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The Door to SaturnHe stories creating a definitive preferred text for Smith's entire body of work This second volume of the series brings together of his fantasy stories Skyhorse Publishing under our Night Shade and Talos imprints is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera time travel hard SF alien invasion near future dysto. Since the book is called The Door to Saturn and since that's the first story that appears in the collection I should probably deal with that one first It's a bit odd coming to it as a HP Lovecraft junkie In Lovecraft's stories Tsathoggua is pretty similar to the other Great Old Ones a creatue of nameless fear worshipped in secret by formless things that crawl along the black channels in lightless N'Kai deep below the surface of the earth Lovecraft obviously took that from The Tale of Satampra Zeiros but he put his own spin on it and I read Lovecraft's work first so coming to The Door to Saturn and have Tsathoggua portrayed as essentially a wizard's demonic familiar who shows up makes ironic comments and shares cosmic wisdom was pretty jarring Even though that's a minor part of the story the whole tone of The Door to Saturn has a kind of ironic wink behind it from the prophecy uttered by Hziuluoigmnzhah on Saturn to the straight ripoff of the Blemmyes as a Saturnian race And then right when it seems to be getting interesting it endsThat's a problem with a lot of the stories in this book actually Take A Rendezvous in Averoigne That story is one of Smith's most famous and reprinted stories and I can kind of see why just from the language alone HereBut when he thought to reach again the spot from which he had heard that shrill unearthly scream he saw that there was no longer a path; nor indeed any feature of the forest which he could remember or recognize The foliage about him no longer displayed a brilliant verdure; it was sad and funereal and the trees themselves were either cypress like or were already sere with autumn or decay In lieu of the purling brook there lay before him a tarn of waters that were dark and dull as clotting blood and which gave back no reflection of the brown autumnal sedges that trailed therein like the hair of suicides and the skeletons of rotting osiers that writhed above themThat is fantastic The mood that the story sets from the gloomy forest to the shadowed and unhallowed castle to the inhabitants who should not be all of it is extremely creepy and evocative And that makes it all the frustrating that the story slowly builds and builds and then solves itself in like three paragraphs the end I think that's why I rated The Door to Saturn only three stars While the writing was uniformly good across the board and there was a lot of really evocative language there wasn't actually that much that stuck with me after I read it Many of the stories ended much earlier than I would have liked and seemed to spend 90% of the time setting up a problem only to solve it in an instant An Adventure in Futurity The Red World of Polaris and A Captivity in Serpens no eldritchdarkcom links for those were all stories of that typeThere were two main stories that stuck with me One was The Testament of Athammaus another Hyperborean story like The Tale of Satampra Zeiros and one that actually tells the past of the city that Satampra and his companion visit That one was uite creepy though I thought the mood was a bit undermined by how clinical the tone was Despite describing hideous and terrible events the protagonist has a rather blasé attitude towards the whole thing and even has the distinction of being the last person to remain in the city before its ultimate abandonment He is an executioner true but he still doesn't have that much experience with ultra mundane beings like Knygathin Zhaum and I would have thought that the experiences of dealing with such an entity would have affected him deeplyCome to think of it that's my problem with most of the stories here There's no emotional weight to the characters' actions even if the words of the narrative themselves are forboding or gloomy or eerie or horrific I rarely get the sense that the characters actually feel that way The one story where I really felt like the characters weren't suare jawed Heroes was The Return of the Sorcerer And actually for the longest time I thought this was one of Lovecraft's stories because I originally read it in one of those books that's half filled with Lovecraft stories and half filled with stories by other authors and then has Lovecraft's name all over the cover to help sell it This is probably the moodiest story in the entire book with palpable emotion expressed by all the characters contained therein and it's absolutely worth reading even if you don't read any of the other stories Also in reference to my review of The End of the Story where I mention Smith's use of Latinate words there's a uote from a letter Smith wrote to Lovecraft in the appendix of The Door to Saturn where he saysI was told the other day that my ‘Door to Saturn’ could be read only with a dictionary also that I would sell stories if I were to simplify my vocabularyWhich I did find uite amusing though I admit that the stories here would lose a lot of what made them great if the language were simpler Many of them don't have much to recommend them in terms of plot but the language makes them worth at least one read Well some of them I wouldn't recommend An Adventure in Futurity or The Letter from Mohaun Los at all but The Return of the Sorcerer or Told in the Desert are definitely a good readPrevious Review The End of the StoryNext Review A Vintage from Atlantis

