Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good. 058603966X Used book. Previously owned and is blemished. Cover rubbed w/ corner and binding wear. Interior page markings (highlighting/writing) and owner's name. An inventory sticker on the back and a used sticker on the spine. Textblock has a marking.
Bruce Pennington (? ) cover Art. Very Good+ ----------paperback, a Very Good+ copy, a wee bit of very light rubbing, a tight bright square copy, a faint hint of age toning to paper, stories include: The End of the Story; A Rendezvous in Averoigne; A Night in Malneant; The City of the Singing Flame; The Uncharted Isle; The Second Interment; The Chain of Aforgomon; The Dark Eidolon; The Double Shadow, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo.
'In sheer daemonic strangeness he [Clark Ashton Smith] is unexcelled.', so said H.P. Lovecraft. "Out of Space and Time Volume 1", as the title suggests, is a volume in a series. Warning - the horror, whether graphic or suggested - is unrelieved. Therefore, if this condition assaults your sensibilities, I suggest that you put this collection down and move on.
Arranged on a two-part basis, the first "Out of Space and Time" is the more enjoyable because in these stories a situation begs to be solved. Mr Smith's stories are hard to anticipate, but relentlessly they lead you along to resolution. I particularly enjoyed "The City of the Singing Flame" for its misdirection; Then the "A Rendezvous in Averoigne" involves a mesh of enchantments to liven up ye old vampire theme; Not to be outdone, "The Unchartered Isle" manages to suggest that other shipwrecked survivors belong to a 'Sunday school picnic' category.
Now for the second of the two-part basis,
'Judgments of Doom' is mostly about that, doom. I recommend "The Double Shadow" for its evenness of telling and for its spookiness of weird. Also, its brevity refreshes.
Finally, unless you peruse the dictionary on a daily basis, please have an encyclopaedic one handy for the five or more words per page, average, that you will need to look up.
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