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Lost Worlds: Volume 2: Atlantis, Hyperborea, Xiccarph and Others

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Explore the most eerie lands in adult fantasy - The Lost Worlds of Clark Ashton Smith

None strike the note of cosmic horror so well as Clark Ashton Smith...who else has seen such gorgeous, luxuriant, and feverishly distorted visions of infinite spheres and multiple dimensions and lived to tell the tale?...In sheer daemonic strangeness he is unexcelled - H.P. Lovecraft

Paperback, 188 pages
Published June 13th 1974 by Panther Books Limited (first published 1974)
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Zantaeus Glom
Yet again, I have been utterly enthralled by the pyrotechnic, linguistic mastery of Clark Ashton Smith. But I shall leave it to the master himself to elucidate the heady experience of his wildly iridescent prose.

'The user seems to be living and moving at a furious whirlwind rate - even though he may in reality be lying quiescent on a couch. He exists in a headlong torrent of sense-impressions, and seems, in a few minutes, to undergo the experience of years.' 'The Plutonium Drug Clark Ashton Smit
Great collection of stories from a real master. The blackly humorous story "The Seven Geases", featuring the god Tsathoggua who became part of the Cthulhu Mythos pantheon, is one of my favourites. "The Planet of the Dead," about the last days of a dying civilisation, is strangely touching.
David Spencer
I liked the first Lost Worlds volume a bit better, but this is still some absolutely solid weird fiction across fantasy, sci-fi and horror. "The Gorgon" is enchanting, never quite revealing even as Medusa is never quite revealed, even in the direct description...the "so close, but so far" is really brilliantly captured. And the time drug that predicts the guy's death was amusing, but had my mind spinning with "what if" realities where a person chooses differently under even mundane circumstances ...more
Clark Ashton Smith is a great exponent and pioneer of the crossover genres of sci-fi, horror and fantasy. If you are fascinated by the dark and macabre, I highly recommend him.

Considering he wrote during the 1930's, his prose doesn't feel dated. His stories are eloquently written, flow well and are easy to read.

I would describe his genre as more akin to cosmic horror ... Many stories relate to alternate realities, and other dimensions where fantastic creatures both alien and horrifying enter our
Mar 04, 2011 Clint rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I would like to have given this 4 or 5 stars, and if this were based on description and imagination alone I definitely would, but the plots and action in this collection are pretty substandard. But for crazy-ass, delerious imagination and a descriptive power of mysterious, evil shit that rivals Lovecraft's, this book is a complete winner.
Apr 16, 2011 Ken rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
A few of the short stories are great, all are interesting. Smith is definitely a kindred spirit to Lovecraft, only his protagonists often die. The Seven Geases was fun to read to discover what the reference to Mount Voormithdadreth from Deities & Demigods is all about. The Tale of Satampra Zeiros and the Gorgon were riveting.
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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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