Monday, July 20, 2020


Read "Ougabalys" at The Eldritch Dark:

As well befits a published appearance in Weird Tales magazine (January 1930), "Ougabalys" packs a wonderful weird punch, as we find Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) really hitting his stride.  The opening stanza alone is worth the price of admission:

In billow-lost Poseidonis
I was the god Ougabalys:
My three horns were of similor
Above my double diadem,
My one eye was a moon-wan gem
Found in a monstrous meteor.

The poem may end with the drowned dreams of the mighty god, but the preceding stanzas are full alien and exotic wonder, the very sort of thing that CAS was so very good at describing (whether in verse or prose).

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