023-0109
023-0109
FROM Clark Ashton Smith
TO H. P. Lovecraft
24-Oct-1930

Abstract

On the statue of Tsathoggua sent to Lovecraft (with reference to Azathoth, Albert Einstein, and Smith's "Ode to the Abyss"); thanks for the loan of "The Hound," and a brief summary of the contents of Smith's library (Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Lafcadio Hearn, Mystery and Detective Tales, Melmouth, the Wanderer by Balzac, The Werewolf by Clemence Housman, Story without a Name by Barbey D'Aurevilly) with a request to borrow Arthur Machen's The House of Souls and M. R. James, and some closing notes on Ambrose Bierce (citing "The Death of Halpin Frayser" and The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter); praise for "The Hound"; on the difference in Smith and Lovecraft's approach to weird fiction; on re-reading Everil Worrell's "The Canal" (and comparing to Gautier's "Clarimonde" and Smith's "Rendezvous in Averoigne"); on Farnsworth Wright and Weird Tales (and the rejected "Tale of Satampre Zeiros" and "The Door to Saturn"), and Smith now submitting "Medusa" ("The Gorgon") and "An Offering to the Moon" to Ghost Stories; on Smith and realism (with reference to Lovecraft's character Randolph Carter); on dreams and Smith's weird fiction (mentioning "The Planet of the Dead," "The Necromantic Tale," and "An Offering to the Moon"); on cosmicism and locals who appreciate Smith's fiction; forwarding "The Whisperer in Darkness" to August Derleth, Lovecraft should have received "A Rendezvous in Averoigne," and Smith sending "An Offering to the Moon"; Smith working on a new story, "Like Mohammed's Tomb"; a suggestion to Lovecraft based on "The Whisperer in Darkness"; Smith outlines an idea for a story (later realized as "A Star-Change"); glad Lovecraft liked the new Averoigne tale (which Smith likes better than "The End of the Story"); Smith sent some magazines; a dry autumn in Auburn; Smith reading The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort; enclosing "The Face by the River." Postscript: asking for the loan of "The Colour Out of Space."

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