Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.14: Dawnward Spire, Lonely Hill

Belated salutations to the Emperor of Dreams on the occasion of his 125th birthday!

Today we celebrate the life and works of Clark Ashton Smith - one of the great Weird Tales triumvirate - by way of Dawnward Spire, Lonely Hill: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, currently available from Hippocampus Press. This gorgeous 800 page volume traces the correspondnce between Lovecraft and Smith until the former’s demise.

Notably, these letters also include the only extant reference in Lovecraft to Austin Osman Spare, whose life and work later became so central to Kenneth Grant’s exegesis of Lovecraftian occulture (Crowley is also mentioned on a few occasions in the exchanges between Smith and Lovecraft).

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