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Tales of Science and Sorcery

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Ghoulish tales of weird fantasy and sheer horror by the master of the macabre

A universe of remote and paralysing fright - jungles of poisonous and iridescent blossoms, evil and grotesque temples in forgotten elder worlds, and dark morasses of spotted death-fungi in spectral countries beyond earth's rim. Smith's stories deal powerfully with other galaxies, worlds and dimens
223 pages
Published 1976 by Panther Books Limited (first published 1964)
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Christopher Riley
There's a couple of tales from Averoigne, my favourite of Smith's fictional settings, here including the excellent The Maker of Gargoyles. Trips also to Zothique and Hyperborea, so this volume could well serve as a good introduction to his worlds.
I've been reading Smith via the Panther Books series from the 70s and I think that's them all read now.
This collection arguably offers the most insight into Smith's character as a couple of the tales, Seedling of Mars & The Great God Awto, come clos
Roddy Williams

‘A universe of remote and paralysing fright – jungles of poisonous and iridescent blossoms on the moons of Saturn, evil and grotesque temples in forgotten elder world and dark morasses of spotted death-fungi in spectral countries beyond earth’s rim. Who else has seen such gorgeous luxuriant and feverishly distorted visions and lived to tell the tale?’ – HP Lovecraft’
The Blurb to the Panther 1976 edition

Although this c
This book is the first book I've read in quite a number of years that actually gave me nightmares. I never really read many horror stories, while I like good ghost stories they tend to be of the Victorian or Edwardian variety so in some ways I found this to be quite disturbing. Men who were about to die living out their last moments, what was nice about these stories was that they seemed equally believable and disturbing whether they were set in a futuristic scifi colony on another planet, or se ...more
The first collection of Clark Ashton Smith tales I ever read, and although other volumes by him may contain more of his finest tales, this tome will always hold a special place in my heart. And in fairness, there's more than a few bona fide CAS classics in here too - the gothic horrors of The Tomb Spawn, the decadence of Morthylla, the medieval dark of the Maker of Gargoyles and the mythological comedy of Symposium of the Gorgon. Unlike many of this other collections which often comprise of tale ...more
Mike Schau
Mostly good stories, some gems, very very stylish and erudite writing. In other words, big obscure words.
Zantaeus Glom
A veritable cornucopia of phantasmagorical delights from the erudite imaginarium of Clark Ashton Smith. 'Tales of Science and Sorcery' would act as a suitably gonzoid primer for those fortunate souls who are about to take their initial plunge into the heady realms of this unparalleled master of comic weird fiction. This represents an excellent cross-section of his work from Gothic horror to pan-galactic strangeness. Essential!
Like I've said before, I always wanted to like Smith better than I do. There's good stuff here, very atomspheric. I would prefer more adventure.
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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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