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Genius Loci and Other Tales by Clark Ashton Smith
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Jun 05, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 05 to July 05, 2012

reprint of an Arkham House edition, this is a collection of tales from various worlds CAS imagined. his language is archaic and ornate, his descriptions so detailed you can see the settings come to life right off the page. a natural successor to Lovecraft, but his morbid imagination is all his own, and he excels especially at portraying the decadence and decay of civilizations and characters that have lived too long beyond their time. an acquired taste, perhaps, but he's worth acquiring.

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