More perfection from the lord of weird talking about Hyperborea also known as The Cycles Commorion refers to a series of fantasy novels, written by Clark Ashton Smith and published in several magazines of fantasy including Weird Tales between thirty and fifty years of the century last The first comprehensive anthology is published only in 1971 by Ballantine Books, which relies on Lin Carter the daunting task of making a chronological arrangement of these works as had already happened with Zothique.Clark Ashton Smith takes us back in history, even in pre history, narrating the story of the inhabitants of Hyperborea, an imaginary continent place in the current terrestrial Arctic Circle, where the inhabitants live in the thriving city of Commorion The Tales of Hyperborea are all self contained and can be read individually without any problem, even if they are often cited of the characters in other stories Clark Ashton Smith is a master blend the sword and sorcery, Greek mythology and the Cthulhu Mythos, painting a setting left and grim, sometimes arouses horror, in which there are neither heroes nor antiheroes, but only ordinary people And they endanger their lives every day, when they face the attacks of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals fierce, but also attacks of monstrous creatures that threaten the very existence of their community Although there are some who recant the supernatural and magic, of Hyperborea are some terrifying deities in the flesh to which people address their prayers and offer sacrifices These are beings of featured monstrous, from the most disparate planets in the universe, which often enjoy to claim victims among humans By adopting this expedient, Clark Ashton Smith directly recalls the cosmology of his friend HP Lovecraft, attributing to these beings extraterrestrial origin Among the various gods, remember Tsathaggua, belonging to the Great Old Ones, who is depicted with body size titanic, disproportionate to the limbs, with the face of toad and bat wings.There are also different races as well as the human, as ibhlemphroims or ephiqhs, snake men, who are not always malicious towards hyperboriani, but which have completely different customs and traditions.I do not want to dwell over to avoid making the spoiler However I think any fan of fantasy should read this book that I think unique, precisely because of the complexity of the elements present in it which gives it a dark and baroque charm, hard to find in other novels. I first enjoyed this book in High School, many years ago heroic fantasy was always my favorite The descriptive wordage and complex usage of long lost adjectives was a challenge but it made for the savory aspect of reading his work Anyone interested in the lure of lost worlds should avail themselves of Clark Ashton Smith This volume is a must read for anyone reading this genre of books It would be great to see this work transposed to film maybe not But I recall the various visions and images of these ancient continents and characters and will forever be anad of this style that very few writers have ventured to master. Here are my notes on the stories in this collection They may have SPOILERS so beware.I love Clark Ashton Smith though none of these blew me away but none of them were terrible either This guy uses words I ve never even heard of in 40 years of reading all the time Ubbo Sathla 6.5 Hyperborea A fancy stone connects it s buyer with an ancient sorcerer and then even farther back to land before mankind.The White Sybil 7.0 Hyperborea The guys sees the legendary White Sybil and then must seek it the rest of his days She approaches him and he tries to take her gets struck dumb, marries a hillwoman that he thinks is the Sybil.The Testament of Athammaus 6.5 Hyperborea Bad guy keeps coming back after they execute him Everytime he s less human then grows huge and takes over city Cool idea but I would have burnt the body after the 2nd time.The Muse of Hyperborea, a Prose Poem 7.0 Hyperborea Very short prose poem but coolThe Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan 6.0 Hyperborea, greedy guy chases rolling gems into a cave with a monster Fun and exotic.The Door to Saturn 6.5 Hyperborea, kinda long strange tale, a priest chases an evil sorcerer through a gate that leads to Saturn The sorcerer thinks he was given a message by a god of Saturn but the god was really just saying goodbye They meet a bunch of strange races and end up living the rest of their lives on Saturn.The Seven Geases 6.0 Hyperborea, too repetitive but some cool ideas.The Coming of the White Worm 7.0 Hyperborea, Very original, not that great, but incredibly strangeThe Theft of the Thirty nine Girdles 6.0 Hyperborea originally titled The Power of Hyperborea Kind of simple with some cool imagery Too easy with a slightly surprising ending.The Ice Demon 7.0 Hyperborea The demon is the glacier which is a cool idea and I liked how the main character kept trying to rationalize the supernatural events that were happening It was scary.The Tale of Satampra Zeiros 6.5 Hyperborea The ending was kind of abrupt but I liked how the main characters were constantly getting drunk Cool monster too.The Passing of Aphrodite 5.5 The World s Rim, descent visual but not much of a story.The Desolation of Soom 6.0 The World s Rim 1.5 pages, lovers walk through terror and don t even notice itThe Abominations of Yondo 7.0 The World s Rim 1.5 pages, Prisoner is tortured and set free in haunted desert decides torture is preferable and heads backThe Memnons of the Night 6.5 The World s Rim Singing ancient statues Set in the fictional continent of Hyperborea modern Greenland , this is a collection of short stories which share the same setting, although they are not linked together Being weird fiction at its finest, I d recommend it to all the fun of this genre, plus to all Lovecraft s lovers. Smith, while not as well remembered as his peers Robert E Howard and H.P.Lovecraft, was a member of the classic Weird Tales circle, and a master of the fantasy genre While occasionally baroque and florid, Smith s best work evoked compelling alien lands and characters, and is well worth re sampling from time to time HYPERBOREA was one of his best. best short story clark ashton smith s the white sybil Master Priest Klarkash Ton of Rlim Shaikorth, I bow to you and your Liber Ivonis. Reading this was a huge disappointment I m disappointed that I didn t read it during the heyday of my fantasy role playing The sand of the desert of Yondo is not as the sand of other deserts for Yondo lies nearest of all to the world s rim and strange winds, blowing from a gulf no astronomer may hope to fathom, have sown its ruinous fields with the gray dust of corroding planets, the black ashes of extinguished suns The dark, orblike mountains which rise from its wrinkled and pitted plains are not all its own, for some are fallen asteroids half buried in that abysmal sand Things have crept in from nether space, whose incursion is forbid by the gods of all proper and well ordered lands but there are no such gods in Yondo, where live the hoary genii of stars abolished, and decrepit demons left homeless by the destruction of antiquated hells.What I could have done with that, and it is just one paragraph among two hundred pages of weird fantasy.Clark Ashton Smith was part of the Lovecraft Howard circle, and in his Hyperborean stories it definitely shows They had similar ideas about ancient gods and ancient lands Smith s isfantasy oriented than Lovecraft s, andweird than Howard s Lin Carter also provides a guess at a map of Hyperborea and an attempt at the chronological order of the stories if I have any quibble with the book it is that I prefer stories presented in order of when they were written, but that s a pretty minor complaint. Science Fiction, Adventure, FantasyContents Introduction Lin Carter Hyperborea The Muse Of Hyperborea Prose Poem The Seven Geases The Weird Of Avoosl Wuthoqquan The White Sybil The Testament Of Athammaus The Coming Of The White Worm Ubbo Sathla The Door To Saturn The Ice Demon The Tale Of Satampra Zeiros The Theft Of The Thirty Nine Girdles The World S Rim The Abominations Of Yondo The Desolation Of Soom The Passing Of Aphrodite The Memnons Of The Night Notes On The Commoriom Myth Cycle , By Lin Carter