January 13, 1893 saw the birth of Clark Ashton Smith. Along with his friends and correspondents Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft, Smith was regarded as one of the Big Three at Weird Tales during was is generally regarded as the magazine’s golden age.
Given his stature in the field, it’s a little surprising how brief his career as a writer of fiction was. Most of his fiction was written between 1929 and 1934. Smith’s first literary love was poetry. He also worked as an artist. Clark Ashton Smith was never able to completely support himself through his artistic endeavors, and he frequently did manual labor around his hometown of Auburn, California.
Smith’s fiction is not for the week of vocabulary. He wrote several story cycles that take place in exotic imaginary lands in prehistory or on other planets. Smith’s Collected Fantasies is back in print in paperback and electronic editions. (Click the individual titles for links to electronic versions.)