Night Shade Books is proud to present The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith in five volumes. 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.
This series will present Smith's fiction chronologically, based on composition rather than publication. The editorial decision to present these finely crafted tales chronologically, as opposed to thematically, was made in order to present Smith's fiction as part of a continuum—Smith's style evolved as he grew older, and gained access to the commercial markets. The ebb and flow of his prose over the course of his lifetime can be charted via the five volumes of this series.
The Collected Fantasies series is authorized by the Smith Estate, and is endorsed by Arkham House. Night Shade Books has been publishing weird and fantastic fiction, and related material, since its inception.
In addition to Smith, Night Shade has published H. P. Lovecraft, Manly Wade Wellman, William Hope Hodgson, and Lord Dunsany. Night Shade has published dozens of contemporary writers of Fantasy, SF, and Horror.
The Last Hieroglyph is the fifth of five volumes that collects all of Clark Ashton Smith's tales of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, faithfully following Smith's manuscripts. It includes, in chronological order, all of his stories from "The Dark Age" (April 1938) to "The Dart of Rasasfa" (July 1961). This volume also features an introduction by Richard A. Lupoff, as well as extensive notes on each story.