The Maker Of Gargoyles And Other Stories

The Maker of Gargoyles and Other Stories PDF
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1434446107
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 154
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Clark Ashton Smith was a prodigy, who wrote Arabian Nights novels in his mid-teens and was heralded as a major voice in American poetry by the time he was nineteen. In one frantic burst in the middle 1930s, he wrote nearly a hundred strange, wondrous, and grotesque stories, most of which were published in Weird Tales, Strange Tales, Wonder Stories, and other pulps, but he was by no means a conventional pulp writer. Think of the visions his stories conjure up as sendings, written in strange runes, transported from the sorcerer's lair by indescribable genii or winged spirits.

The Collected Fantasies Of Clark Ashton Smith A Vintage From Atlantis

The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith  A Vintage From Atlantis PDF
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: Start Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1597803642
Size: 46.40 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 300
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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 third volume of the series brings together 21 of his fantasy stories.

The Averoigne Archives

The Averoigne Archives PDF
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: Pickman's Press
ISBN: 0998938955
Size: 26.90 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 120
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ENTER THE HAUNTED LAND OF AVEROIGNE Collected into one volume are all of Clark Ashton Smith's short stories of Averoigne, the sinister, monster-haunted province of medieval France. Werewolves and satyrs stalk the dark forests, witches and necromancers lurk in the swamps, and gargoyles and giants terrorize the cathedral city of Vyônes in the heart of Averoigne. Even the holy Abbey of Périgon is defiled by cursed statues and demons from the stars. Come, explore the mysteries of Averoigne... if you dare. Includes these stories by Clark Ashton Smith: Mother of Toads The Maker of Gargoyles The Holiness of Azédarac A Night in Malnéant The Colossus of Ylourgne The Enchantress of Sylaire The Beast of Averoigne The Mandrakes A Rendezvous in Averoigne The Disinterment of Venus The Satyr The End of the Story Averoigne (poem) ...and a map of Averoigne by Tim Kirk!

The Gargoyles Of Notre Dame

The Gargoyles of Notre Dame PDF
Author: Michael Camille
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226092461
Size: 43.32 MB
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Category : Art
Languages : en
Pages : 488
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Most of the seven million people who visit the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris each year probably do not realize that the legendary gargoyles adorning this medieval masterpiece were not constructed until the nineteenth century. The first comprehensive history of these world-famous monsters, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame argues that they transformed the iconic thirteenth-century cathedral into a modern monument. Michael Camille begins his long-awaited study by recounting architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s ambitious restoration of the structure from 1843 to 1864, when the gargoyles were designed, sculpted by the little-known Victor Pyanet, and installed. These gargoyles, Camille contends, were not mere avatars of the Middle Ages, but rather fresh creations—symbolizing an imagined past—whose modernity lay precisely in their nostalgia. He goes on to map the critical reception and many-layered afterlives of these chimeras, notably in the works of such artists and writers as Charles Méryon, Victor Hugo, and photographer Henri Le Secq. Tracing their eventual evolution into icons of high kitsch, Camille ultimately locates the gargoyles’ place in the twentieth-century imagination, exploring interpretations by everyone from Winslow Homer to the Walt Disney Company. Lavishly illustrated with more than three hundred images of its monumental yet whimsical subjects, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame is a must-read for historians of art and architecture and anyone whose imagination has been sparked by the lovable monsters gazing out over Paris from one of the world’s most renowned vantage points.

Weird Tales 325

Weird Tales  325 PDF
Author: Darrell Schweitzer
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1434437825
Size: 57.32 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 64
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Weird Tales #325 (Fall 2001) features "From Out of the Crocodile's Mouth," by Darrell Schweitzer; "The Gravedigger's Apprentice," by Alvin Helms; "Our Temporary Supervisor," by Thomas Ligotti; "Where All Things Perish," by Tanith Lee; "The Wizard of Ashes and Rain," by David Sandner, and more.

