Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams (DVD)


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This new documentary, written, filmed, and directed by Darin Coelho Spring, premiered at the 2018 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. This remarkable documentary is an exploration and celebration of the life and work of Clark Ashton Smith.

"Clark Ashton Smith was a poet, fantasist, sculptor, and painter. While mostly remembered for his pioneering work in 1930s pulp magazines alongside H. P. Lovecraft, he is considered by many to be the last great romantic poet and a unique visual artist with a large range of work in the outsider vein.

This lyrical feature-length documentary explores smith's work and life as a solitary artist living in Auburn, a small rural town in Northern California. It features interviews with leading scholars in the field, such as S. T. Joshi, Scott Connors, and Ron Hilger, as well as legendary writer of speculative fiction, Harlan Ellison. Donald Sidney-Fryer, groundbreaking Smith scholar, is featured as a sort of tour guide to Smith's Auburn.

Even though he toiled mostly in extreme obscurity, Smith's art contains multiple prophecies of future ascension or rebirth of his work. The time appears nigh..."

DVD Special Features:
Leeman Kessler as H. P. Lovecraft
Ashley Dioses reading "The Witch with Eyes of Amber"
K. A. Opperman reading "The Tears of Lilith"
Charles Schneider reading "Nyctalops"

Cover artwork by The Art of Skinner
DVD edition
Region Free / NTSC
110 minutes + special features