Pulp Appeal: “The Master of the Crabs” by Clark Ashton Smith (guest post by Anthony Perconti)

Posted: February 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

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Cover of Weird Tales March 1948
Cover of Weird Tales March 1948,

Clark Ashton
Smith’s “The Master of the Crabs” originally appeared in the March 1948 issue
of Weird Tales magazine. It is the
penultimate Zothique cycle fantasy published
in his lifetime. The supercontinent of Zothique is a geological patchwork made
up of sections of Asia Minor, Arabia, Persia, India, east Africa and the
Indonesian archipelago. It is the far future and the sun is nearing its
extinguishing point, dark sorcery is ubiquitous, and monarchs rule the populace
with an…

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