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Published in chronological order with extensive story and bibliographic notes this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years but gives them a historical and social context Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S Hilger excavated the The Door MOBI #207 still existing manuscripts letters and various published versions of t. a bit less uality than the prior volume still fairly entertaining with a handful of excellent stories and only one that was laughable drek with this second stage in his career story wise it appears that CAS became less interested in yearning tales of love alien and otherwise and refocused on contes cruel the majority of the pieces in this collection are short ones describing unfortunate and disturbing endings for a range of deserving or undeserving characters unfortunately that particular offshoot of short horror fiction has little interest for me they usually lack the depth resonance and ambiguity that I often crave in my Weird Fiction alashowever that handful of excellent stories truly shined Door to Saturn is a lot of droll fun as two enemy wizards find themselves within the bizarre landscape of Saturn and at the mercy of its various bizarre residents The Testament of Athammaus features an absorbingly repulsive villainmonster both have the feel of classic sword sorcery high fantasy except with a thick red vein of CAS darkness A Rendezvous in Averoigne takes place in one of the author's underrated locales the imaginary French countrysides and castles of Averoigne circa the 12th century I assume this one features two lovers and their servants encountering a dismal castle in the countryside and its hungry residents The Letter from Mohaun Los is an amusing science fictional tale of space travel to a couple very off kilter and threatening planets featuring a giant tentacled robot of all things and the bonafide classic of the the collection City of the Singing Flame details the haunting lure of a flame of extermination captivating all sorts of alien creatures as well as our protagonist and his buddy to their potential doomCAS' prose throughout all of the stories is lushly descriptive and gorgeously purple per usualif you'd like to read synopses of all of the stories please refer to Andy's excellent review⚜HyperboreaThe Door to SaturnThe Testament of AthammausAveroigneA Rendezvous in Averoigne love Told in the DesertThe Willow Landscape death The GorgonAn Offering to the MoonThe Kiss of ZoraidaThe Face by the RiverThe GhoulThe Kingdom of the WormThe Justice of the ElephantThe Return of the SorcererA Good Embalmer strange adventures The Red World of Polaris A Captivity in SerpensAn Adventure in FuturityThe City of the Singing FlameThe Letter from Mohaun Los drek The Hunters from Beyond although it did introduce me to the word nympholepsy for which I suppose I'm grateful

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Summary The Door to Saturn ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ ❰KINDLE❯ ❀ The Door to Saturn Author Clark Ashton Smith – Published in chronological order with extensive story and bibliographic notes this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years buPia fantasy grimdark sword and sorcery contemporary urban fantasy steampunk alternative history and horror zombies vampires and the occult and supernatural and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller a national bestseller or a Hugo or Nebula award winner we are committed to publishing uality books from a diverse group of author. This is the second in a series that collects the prose of Clark Ashton Smith in chronological order by composition not publication with notes and—in some cases—alternate endings And yes I've read the first The End of the Story only before I started keeping track here on ShelfariLike a sweet confection the writings of Clark Ashton Smith should be consumed slowly over time not in a single gluttonous sitting His work seems uniuely suited to the short story—the denseness of his prose would probably become too oppressive over the length of a novel like swimming in uicksand But for a short dip in a dangerous pool Broadly speaking Smith's prose falls into three categories with uite a bit of overlap Science Fiction Horror and something else Call them weird tales call them phantasmagoria call them simply fantasy; they take place in lands and worlds similar to ours but slightly different in realities both antiuated and at right angles to what we know or think we know These are mist shrouded regions illuminated only dimly by twilight and the occasional retort of lightningHis science fiction is perhaps the least of his work Even Smith in letters to H P Lovecraft portions of which are included here in the notes for each story seems to dismiss them many of which were written to order They are typical of the time and bring to mind many other writers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Leigh Brackett Fantastical science and planets which mirror aspects of ours too often and too closely only with aesthete heroes—not uite as apprehensive as one of Lovecraft's but a far cry from one of Burroughs' bare chested pseudo barbarians or one of Brackett's cowboys or African explorers in science fiction disguises The science is often absurd and there is a soft undercurrent of racism that was no doubt emblematic of the time There is however one story The Letter from Mohaun Los that contemplates a time machine that moves in time only not in space—so that space that is the Earth and our familiar solar system moves away and the time machine remains stationary until another planetary system moves into the same space Much of the story is familiar space exploration from a 1930's vantage point but that central conceit is memorable almost WhovianSmith is on much firmer ground with his horror stories Here he is nearly a blood brother to HP Lovecraft This volume contains his oft reprinted and rightly so The Return of the Sorcerer and is worth the price of admission alone It is also one of the few stories with an alternate—and grisly—endingAnd then there is that third kind of tale of which Smith was an unsurpassed master The eldritch uality of his vocabulary the complexity of his prose the painterly portrayal of the places he takes the reader to the effect is sharing in a dream—or a nightmare In this category this volume contains another Smith favorite A Rendezvous in Averoigne a deceptively simple story of a balladeer en route to a romantic rendezvous in a French wood which he has had the misfortune of forgetting is said to be haunted One of the added joys of reading an author's works in order written is sharing in his development as he flexes his muscles and his concepts and interests progress and matureAs with the first volume in the series highly recommended