Genius Loci and Other Tales

Genius Loci and Other Tales is a collection of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories by American writer Clark Ashton Smith. It was released in 1948 and was the author's third book published by Arkham House. It was released in an edition of 3,047 copies. The stories were written between 1930 and 1935.

The collection contains stories from Smith's major story cycles of Averoigne and Zothique.

Genius Loci and Other Tales
Genius loci
Jacket illustration by Frank Wakefield for Genius Loci and Other Tales by Clark Ashton Smith
AuthorClark Ashton Smith
Cover artistFrank Wakefield
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror, science fiction
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
1948
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages228

Contents

Genius Loci and Other Tales contains the following stories:

  • "Genius Loci"
  • "The Willow Landscape"
  • "The Ninth Skeleton"
  • "The Phantoms of the Fire"
  • "The Eternal World"
  • "Vulthoom"
  • "A Star-Change"
  • "The Primal City"
  • "The Disinterment of Venus"
  • "The Colossus of Ylourgne"
  • "The Satyr"
  • "The Garden of Adompha"
  • "The Charnel God"
  • "The Black Abbot of Puthuum"
  • "The Weaver in the Vault"

See also

Sources

  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. p. 34. ISBN 1-55742-005-X.
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 32.
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. pp. 49–50. ISBN 0-87054-176-5.
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 68. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.
1948 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1948.

Arkham House

Arkham House is an American publishing house specializing in weird fiction. It was founded in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1939 by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei to preserve in hardcover the best fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. The company's name is derived from Lovecraft's fictional New England city, Arkham. Arkham House editions are noted for the quality of their printing and binding. The colophon for Arkham House was designed by Frank Utpatel.

Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Joaquin Miller, Sterling, and Nora May French and remembered as "The Last of the Great Romantics" and "The Bard of Auburn". Smith's work was praised by his contemporaries. H. P. Lovecraft stated that "in sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception, Clark Ashton Smith is perhaps unexcelled", and Ray Bradbury said that Smith "filled my mind with incredible worlds, impossibly beautiful cities, and still more fantastic creatures".Smith was one of "the big three of Weird Tales, with Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft", but some readers objected to his morbidness and violation of pulp traditions. The fantasy critic L. Sprague de Camp said of him that "nobody since Poe has so loved a well-rotted corpse." Smith was a member of the Lovecraft circle and his literary friendship with Lovecraft lasted from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937. His work is marked by an extraordinarily rich and ornate vocabulary, a cosmic perspective and a vein of sardonic and sometimes ribald humor.

Of his writing style, Smith stated: "My own conscious ideal has been to delude the reader into accepting an impossibility, or series of impossibilities, by means of a sort of verbal black magic, in the achievement of which I make use of prose-rhythm, metaphor, simile, tone-color, counter-point, and other stylistic resources, like a sort of incantation."

Clark Ashton Smith bibliography

The following is a list of works by Clark Ashton Smith.

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