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The Last Hieroglyph

Volume Five of the Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith
Written by: Clark Ashton Smith
Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
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Audible Editor Reviews

The fifth and final volume of definitive versions of Clark Ashton Smith’s dark fantasy and horror stories anthologizes the 29 published prior to his death, including "The Death of Malygirs", "The Tomb-Spawn", "The Last Hieroglyph", "The Threader of the Dust", and "The Black Abbott of Pthuum". The extensive notes, scholarship, and, of course, Smith’s writing itself are performed by different actors, whose individual contributions combine to create layers of appreciation for this master of speculative fiction, the third member of the Weird Tales unholy horror trinity - the other two being H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.

Publisher's Summary

The Last Hieroglyph is the fifth of the five-volume Collected Fantasies series. Editors Scott Connors and Ron Hilger have compared original manuscripts, various typescripts, published editions, and Smith's notes and letters, in order to prepare a definitive set of texts.

The Last Hieroglyph includes, in chronological order, all of Clark Ashton Smith's stories from "The Dark Age" to "The Dart of Rasasfa".

©2010 The Estate of Clark Ashton Smith (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • JC
  • 2019-07-12

Great collection of stories

I think that this is a perfectly serviceable collection of stories, and definitely deserving of a 5/5 rating in that regard. That being said, I think that C.A.S. definitely had some better stories in the previous book(s), and overall this volume of the collection feels a bit weaker than some others. This is an excellent collection for anybody who is already in love with Smith's writing, but if you're looking to get right into Smith at his best and weirdest, I would suggest trying out volumes 3 and 4 of this series first.

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  • 2017-07-18

Great Book!

If you ever read H.P. Lovecraft - you will enjoy this read. Clark writes well, but a little different from how HPL writes. Very few of Clarks stories succeed in creating the atmosphere of horror which made HPL so famous but I would still highly recommend Clarks writings as the next best thing to HPL.

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  • scott
  • 2017-04-05

good, but the best

some of the stories were quite good. a few were not as great most of his other works. definitely worth a listen. especially if you have listened to the previous 4 anthologies.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-02-11

great classic weird fiction! !

this is a great example of clark ashton smith's work. the only reason It is not 5 stars is that it can be a little uneven, which is typical of such collections. well worth the time.