Quotes by Clark Ashton Smith

"Bow down, I am the emperor of dreams."

"There have been times when only a hair's-breadth has intervened betwixt myself and the seething devil-ridden world of madness; for the hideous knowledge, the horror- blackened memories which I have carried so long, were never meant to be borne by the human intellect."

"Not as the plants and flowers of Earth, growing peacefully beneath a simple sun, were the blossoms of the planet Lophai. Coiling and uncoiling in double dawns; tossing tumultuously under vast suns of jade green and balas-ruby orange; swaying and weltering in rich twilights, in aurora-curtained nights, they resembled fields of rooted serpents that dance eternally to an other-worldly music."

"Bow down: I am the emperor of dreams;
I crown me with the million-colored sun
Of secret worlds incredible, and take
Their trailing skies for vestment when I soar,
Throned on the mounting zenith, and illume
The spaceward-flown horizons infinite."

"Stern and white as a tomb, older than the memory of the dead, and built by men or devils beyond the recording of myth, is the mansion in which we dwell."

Books by Clark Ashton Smith

  • Zothique
  • 881 ratings
  • June 1970 by Ballantine Books

    (first published 1970)

  • The End of the Story
  • 866 ratings
  • January 1st 2007 by Night Shade Books

    (first published September 1st 2006)

Clark Ashton Smith
  • Clark Ashton Smith

  • Date of birth: January 13, 1893
  • Died: August 14, 1961
  • Born: in Long Valley, California, The United States.

  • Description: Clark Ashton Smith was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. It is for these stories, and his literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937, that he is mainly remembered today. With Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, also a friend and correspondent, Smith remains one of the most famous contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

    His writings are posted at his official website.