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Lost Worlds: Volume 1: Zothique, Averoigne 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, 205 pages
Published May 16th 1974 by Panther Books Limited (first published 1974)
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David Spencer
I'm going to make it a lifetime goal to read everything Clark Ashton Smith put to paper.
May 01, 2014 Joseph rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Some of the stories in this volume are absolutely fantastic, mostly those set in Zothique and Averoigne. I found the assorted stories not set in these worlds to be a lot less interesting. Smith's prose is always fantastic, in both senses of the word, ornate without losing sight of being easy to comprehend. I find most stories I encounter a new word or two, and I imagine I am not alone in this. Even so, his prose isn't as convoluted as Lovecraft's can sometimes get, and usually the story is easy...more
Zantaeus Glom
'Lost Worlds: Volume 1 is yet another magnificent collection of Clark Ashton Smith, and without wishing to plagiarize master Lovecraft, I must concur, that C.A.S is a true virtuoso of far-flung, transmutive, cosmic horror; where impossible worlds are made horrifyingly lucid by his bold, artful wordplay. Alongside the equally mesmeric, and tremulously phantasmagorical work of J.G Ballard and Michael Moorcock, C.A.S is also an exemplar for concocting wholly immersing and deeply-felt, mondo-weirdo...more
Roddy Williams
Smith’s mixture of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction is maybe an acquired taste, although I always found him highly addictive. Very much in the HP Lovecraft school of writing, his work features Elder Gods, ‘Things’ creeping into our world from the beyond and Far Future Earths of wasted deserts in which Necropoli turn up with alarming regularity.
In this volume the stories are split into three sections:

Zothique (being Smith’s world of the far future: Necromancers, plagues, kidnapped princesses...more
Christopher Riley
In this collection there are four stories from the terrifyingly messed up happenings in the lands of Zothique where the worst things imaginable happen arbitrarily to various unsuspecting characters.

There are couple of tales from Averoigne, which I also enjoy reading about - the imaginative, mediaeval French landscape plagued by vampires and lamias.

This collection's happiest surprises are in the miscellaneous tales at the end of the collection. The Hunters from Beyond and The Treader of the Dust...more
Les Howie
I read these books (including this edition) as a teenager in the 70s, and they set my taste in fantasy for some time afterwards. No generic Tolkien knockoffs, but dark and (for a young person) fascinating journeys into a darker world. Good fun; I must pick them up if I run into any of them again.
Jul 02, 2010 Ken rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
These stories remind me why I like science fiction / fantasy in the first place. There are lots of genres in this one volume; science fiction with a time machine that actually works better as a spaceship in an obvious homage to H.G. Wells, dark fantasy in an apocalyptic future, straight out horror, and more standard fantasy in medieval France.
Purchased complete tales of CAS on kindle for $3. Alphabetical table of contents allows you to read the stories in any order. Check out Wikipedia for the tables of contents of other anthologies and you can thereby read all the stories of the averoigne cycle, Zothique cycle, etc. Awesomeness.
Ian George
I gave this only 4 stars because I have to re-read and remember! I read a lot of his work when younger and remember the cover on this one! Must get it again!
Andrew Hennessey
gothic and ancient horror that really uses language
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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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