Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Return of the Sorcerer - Clark Ashton Smith

A solid selection of good Smith stories, including a couple of his best.

Return of the Sorcerer : The Return Of The Sorcerer - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The City Of Singing Flame - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Vaults Of Yoh-Vombis - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Double Shadow - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Monster Of The Prophecy - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Hunters From Beyond - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Isle Of The Torturers - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : A Night In Malneant - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Chain Of Aforgomon - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Dark Eidolon - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Seven Geases - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Holiness Of Azedarac - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Beast Of Averoigne - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Empire Of The Necromancers - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Disinterment Of Venus - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Devotee Of Evil - Clark Ashton Smith
Return of the Sorcerer : The Enchantress Of Sylaire - Clark Ashton Smith


A man in need of a job takes one his wishes he hadn't. Pretty much the first request he gets, because of his skills in Arabic, is to translate some part of Abdul Alhazred's Necronomicon.

It appears he has become embroiled in a mortal dispute between two sorcerers, brothers, and one of them ain't alive anymore.

3.5 out of 5


A writer follows in the footsteps of others, and finds a trans-dimensional city.

4 out of 5


Martian Odyssey mummy and vampire doom.

4.5 out of 5


Sorcerers, summonings and some nasty transmogrifications.

2.5 out of 5


Unpublished poet given alien travel offer, his monstrous bodily form desirable for revolutionary reasons.

3 out of 5



A habitue of bookshops and writer of the supernatural meets a gargoyle there. In what presumably is taking the piss out of himself, the owner of the shop berates him for knowing nothing about which he writes, whereas he has firsthand information.

This bloke is a sculptor, and he tells him how he gets his models.

Not such a nice end.

3.5 out of 5


A group does bad things to a powerful man they don't like too much. They make a deadly serious mistake with some mystical objects in the process.

2.5 out of 5


Unreal how colourless that joint was.

3 out of 5


Drugs, necromancers, and occult combustion.

3 out of 5


You should not be mean to boys that grow up to be all powerful necromancers. Especially when they invite you to dinners inhabited by untold monsters.

4 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


A priest investigates another of their order who likes the whole Azathoth and Elder Gods thing just a bit too much. Not to mention the Book of Eibon.

However, he falls prey to his servant, time travel, and a gorgeous enchantress, in that order.

4.5 out of 5


A monster kills some religious types, and a man experienced with supernatural matters is asked to assist. They are surprised at its true nature.

3 out of 5


A pair of Necromancers, exiled from one city because of their practices, make themselves and empire of the undead.

They grow lax and redolent, and one of their raisings himself was a sorcerer with some necromantic knowledge.

Revolution.

3 out of 5


A sexy statue unearthed gives a bunch of monks the horn, and resists attempts at destruction.

3.5 out of 5


A man wants to build an 'ultimate evil receiver'.

Yeah, he's crazy.

3.5 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




3.5 out of 5

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