Richard Corben!) because I kept thinking about what great horror movies a lot of them would make. His command of the English language is impressive. I could expand my vocabulary two-fold by studying his writing. And his ideas are twisted and original. Not every one lands well, but even the ones that aren't great still have a very real WTF ...more
Brian Hollingsworth
This is a great collection of Clark Ashton Smith's short weird horror stories set in the eponymous region of France. The stories weave together a cohesive region of rural France forgotten by the 'modern' world of the 1930's... Indeed, many of the stories contained within are set in the Middle Ages and make excellent fairy tales.

In all a great read for just about anyone fond of myth, magic and weird horror.
Matt Kelland
I have a particular fondness for this book, because I'm the model for several of the illustrations.
Smith is better than Lovecraft. There. I said it. Don't believe me? Get your hands on this and see for yourself. It's a bit of a splurge, but it's worth it - or you could just borrow mine, if we're friends.
A man walks into some scary, evil woods. He says, "wow! These are some scary, evil woods." He meets a scary, evil wizard. He says, "wow! This is one scary, evil wizard." The wizard messes him up with some scary, evil magic. The man dies. The end.
A wonderful collecton of CAS tales; eerily illustrated with black and white photos by J. K. Potter; for these alone the books is worth the price.
Justin Howe
If you're going to have any CAS book, it should probably be this one. The Averoigne stories are great fun.
Read: A Rendezvous in Averoigne. Great vampire story set in France during the medieval period.
Jane Keller
Great Weird tales in the Lovecraft tradition.
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Clark Ashton Smith was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. It is for these stories, and his literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937, that he is mainly remembered today. With Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, also a friend and correspondent, Smith remains one of the most famous contributors to the pulp m ...more
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