Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith Vol 5 The Last Hieroglyph - Clark Ashton Smith

There are several strong stories in this fifth volume.

The Last Hieroglyph : The Dark Age - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Death of Malygris - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Tomb-Spawn - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Witchcraft of Ulua - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Coming of the White Worm - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Seven Geases - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Chain of Aforgomon - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Primal City - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Xeethra - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Last Hieroglyph - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Necromancy in Naat - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Treader of the Dust - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Black Abbot of Puthuum - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Death of Ilalotha - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Mother of Toads - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Garden of Adompha - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Great God Awto - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Strange Shadows - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Enchantress of Sylaire - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Double Cosmos - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Nemesis of the Unfinished - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Master of the Crabs - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Morthylla - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Schizoid Creator - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Monsters in the Night - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Phoenix - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : Symposium of the Gorgon - Clark Ashton Smith
The Last Hieroglyph : The Dart of Rasasfa - Clark Ashton Smith


The last surviving people of an advanced civilisation realises all their technology has failed, and they are now vulnerable to the primitives around them.

Despite an offer of assistance from a group of warriors, they are unable to cope.

3.5 out of 5


Some sorcerers mess with a now dead necromancer who was just that bit much more clever than they are.

4 out of 5


A couple of jewelers on a treasure hunting expedition discover a statue is a lot uglier, more realistic and animate than they would expect.

4 out of 5


Sorcerous sage's ruler scorns short babe.

3.5 out of 5


A fancy sword is needed to get rid of a polar bear heart-eating monstrosity, once human.

3 out of 5



A cocky adventurer runs into Tsaggothua and others, who give him a few mandated directions on what he must do.

4 out of 5


Drugs, necromancers, and occult combustion.

3 out of 5


Big mountain town not fond of tourists.

3 out of 5


Xeethra should have listend to his uncle Pornos (he who should be careful with pronunciation) and behaved himself and not run off to make a deal with a demon for a soul.

2.5 out of 5


As astrologer follows the horoscope in the stars, and when you end up with a mummy, a merman, and a salamander as guides to lead you to an ancient wizard guy, even if you have a faithful dog, it is more of a horrorscope.

4 out of 5


A man is enlisted to help a younger generation of Necromancers get rid of the older.

2.5 out of 5


A man gets lost in 'The Testaments of Carnamagos'. Not a good idea to accidentally read incantations you are not sure of. Poof.

4 out of 5


Magic arrows are needed for some adventurers to dispose of an immortal evil priest and retinue.

3.5 out of 5


A queen that dies for love summons the one who caused her demise. Trystys Necrotis.

3 out of 5


Toads are gross. A large witch that looks like a toad and has toad powers, and seduces people is much grosser.

4 out of 5


A king and his magician know where the bodies are buried, literally. They have made a garden out of them. Highly grotesque.

3.5 out of 5


Far future automobile satire.

3.5 out of 5


Drunk dude bedevilled by dark stuff.

2.5 out of 5


A man, tired of a woman playing hard to get, becomes a hermit. While minding his own business he comes across a woman and her lupine companion.

She invites him home, and he is smitted. The wolf, actually a werewolf, warns him against this lamia, and the woman he left comes looking for him.

No one can sway him.

4 out of 5


A chemist experiments with drugs to investigate supernatural senses and other dimensions.

2.5 out of 5


Even demons sick of writerly procrastinations.

3.5 out of 5


Crustacean king succumbs to sorcery.

4 out of 5


A man has a thing for a lamia, first an impostor, then the real thing.

3.5 out of 5


Devil summoning scientist fails to get the top man.

3.5 out of 5


Roboghostbuster shock for werewolf.

3.5 out of 5


Hardcore firelighting heartbreak.

3.5 out of 5


Satampra Zeios is back, with a scam to divest a whole lot of temple girls of their girdles, by robbery and the aid of a concoction.

4 out of 5


A drunken encounter with Medusa leads to a trip via Pegasus, and some cannibals are left severely disappointed.

4 out of 5


A married pair of space explorers end up on a planet of reptile beings, and find it a little harrowing.

3 out of 5



4 out of 5

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