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The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith: The End Of The Story: 1 [Kindle Edition]

Clark Ashton Smith
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Published in chronological order, with extensive story and bibliographic notes, this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years, but gives them a historical and social context. Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive “preferred text” for Smith's entire body of work. This first volume of the series, brings together 25 of his fantasy stories, written between 1925 and 1930, including such classics as "The Abominations of Yondo," "The Monster of the Prophecy," "The Last Incantation" and the title story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1597800287
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00725WJLY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Please note that this is a short review/essay about all the volumes in this series.

I was asked to write a short review of The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith: Volumes 1-5. This review is more of a short essay about these books and an introduction to the works of Clark Ashton Smith rather than an actual review about them.

Clark Ashton Smith probably needs no introduction to readers who are familiar with weird fiction, dark fantasy and horror. He's one of the best short story writers ever published, because he wrote beautiful and morbid prose, and his stories range all the way from fantasy to horror. His stories - along with the stories written by H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Algernon Blackwood and William Hope Hodgson - have become the cornerstones of weird fiction, dark fantasy and horror. Modern weird fiction and horror genres owe a huge debt to these old stories.

Although Clark Ashton Smith is a well known and highly respected author among readers of weird fiction and dark fantasy, he's unfortunately less known among readers who tend to read epic fantasy and modern dark fantasy/horror. This is a shame, because his stories contain beautiful, detailed and decadent prose (he had a unique eye for details and words).

It may be a bit difficult to find The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith: Volumes 1-5 now, because - if I'm not mistaken - they're currently out-of-print and haven't been republished. Fortunately certain volumes can still be found from second-hand bookshops and online bookshops.

Scott Connors and Ron Hilger have done an impressive job by gathering all the fantasy, science fiction and horror stories of Clark Ashton Smith into these five volumes. The stories in these volumes appeared in Weird Tales.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection 16 Aug. 2009
By Manly Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This book is volume 1 of a 5 volume collection of the complete weird tales of Clark Ashton Smith. Its a great compilation of work, re-edited to create the author's preferred version of the text. There are endnotes in relation to the stories setting out commentary and alternate versions.

All the tales are short stories, from just a few pages long to the more usual 30-odd page length. Some are Averoigne tales, most are not, all are superb. The collection covers all of what would today be called science fiction - even "hard" science fiction - fantasy, and horror.

Its not a cheap book, but it is beautifully presented and the work of a master.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much as I like and admire CAS... 12 Feb. 2014
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I don't think these books are good enough.I find myself being drawn to typographical errors that are shameful in what was a collection I have dreamed of for years,and should have been the pinnacle examples of the work of CAS,a writer matched only by Lovecraft,and far superior to Two Gun Bob(Robert E.Howard,see the Lovecraft letters,Arkham House.)All in all,disapointed in the quality of these expensive to get the Penguin collection,ed.S.TJoshi.Anyone interested should also buy this,as Penguin may release another volume,if sales are good enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable: Smith's fantasies restored to their full splendor 15 Aug. 2007
By James Rockhill - Published on
As established here and reinforced by the second volume, all five books in this series are essential to anyone interested in Smith's work and literate fantasy as a whole. Connors and Hilger have followed earlier textual studies by Donald Sidney-Fryer, Steve Behrends, and others with extensive studies of their own to restore as much of the glory to Smith's texts as is currently possible - and what glory! Smith is one of the few fantasists capable not only of creating multiple fantasy cultures, but with investing each of those worlds with its own distinct atmosphere, tone, and use of language. Many earlier versions of these texts toned down the richness, eroticism, and grotesquerie of these stories in order to appeal to what Smith's editors deemed was acceptable to the lowest-common-denominator among its readership. Scores of deletions, simplifications, bowdlerizations, and other alterations which have served to remove the sheen from these works have here been corrected through painstaking attention to all available manuscripts and correpondence. Here, at long last, is Smith in all his mordant, coruscating splendor. If one considers all of this, along with intelligent introductory material; alternate endings; unpedantic notes to each story detailing its composition, publication history, and its place within the larger context of Smith's work; as well as Jason Van Hollander's inspired integration of Smith and his sculptures into the macabre and affectionate cover art; Night Shade and these editors have presented to all lovers of fantasy an edition of the master's prose fiction which will serve as the benchmark for many years to come.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smith at last 19 April 2007
By Philippe Gindre - Published on
What happened to Lovecraft with S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, or to Robert E. Howard with Patrice Louinet, has just happened to Clark Ashton Smith. Two long devoted scholars, Scott Connors and Ron Hilger, have spent years editing this definitive edition of the collected tales and short stories (some of them being in fact extended prose poems of an incredibly bewitching quality as the CAS scholar Donald Sidney-Fryer has often pointed out) of Clark Ashton Smith. This is what any serious CAS fan has been waiting for.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Volume of the Ultimate Smith Collection 8 April 2007
By Stanley C. Sargent - Published on
One cannot imagine a better representation of the fantastic fiction of the late Clark Ashton Smith than that to be found in this and the forthcoming volumes in this collection. Connors and Hilger have tirelessly restored Smith's stories to their original form after comparing the texts of holographic manuscripts, published versions, and even bits and pieces from Smith's personal correspondence. The stories are being published herein in chronological order with notes for each tale and more (including an alternate ending for one tale that was deemed too "racy" at the time it was written).

The sturdy and handsome library binding, excellent typesetting, and beautiful dustcover top off this first of what cannot help but be the definitive Smith collection.

Fans of Smith's fantasmagorical tales, this collection tops all others.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reprint 14 Mar. 2011
By Reprint - Published on
Resellers on the secondhand market are currently trying to get outrages prices for this out-of-print book. According to editor Scott Connors this book will see a reprint soon so do not throw your money away folks. Keeps your eye out for the reprint so this time you can get a copy before the scumbag resellers buy them all up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Table of Contents 12 Jan. 2013
By DangerousBlossom - Published on
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I previously said:
"I would give the hard cover versions of the Collected Fantasies five stars, but was very disappointed with the Kindle versions. None have a Table of Contents. There was a particular story I wanted to re-read but I couldn't remember which volume it was in. I was shocked that the Kindle versions don't list the stories at the beginning of the books. Sure, one could do a search, but try remembering the spelling of some of the proper names!"

However, the books now have a regular interactive table of contents just as Kindle books should. I am not sure if the publisher put them in and they appeared because of an auto-update or if they did not appear in my old Kindle because it was a now discontinued model. The old Kindle broke when run over so I can't check. The old Kindle did show the TOCs of other Kindle books. Anyway, I have changed my review to 5 stars and highly recommend all the Collected Fantasies volumes.

The Kindle versions are very reasonably priced and allow you to read a LOT of GREAT stories by an amazing writer.
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