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The Ultimate Weird Tales Collection - 133 stories - Clark Ashton Smith (Trilogus Classics)

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133 Weird Tales-era works of horror, science fiction and fantasy have been gathered here into one volume, all written by Clark Ashton Smith, who was the third member of the literary circle that included authors Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. Excluding only fragmentary notes, excerpts and synopses he never finished during his lifetime, this is perhaps the largest sing...more
Kindle Edition, 1698 pages
Published January 17th 2011 (first published January 12th 2011)
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Heidi Ward
I won't even pretend to have read all 133 stories in this collection, but I did read perhaps 33 -- enough that it started to feel repetitive. A small number were quite good, and a few will stick with me, because some of Clark Ashton Smith's ideas are just that weird and decadent. A vengeful dwarfish necromancer unleashes a colossal version of himself made from hundreds of reanimated corpses. An ancient statue of Venus is unearthed at a Benedictine monastery, and her sensual pagan power corrupts...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
Massive collection of stories from a writer who is unique, but not particularly good. An awesome value, but the stories are even more repetitive than HP Lovecraft.

Clark Ashton Smith writes weird tales of science fiction and fantasy, but what is unique is the air of decadence that tends to waft through his work. It's most apparent in his sword and sorcery fiction, but even his science fiction and his mundane tales have it. His tales tend to fall into types though, and maybe illustrating one might...more
Ronald
Clark Ashton Smith was one of the prominent writers of Weird Tales magazine. Clark Ashton Smith is not as well known as his friends and fellow writers H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, but he should be. Clark Ashton Smith was an excellent prose stylist and his best stories are highly imaginative.

This is a complete collection of his stories. While many were good to great, I found others to be minor. The main reason this gets a four star rating is that there are some typographical errors in th...more
Brendan
Plugging a hole in my knowledge of weird fiction. I kind of doubt I'll get through all 133 stories in the collection. At this point, I've read three. So far so good!

So, yeah, it turns out 133 is just too many for me to digest, so having read 30 or so, I'm calling it quits for now. But I really enjoyed the stories I read--very imaginative, very action-packed, and way less racist than I feared from a pulp writer working in the 30's.
Andy
Big collection of short stories, with formatting issues & mispellings scattered throughout the entire collection.
overall theme of stories is early fantasy, horror and romance, with slight sharing of cthulhu mythos. Stories in collection taking place in: pre-history/alien planets/alternate dimensions/modern-day/middle east/middle ages europe. Overall a good read.
Amy Wolf
Still really like Clark Ashton. His "weird tales" are always infused with creepiness, as with sentient plants & mysterious portals to other worlds. He has a bit of a Latinate style, but definitely worth reading. Beware The Goat With A Thousand Young!!
Michael J. Martens
CAS is my absolute favorite of the Weird Tales writers and I've read most of them!
Pearce Hansen
If you don't buy this for your Kindle you're missing out.
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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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