Silver Key Press

Silver Key Press is the anglophone imprint of the French non-profit small press La Clef d'Argent specializing in weird fiction, fantastique, fantasy and science fiction.

It was named as an explicit homage to H. P. Lovecraft, referring to the short-story «The Silver Key» he wrote in 1926.

Since 1987, La Clef d'Argent has published contemporary stories (Jean-Pierre Andrevon, Jonas Lenn) and essays (S.T. Joshi, Lionel Dupuy), classic English-language stories in French translation (Clark Ashton Smith, George Sylvester Viereck) and long-forgotten stories from French masters of the genre (Édouard Ganche, Charles de Coynart, Théo Varlet, Gabriel de Lautrec).

La Clef d'Argent now publishes books in English under the imprint Silver Key Press, in Esperanto, as La Arĝenta Ŝlosilo, and in Spanish, as La Llave de Plata.

English books published by Silver Key Press

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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."

Donald Sidney-Fryer

Donald Sidney-Fryer (born September 8, 1934) is a poet and entertainer principally influenced by Edmund Spenser and Clark Ashton Smith.

Born and raised in the Atlantic coastal community of New Bedford, Massachusetts, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 1953. While in the Marines, he first became enamored of "imaginative literature" and began to compile A Checklist of the Ballet Scores of Cesare Pugni, eventually published in 1961 as Vol. VIII of Enciclopedia dello Spettacolo. Following his honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant in August 1956, he moved to California, where he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles; during this period, he engaged in the concomitant study of classical ballet, working under David Lichine and Tatiana Riaboushinska for a year. In 1958 and 1959, he visited Smith's home in Monterey, California; during these two excursions, Smith introduced him to the oeuvre of George Sterling. After graduating from UCLA in January 1961 with a B.A. in French and the death of Smith in August of that year, Sidney-Freyer commenced work on the poetry that would eventually comprise Songs and Sonnets Atlantean (1971) and The Emperor of Dreams (1976), a bibliography of Smith completed in 1965. From 1965 to 1971, he edited three volumes of Smith's work for Arkham House, a task he would reprise for Pocket Books a decade later.

In 1969, he married Gloria Kathleen Braly, and started giving dramatic readings shortly thereafter at universities and other institutions, almost always incorporating material by Smith and Spenser. His poetry has continued to appear in a variety of weird fiction and speculative poetry-oriented journals.

Sidney-Fryer's verse is marked by a strong imagination, and a Francophilic focus. He is a strong believer in "pure poetry," and practices formalist verse, having developing his own specific poetic form: the Spenserian stanza-sonnet.

He remains a prolific historian of 19th century ballet, and is an expert on the ballet theatre of the romantic era.

List of science fiction publishers

This is a list of science fiction publishers, publishers of science fiction, SF studies, speculative fiction, fantasy literature, and related genres.


Abelard Science Fiction

Ace Books


Aqueduct Press

Arkham House

Avalon Science FictionB

Badger Books

Baen Books

Baen Ebooks, formerly Webscriptions

Ballantine Books

Bantam Spectra

Berkley Books

Bent Agency

Bison Books

Brick Cave MediaC

Canaveral Press


Cheap Street

Chimaera Publications

Cosmos BooksD

DAW Books

Dark Castle Publishing

Del Rey Books

Donald M. Grant

Dragon Moon Press


Double Dragon PublishingE

Eidolon Publications

Elastic Press

Elder Signs Press

Eos BooksF

Fandemonium Books

Fantasy Press

Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc.

Fedogan & Bremer


Flame Tree PublishingG

Gnome Press

Golden Gryphon Press

Gorgon Press


Grant-Hadley Enterprises


Gregg Press

Griffin Publishing CompanyH

Hadley Rille Books

Harper Prism


ISFiC PressJ

John Hunt Publishing

Jurassic LondonK

Kayelle PressL

Lore Lush PublishingM

Mark V. Ziesing

Meisha Merlin Publishing

Mojo PressN

Necronomicon Press

Necropolitan Press


New Collector's Group

Newcastle Publishing Company

New Era


Night Shade Books

Norilana BooksO

Orb Books

Orb Publications

Orbit BooksP

Palliard Press

Panther Books

Parvus Press

Phantasia Press

Phoenix Pick

Prime Books

Prime Press

PS Publishing

Pulphouse Publishing


Rainfall BooksS

St. Martin's Press

Shasta Publishers

Silver Key Press

Small Beer Press

Sphere Books

Subterranean PressT

Tachyon Publications

Ticonderoga Publications

Timescape Books

Tor Books



Victor Gollancz LtdW

Wheatland Press

Wildside Press

Winston Science Fiction

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