Xiccarph by Clark Ashton Smith (Ballantine 02501-6 – 1972)

Xiccarph by Clark Ashton Smith

Xiccarph by Clark Ashton Smith

The third volume of short stories by Smith to be published as part of Ballantine’s Adult Fantasy series. A paperback original first edition. Introduction by Lin Carter.

HP Lovecraft is largely to thank for the popularity Smith’s works recognize today. Like Robert E Howard, Smith communicated with Lovecraft and expanded upon ideas Lovecraft proposed. By the same token, Lovecraft was so impressed by Smith’s works that he used and expanded upon Smith’s ideas. Smith is by no means a literary giant but in the realm of weird fiction, he is a recognized master.

Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Title: Xiccarph
Author: Clark Ashton Smith
Imprint & Number: Ballantine 02501-6
Cover price: 1.25
Publication date: 1972
Cover artist: Gervasio Gallardo
ISBN: 0-345-02501-6


  • To the Daemon (Poems in Prose, 1964)
  • The Maze of Maal Dweb (The Double Shadow and Other Fantasies, 1933; Maal Dweb story)
  • The Flower-Women (Weird Tales, 5/35; Maal Dweb story)
  • Vulthoom (Weird Tales, 9/35)
  • The Dweller in the Gulf (Wonder Stories, 3/33)
  • The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis (Weird Tales, 5/32)
  • The Doom of Antarion (originally titled The Planet of the Dead; Weird Tales, 3/32)
  • The Demon of the Flower (Astounding Stories, 12/33)
  • The Monster of the Prophecy (Weird Tales, 1/32)
  • Sadastor (Weird Tales, 7/30)
  • From the Crypts of Memory (Bohemia, 4/1917)

Gary Lovisi’s Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide has this edition valued between $10 and $100, depending on condition. Lovisi indicates that this edition had a low print run.

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