A Rendezvous in Averoigne

A Rendezvous in Averoigne➺ [Download] ➶ A Rendezvous in Averoigne By Clark Ashton Smith ➻ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In 1927 HP Lovecraft wrote about Clark Ashton Smith In sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception Mr Smith is perhaps unexcelled by any other writer dead or living Who else has seen such g In HP Lovecraft wrote about Clark Ashton Smith In sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception Mr Smith is perhaps unexcelled by any other writer dead or living Who else has seen such gorgeous luxuriant and feverishly distorted visions of infinite spheres and multiple dimensions and lived to tell the tale If you relish horror or dark fantasy and you have yet to discover Klarkash Ton you have a real treat in store This beautifully produced A Rendezvous PDF \ Arkham House collection is a bejeweled corridor into the dark worlds of vampire cursed Averoigne Zothiue of the dying sun primordial Hyperborea which with its black amorphous god Tsathoggua is close in spirit to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and others Smith is a consummate stylist whose evocations of lush exoticism and languid evil led critic Brian Stableford to call him the poet of American Decadence and yet his tales are also humorous—in a wry macabre way A Rendezvous in Averoigne collects tales with illustrations by JK Potter and an introduction by Ray BradburyContentsIntroduction A Rendezvous in Averoigne • essay by Ray BradburyA Rendezvous in Averoigne • interior artwork by JK PotterThe Holiness of Azédarac • The Colossus of Ylourgne • The End of the Story • A Rendezvous in Averoigne • The Last Incantation • The Death of Malygris • A Voyage to Sfanomoë • The Weird of Avoosl Wuthouan • The Seven Geases • The Tale of Satampra Zeiros • The Coming of the White Worm • The City of the Singing Flame • Singing Flame • The Dweller in the Gulf • The Chain of Aforgomon • Genius Loci • The Maze of Maal Dweb • The Vaults of Yoh Vombis • The Uncharted Isle • The Planet of the Dead • Master of the Asteroid • The Empire of the Necromancers • The Charnel God • Xeethra • The Dark Eidolon • The Death of Ilalotha • The Last Hieroglyph • Necromancy in Naat • The Garden of Adompha • Zothiue • The Isle of the Torturers • Morthylla • . Smith is better than Lovecraft There I said it Don't believe me? Get your hands on this and see for yourself It's a bit of a splurge but it's worth it or you could just borrow mine if we're friends I have been a fan of the fantastic fiction of Clark Ashton Smith 1893 1961 ever since I read his short story The Uncharted Isle when I was in my early teens Smith or CAS is primarily remembered today if at all for his association with his literary pen pal H P Lovecraft and the so called Cthulhu Mythos CAS was a master storyteller and wrote excellent weird fantasy and horror In some respects I even prefer his work to that of Lovecraft In addition being a well regarded poet CAS was also an artist and sculptor At the age of 14 I found that my local public library had copies of Lost Worlds and Out of Space and Time two of the Arkham House collections of CAS's short stories and I checked them out over and over again Eventually I committed the unforgivable biblio sin of keeping the books for a year but paid off the fine when there was an amnesty at the library I also found a Ballantine paperback collection called Poseidonis CAS wrote stories set in exotic locations such as lost Poseidonis his version of Atlantis Xothiue the last continent on Earth in the far future Hyperborea prehistoric tropical Greenland in Averoigne a fictional region of medieval France and our world Eventually my interests changed and forgot CAS His books were out of print and were very difficult to find In 1989 I found an Arkham House hardback collection titled A Rendezvous in Averoigne and snapped it up It had a wonderful forward by Ray Bradbury and unusual photo artwork by Jeffrey K Potter For lack of a better word I would call it a best of as it included wonderful stories like the title The City of the Singing Flame The Death of Malygris The Maze of Maal Dweb The Colossus of Ylourgne The Empire of the Necromancers and many othersThis book is out of print and I do not know if there is a recent one volume collection of CAS short stories Night Shade Press is publishing a five volume complet set of his stories and I own the first three in that series You can find his works online at 'A Rendezvous in Averoigne' was published in Weird Tales in 1931 and was part of a series of stories which Ashton Smith set in a mythical country based on twelfth century French and Provencal culture but one where magic sorcery and devilry are very real and taken at face valueEach story is really a transposition of either a standard pulp horror fiction motif or expands a motif of the era into the pulp genre but always remaining within this closed world where the typical tale involves youthful erotic desire enchantment and shifts in time to an older pagan eraThe resolutions tend not to be very Christian the central assumption of Averoigne itself but pagan in their acceptance of fantasy eroticism as a conclusion at least in some stories Others have lovers triumphing over the dark forces that co exist with freedom in the alternate pagan worldAshton Smith develops a writing style that suggests the medieval while still being wholly accessible discursive than most pulp fiction building atmosphere in a tale where you are as 'enchanted' with the fantasy as the heroes are enchanted by the fantasticIn this story the fantasy encases a standard pulp vampire story but within the context of sorcery creating an alternate grey and miserable world into which our young hero and heroine and their servants are drawn by their attempt to have a private rendezvous in the forestIt ends well The horror is Gothic and creepy rather than visceral but it is interesting to see Weird Tales having a place for its young male readers that is essentially romantic with a carefully drawn yearning for sexual freedom and its anxietiesAlthough the Averoigne stories risk a certain sameness the imaginative power of the best of them captures perfectly an erotic longing beyond time and space Ashton Smith may be a less interesting character than Howard perhaps but he is the consistently good writer It is amazing to me that people aren't aware ofin love with Clark Ashton Smith's short stories I'm amazed so few were adapted to other media thank you Richard Corben because I kept thinking about what great horror movies a lot of them would make His command of the English language is impressive I could expand my vocabulary two fold by studying his writing And his ideas are twisted and original Not every one lands well but even the ones that aren't great still have a very real WTF element to them And his endings are wonderful Very rarely happy very often unsatisfying like something you ate isn't agreeing with you but very uniue in terms of the reading experience they offer It took me a few years to get through this book but I'm really glad I pushed through to the end The Zothiue stories as is generally agreed are some of the best and they're not until the end I want my own copy of this but it's out of print and expensive so once again I very reluctantly return it to the care of the Rochester Public LibraryIf you can get your hands on a copy and like gothic horror this is a great collection of stories This is a great collection of Clark Ashton Smith's short weird horror stories set in the eponymous region of France The stories weave together a cohesive region of rural France forgotten by the 'modern' world of the 1930's Indeed many of the stories contained within are set in the Middle Ages and make excellent fairy talesIn all a great read for just about anyone fond of myth magic and weird horror Possibly the best collection of work from an author that I've ever had the pleasure of reading Poetic and morbid at turns; beautiful and remote at others Clark Ashton Smith was and is one of the most uniue and talented voices to write in Science Fiction Fantasy Horror or the Weird I have a particular fondness for this book because I'm the model for several of the illustrations Two lovers attempt to meet in secret but are intercepted by vampires and are held captiveThe narrative’s style is poetic and beautifully written but very much follows the standard vampire fairytale plot and is a little too brief for the reader to feel much attachment towards the victims A wonderful collecton of CAS tales; eerily illustrated with black and white photos by J K Potter; for these alone the books is worth the price If you're going to have any CAS book it should probably be this one The Averoigne stories are great fun

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  • Hardcover
  • 472 pages
  • A Rendezvous in Averoigne
  • Clark Ashton Smith
  • English
  • 08 January 2016
  • 9780870541568