Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams

The first feature-length documentary about the visionary fantasy writer, poet and visual artist.

This looks like an excellent project, and there has never been a documentary released about Clark Ashton Smith. The film looks at the life of Clark Ashton Smith, his work, and his influence. Fans and scholars interviewed include: Donald Sidney-Fryer, S. T. Joshi, Harlan Ellison, etc.

This project is important because Clark Ashton Smith is important. He was a pioneering creator of stories in multiple genres: fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction and science fiction. As a poet he was hailed as the Keats of the West Coast when his first book of poetry, The Star-Treader and Other Poems, came out in 1912, when he was just 19 years old. He was a member of the California Romantic tradition along with Ambrose Bierce and his poetic mentor, George Sterling. And, as a friend and correspondent of writer H.P. Lovecraft, Smith's life and work should be of interest to the many fans of the creator of The Necronomicon and Cthulhu! He also deserves regional recognition in the Northern California foothills, as he was nearly a lifelong Auburnite who was known as the "bard of Auburn."  I hope to show the film in Sacramento, Auburn, Placerville, and other venues in the Gold Rush area. 

The project only has around two weeks remaining. Check it out, it looks really good.


David J. West said...

I'll have to check this out, I've gotten into CAS late compared to the other pulp writers but what I have read is magnificent!

Todd B Vick said...

CAS's prose is fantastic and his stories have a tone to them like no other. Of the three main WT writers, he's the one I need to read more; something I'm currently doing.