Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Season 4 Episode 5: (Sippin' on) a Vintage from Atlantis with Clark Ashton Smith

Hile, travelers! We once more continue down The Lost Road. For this episode we discuss Clark Ashton Smith's story,  A Vintage from Atlantis. First published in Weird Tales in September of 1933, this is a story found in a number of volumes, and is now in the public domain.
Ballantine Collection, 1973, Cover by Gervasio Gallardo
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Next Time...
We read our first Lin Carter joint. Take a crack at The Wizard of Lemuria, won't you?

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  1. Kind of off topic, but i may have some insight regarding the comment about the highly specific price on the original issue of Weird Tales - I used to work at a textbook store near a university years ago. We also sold new and used textbooks online, and one thing i would sometimes be tasked with was to go through our listings on amazon, etc., and lower our price on a book to be one penny less than our competitors, so ours would show up as the first least expensive option (until they came through and did the same thing). I have read that more recently, people have been using software to automatically adjust their prices relative to their competitors, and if no one is watching, it sometimes gets out of control, as in this story:
    anyway, it was probably the result of something along those lines.

  2. also on the subject of good L. Sprague De Camp stories and rabbitholes to go down about weird early 20th Century characters, A Gun For Dinosaur is probably my favorite story of his, and one of the characters is allegedly based on Jack Parsons, rocket scientist, occultist, and all around weirdo: