Today is Clark Ashton Smith's birthday. Smith is the most underrated of the 'three musketeers' of Weird Tales, but he is probably a better prose stylist than either of his comrades in words, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. I really only became a fan of CAS in the last few years, but have made it a point since then to read all of his stories. He shared the macabre imagination of HPL, but had a... more poetic and less pessimistic turn of mind than the Old Gentleman from Providence. Reading the letters between Smith and Lovecraft, it always seemed to me that Lovecraft felt he had found a kindred spirit in Smith. His letters to others often take the tone of teacher to student, but he seemed to consider Smith an equal and a fellow aficionado of the weird. The five excellent and highly collectible volumes of CAS from Nightshade Press have recently been made available as Kindle Ebooks and I highly recommend them. To learn more about Clark Ashton Smith I recommend the excellent page, The Eldritch Dark.