Young Clark, c. 1911

Clark Ashton Smith

Hailed as "The New Keats" by the San Francisco press, he drew the serious attention of Ambrose Bierce, George Sterling and Jack London when his first poems were first published in 1911. Despite this early literary success and the fact that he lived a mere hundred miles from the vibrant metropolis, he chose a quiet, solitary life in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. There he would pass his years in relative obscurity, though he gained some small fame as a key contributor to the legendary Weird Tales pulp magazine in the early 1930s. From his cabin on Boulder Ridge, Clark Ashton Smith evoked distant times on earth -- such as Poseidonis and Hyperborea of the past and Zothique of the far future -- and conjured up new worlds with a magical melding of science fiction with fantasy and prose with poetry.

Photo: Clark Ashton Smith, c. 1911
Courtesy Bancroft Library, UC-Berkeley

Clark Ashton Smith: The Sorcerer of Auburn
A biography and brief overview of his work by Alan Gullette.

A Selected Bibliography
Separate publications by and about Smith, by Alan Gullette.

Publishing News!

The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith
Edited by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger
Night Shade Books 2007-2010

Lost Worlds: The Journal of Clark Ashton Smith Studies
Edited by Scott Connors.
Seele Brennt Publications 2004+

The Sword Of Zagan And Other Writings
By Clark Ashton Smith
Edited by Dr. W. C. Farmer, Introduction by S. T. Joshi.
Hippocampus Press 2004

The Maker of Gargoyles and Other Stories
by Clark Ashton Smith
Wildside Press 2004

The Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith
Edited and Annotated with Introduction by David E. Schultz and Scott Connors.
Arkham House 2003

The Double Shadow
By Clark Ashton Smith
Wildside Press 2003, 1st, hardcover, 106 pages.
The Last Oblivion: Best Fantastic Poems of Clark Ashton Smith
Edited with Introduction by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz.
Hippocampus Press 2002

Smith and Sterling 1911

Smith visiting Sterling in Carmel, 1911. (105k)
Smith portrait

Portrait by Natalae Bixby Porter, 1946.

Other Clark Ashton Smith Websites





Critical Studies

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First posted: July 27, 1996.
Last updated: January 13, 2011.

Selected Authors of Supernatural Horror

Ambrose Bierce H.P. Lovecraft Edgar A. Poe
Algernon Blackwood Arthur Machen M. P. Shiel
Lord Dunsany Fitz-James O'Brien Clark Ashton Smith
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