The highest bidder will receive a complete set of PS Publishing’s Stanza Press poetry volumes, six in total, including:
A WOMAN OF MARS by Helen Patrice (signed copy)
SONG OF THE NECROMANCER & OTHERS by Clark Ashton Smith
HALLOWE’EN IN A SUBURB & OTHERS by H.P. Lovecraft
THE SINGER IN THE MIST & OTHERS by Robert E Howard
NOT QUITE ATLANTIS by Donald Sydney-Fryer
OFF THE COASTAL PATH by Jo Fletcher
– donated by PS Publishing
“Helen Patrice’s poems are little love letters not only to the Red Planet but also to the sense of alien wonder that is so often missing from imaginative fiction and poetry. Bravo to her! And Bravo to Stanza Press for providing a platform for her work!” – Ray Bradbury
When the history of fantasy and horror fiction is being discussed, the pulp magazine Weird Tales is inevitably mentioned. Published on low-grade “pulp” paper, Weird Tales was the first newsstand magazine devoted exclusively to weird and fantastic fiction. It ran for 279 issues, from March 1923 to September 1954.
The three most important and influential writers to have their work published in the title were Rhode Island horror writer H.P. Lovecraft; the Texan creator of Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard; and the California poet, short story writer, illustrator and sculptor, Clark Ashton Smith.
“The Complete Poems from Weird Tales” series collects their verse in the order that it originally appeared in the pages of “The Unique Magazine”.
SONG OF THE NECROMANCER – CLARK ASHTON SMITH
“CLARK ASHTON SMITH(1893-1961) was a poet, short story writer, illustrator and sculptor. One of the “big three” authors to appear in the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales-alongside H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard-his fiction and artwork was published in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and collections. For most of his sixty-eight years, Smith lived in a small cabin in the woods near Auburn, California, and during his lifetime he published nearly twice as many books of poetry than he did short stories.”
“H.P. Lovercraft (1890-1937) is probably the most important and influential author of supernatural fiction in the twentieth century. A life-long resident of Providence, Rhode Island, many of his tales are set in the fear-haunted towns of an imaginary area of Massachusetts, or in the cosmic vistas that exist beyond space and time.”
“ROBERT E. HOWARD (1906-1936) is best known for his series of stories about Conan the Barbarian. However, Howard was also a prolific writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, Westerns, detective, sports stories, true confessions and other genre fiction, including poetry.”
On Reading Edmund Spenser Once Again
As Buds and Blossoms in the Month of May the Rose
To Clark Ashton Smith
“Thy Spirit Walks the Sea”
To a Youth
The Ashes in the Rose Garden
To Edmund Spenser
Ave Atque Yale
Thaïs and Alexander in Persepolis
0 Fair Dark Eyes, 0 Glances Turned Aside
Kilcolman Castle: 20 August 1965
The Lilac Hedge at Cassell Prairie
Black Poppy and Black Lotus
The House of Roses
“The Musical Note of Swans . . . Before their Death”
0 Beautiful Dark-Amber Eyes of Old
The Forsaken Palace
Far the “Shapes of Clay” of Ambrose Bierce
For the “Black Beetles in Amber” of Ambrose Bierce
An Enchantress Out of Time
Our Lady of the Unicorn
Return of the Conquistadors
Pale Fragile Unicorns
The Bitch with Tits of Bronze
Come – take my hand, and wander with me off the coastal path and into that strange
hinterland between earth and water, where life and death walk together, and where the rolling sound of the sea is a siren’s luring voice, a wild, clear call that echoes in the blood and cannot be ignored . . .
The seaside is a unique place, a magical no man’s land caught between the ever-changing waves and the stolid earth, and just as diverse.
Off-key music heralds tawdry end-of-pier shows and run-down fairgrounds, with their dilapidated ghost trains and fluorescent candy floss.
Pathetic holidaymakers brave the vile weather, too scared to brave the vile landladies, who run their faded-wallpaper-and-cabbage-scented B&B domains with rules set in stone.
As you pick your way over pebbles, or sunbathe in the sand, perhaps you’ll see
pirates, breasting the waves, or monsters, lurking beneath, or hear mermaids, beckoning you closer with a song, or the bells of lost Atlantis, in the deeps below.
Or perhaps you may come upon the lonely, the bereft, the hopeless, walking forever beside the sea, oblivious to all now but the pull of the tide . . .
This unique, evocative collection gathers thirty poets from across seven centuries, to explore the shadowlands beside the restless waters off and the coastal path.