ClarkAshtonSmith

Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) "was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories." He was a frequent correspondent with Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft.

Eldritch Dark by Boyd Pearson hosts an extensive on-line collection of Smith's works. Short stories linked below are all hosted on Eldritch Dark.

Smith wrote several series of fantasy/horror short stories that may provide inspiration for role-playing games or MUDs.

Dates of publication in parentheses ().

The Averoigne Chronicles

The Averoigne Chronicles is a series of stories set mainly in the Medieval period in the fictional French province of Averoigne, based on the historic province of Auvergne. Story time setting in brackets [].

  1. "The End of the Story" (1930) [1798]
  2. "The Satyr" (1948)
  3. "A Rendezvous in Averoigne" (1931)
  4. "The Maker of Gargoyles" (1932) [1138]
  5. "The Holiness of Azédarac" (1933) [1175]
  6. "The Colossus of Ylourgne" (1933) [1281]
  7. "The Mandrakes" (1933) [15 C.]
  8. "The Beast of Averoigne" (1933) [1369]
  9. "The Disinterment of Venus" (1934) [1550]
  10. "Mother of Toads" (1938)
  11. "The Enchantress of Sylaire" (1941)
  12. "Averoigne" (poem, 1951)

Fragments uncompleted at the time of Smith's death:

Hyperborean Cycle

The Hyperborean Cycle is a series of stories set on the mythological island of Hyperborea.

  1. "The Tale of Satampra Zeiros" (1931)
  2. "The Testament of Athammaus" (1932)
  3. "The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan" (1932)
  4. "The Door to Saturn" (1932)
  5. "The House of Haon-Dor" (1933) [story fragment]
  6. "The Ice-Demon" (1933)
  7. "Ubbo-Sathla" (1933)
  8. "The Seven Geases" (1934)
  9. "The White Sybil" (1935)
  10. "The Coming of the White Worm" (1941)
  11. "The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles" (1958)

Poseidonis Cycle

Poseidonis is an imaginary prehistoric island remnant of the sunken continent Atlantis.

  1. "Atlantis" (poem, 1912)
  2. "The Last Incantation" (1930)
  3. "A Voyage to Sfanomoë" (1931)
  4. "The Double Shadow" (1932)
  5. "A Vintage from Atlantis" (1933)
  6. "The Death of Malygris" (1934)
  7. "Tolometh" (poem, 1958)
  8. "The Muse of Atlantis" (prose poem, 1973)

Zothique Cycle

Zothique is the last inhabited continent in Earth's distant future.

  1. "Empire of the Necromancers" (1932)
  2. "The Isle of the Torturers" (1933)
  3. "The Charnel God" (1934)
  4. "The Dark Eidolon" (1935)
  5. "The Voyage of King Euvoran" (1933)
  6. "The Weaver in the Vault" (1934)
  7. "The Tomb Spawn" (1934)
  8. "The Witchcraft of Ulua" (1934)
  9. "Xeethra" (1934)
  10. "The Last Hieroglyph" (1935)
  11. "Necromancy in Naat" (1936)
  12. "The Black Abbot of Puthuum" (1936)
  13. "The Death of Ilalotha" (1937)
  14. "The Garden of Adompha" (1938)
  15. "The Master of the Crabs" (1948)
  16. "Morthylla" (1953)

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