Master Of The Asteroid

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Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: eStar Books
ISBN: 1612104126
Size: 54.71 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
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The Selenite was one of the first space vessels the fate of its astronauts and the mysterious asteroid they landed on was a strange tale...excerptMan's conquest of the interplanetary gulfs has been fraught with many tragedies. Vessel after vessel, like venturous motes, disappeared in the infinite - and had not returned. Inevitably, for the most part, the lost explorers have left no record of their fate. Their ships have flared as unknown meteors through the atmosphere of the further planets, to fall like shapeless metal cinders on a never-visited terrain; or have become the dead, frozen satellites of other worlds or moons. A few, perhaps, among the unreturning fliers, have succeeded in landing somewhere, and their crews have perished immediately, or survived for a little while amid the inconceivably hostile environment of a cosmos not designed for men.In later years, with the progress of exploration, more than one of the early derelicts has been descried, following a solitary orbit; and the wrecks of others have been found on ultraterrene shores. Occasionally - not often - it has been possible to reconstruct the details of the lone, remote disaster. Sometimes, in a fused and twisted hull, a log or record has been preserved intact. Among others, there is the case of the Selenite, the first known rocket ship to dare the zone of the asteroids.At the time of its disappearance, fifty years ago, in 1980, a dozen voyages had been made to Mars, and a rocket base had been established in Syrtis Major, with a small permanent colony of terrestrials, all of whom were trained scientists as well as men of uncommon hardihood and physical stamina.The effects of the Martian climate, and the utter alienation from familiar conditions, as might have been expected, were extremely trying and even disastrous. There was an unremitting struggle with deadly or pestiferous bacteria new to science, a perpetual assailment by dangerous radiations of soil, and air and sun. The lessened gravity played its part also, in contributing to curious and profound disturbances of metabolism.

The Immortals Of Mercury

The Immortals of Mercury PDF
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: eStar Books
ISBN: 1612101879
Size: 62.18 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 24
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Clark Howards descent into the cave systems of Mercury, where perils abound from crevasses to local "residents"

Permanence And Change

Permanence and Change PDF
Author: Kenneth Burke
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520041448
Size: 49.44 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 336
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The Ninth Skeleton

The Ninth Skeleton PDF
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: eStar Books
ISBN: 1612104150
Size: 62.15 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
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A walk into the woods leads to a terrifying discovery... (note very short story)ExcerptIt was beneath the immaculate blue of a morning in April that I set out to keep my appointment with Guenevere. We had agreed to meet on Boulder Ridge, at a spot well known to both of us, a small and circular field surrounded with pines and full of large stones, midway between her parents' home at Newcastle and my cabin on the north-eastern extremity of the Ridge, near Auburn.Guenevere is my fianc e. It must be explained that at the time of which I write, there was a certain amount of opposition on the part of her parents to the engagement - an opposition since happily withdrawn. In fact, they had gone so far as to forbid me to call, and Guenevere and I could see each other only by stealth, and infrequently, The Ridge is a long and rambling moraine, heavily strewn in places with boulders, as its name implies, and with many outcroppings of black volcanic stone. Fruit-ranches cling to some of its slopes, but scarcely any of the top is under cultivation, and much of the soil, indeed, is too thin and stony to be arable. With its twisted pines, often as fantastic in form as the cypresses of the California coast, and its gnarled and stunted oaks, the landscape has a wild and quaint beauty, with more than a hint of the Japanesque in places.It is perhaps two miles from my cabin to the place where I was to meet Guenevere. Since I was born in the very shadow of Boulder Ridge, and have lived upon or near it for most of my thirty-odd years, I am familiar with every rod of its lovely and rugged extent, and, previous to that April morning, would scarcely have refrained from laughing if anyone had told me I could possibly lose my way... Since then - well, I assure you, I should not feel inclined to laugh...Truly, it was a morning made for the trysts of lovers. Wild bees were humming busily in the patches of clover and in the ceanothus bushes with their great masses of white flowers, whose strange and heavy perfume intoxicated the air. Most of the spring blossoms were abroad: cyclamen, yellow violet, poppy, wild hyacinth, and woodland star; and the green of the fields was opalescent with their coloring. Between the emerald of the buck- eyes, the grey-green of the pines, the golden and dark and bluish greens of the oaks, I caught glimpses of the snow-white Sierras to the east, and the faint blue of the Coast Range to the west, beyond the pale and lilac levels of the Sacramento valley. Following a vague trail, I went onwards across open fields where I had to thread my way among clustering boulders.

