By Clark Ashton Smith
Released in chronological order, with huge tale and bibliographic notes, this sequence not just offers entry to tales which have been out of print for years, yet provides them a ancient and social context. sequence editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and numerous released models of the tales, making a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's complete physique of labor. This 3rd quantity of the sequence brings jointly 21 of his delusion tales.
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The path where I stood was clear of weeds, and thickly edged with chives and parsley. The brimming rain barrel below the gutter was painted the same new green as the door, and had a fresh metal ring. The step was clean, and the door open. Inside was the same; Mrs. Henderson had put all to rights, and it was charming and neat, with a pot of pink geraniums in the window, and the fresh smell of polish everywhere. The box of groceries stood on the kitchen table. Upstairs, I knew, all would be ready for me.
The fireplace was in keeping with the room, being a wide affair with a carved marble mantelpiece, the top slab upheld by Atlas-like gentlemen with suffering expressions, and the crosspiece decorated with carefree and rather charming putti. The huge metal basket below, which had been designed for logs, was empty, and in front of it, inside the leather-seated high fender, stood the unlovely device which was heater and humidifier all in one. The library had once been my favourite of all the rooms at Ashley; I could remember the firelight on the mellow leather of the books, and the warmth of the big rug before the blaze, and being allowed to turn one of the big globes while my father told me about the countries which passed by so quickly under my childish hands.
While I had been speaking he had pulled open a drawer in the dresser, and fished out from somewhere a bunch of keys which I recognized. "Here you are, then. Do you know which is which? They go in order, from here. That's the main door, then the Priest's Parlour, the Council Chamber . " He clicked the keys round on the massive ring, like beads on a rosary. "They're in order for the tour. " He selected a key. "That's it. No, leave those things. Mrs. Henderson will do them. " "No, I don't think so, thanks.
A Vintage from Atlantis (The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Volume 3) by Clark Ashton Smith