Clark Ashton SmithClark Ashton Smith
- August 14
), while best known today for his association with H.P. Lovecraft
and the Cthulhu Mythos
, stands on his own as a unique master of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. While Smith thought of himself primarily as a poet and wrote over 700 poems and prose poems, he is better known today for his short stories. Clark Ashton Smith was also a self-taught artist whose paintings, drawings, and sculptures reflect the fantastic worlds of his fiction.