A Vintage From Atlantis

A Vintage from Atlantis PDF
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: eStar Books
ISBN: 1612103812
Size: 21.88 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
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The object had the form of a great jar, with a tapering neck and a deep, round, abdomens body. It was wholly encrusted with shells and corals that had gathered upon it as if through many ages in the ocean deeps, and was festooned with weeds and sea-flowers such as we had never before beheld; so that we could not determine the substance of which it was made.Excerpt I thank you, friend, but I am no drinker of wine, not even if it be the rarest Canary or the oldest Amontillado. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging . . . and more than others, I have reason to know the truth that was writ by Solomon the Jewish king. Give ear, if ye will, and I shall tell you a story such as would halt the half-drained cup on the lips of the hardiest bibber.We were seven-and-thirty buccaneers, who raked the Spanish Main under Barnaby Dwale, he that was called Red Barnaby for the spilling of blood that attended him everywhere. Our ship, the Black Falcon, could outfly and outstrike all other craft that flew the Jolly Roger. Full often, Captain Dwale was wont to seek a remote isle on the eastward verge of the West Indies, and lighten the vessel of its weight of ingots and doubloons.The isle was far from the common course of maritime traffic, and was not known to maps or other mariners; so it suited our purpose well. It was a place of palms and sand and cuffs, with a small harbor sheltered by the curving outstretched arms of rugged reefs, on which the dark ocean climbed and gnashed its fangs of white foam without troubling the tranquil waters beyond. I know not how many times we had visited the isle; but the soil beneath many a coco tree was heavy with our hidden trove. There we had stored the loot of bullion-laden ships, the massy plate and jewels of cathedral towns.Even as to all mortal things, an ending came at last to our visits. We had gathered a goodly cargo, but might have stayed longer on the open main where the Spaniards passed, if a tempest had not impended. We were near the secret isle, as it chanced, when the skies began to blacken; and wallowing heavily in the rising seas we fled to our placid harbor, reaching it by night-fall. Before dawn the hurricane had blown by; and the sun came up in cloudless amber and blue. We proceeded with the landing and burying of our chests of coin and gems and ingots, which was a task of some length; and afterward we refilled our water-casks at a cool sweet spring that ran from beneath the palmy hill not far inland.

Agnes Among The Gargoyles

Agnes Among the Gargoyles PDF
Author: Patrick Flynn
Publisher: Bitingduck Press LLC
ISBN: 0917990390
Size: 34.31 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 408
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Agnes among the gargoyles is a novel steeped in the lore of New York City. The engine of the novel is the love of the city felt by the book's protagonist, Agnes Travertine, an architectural preservationist. Agnes is the sort of person who spies a dignified sliver of the Woolworth Building behind some formless modern building and thinks of "a line of lace slip showing at the bottom of a gaudy dress." Agnes is painted on a broad social canvas and tackles big themes, the lure of the past and the ultimate failure of nostalgia, the resonance of place, the dangerous mysteries of love and sex.

Selected Letters Of Clark Ashton Smith

Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith PDF
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Publisher: Arkham House Pub
ISBN:
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 417
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Includes, among others, correspondence with George Sterling, H.P. Lovecraft, Donald Wandrei, and August Derleth.