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  • The Return of the Sorcerer,is a fictional short story a despirate ,young scholar young Noel Evans is hired by a wealthy recluse living Sorcerer John Carnby in Oakland, California, to translate passages from the “Necronomicon”written by Clark Ashton Smith . Noel Evans to translate an incomplete Latin source book, whose most fiendish passages involve the old wizards brother being flayed over burning coals and slowly dismembered.

==Book Editions==

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Golden Anniversary Anthology Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Tales cthulhu mythos 2.jpg Dust-jacket illustration by Jeffrey K. Potter for Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Author H. P. Lovecraft & Divers Hands Illustrator Jeffrey K. Potter Cover artist Jeffrey K. Potter Country United States Language English Genre(s) Fantasy, Horror short stories Publisher Arkham House Publication date 1990 Media type Print (Hardback) Pages xiv, 529 pp ISBN ISBN 0-87054-159-5

Arkham House released a new edition of Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos in 1990, edited by James Turner with a substantially different selection of stories, reflecting the editor's disdain for "Mythos pastiches in which eccentric New England recluses utter the right incantations in the wrong books and are promptly eaten by a giant frog named Cthulhu." It was released in an edition of 7,015 copies.

Turner eliminates some authors from the earlier edition and uses different contributions from others--while still suggesting that "a few of the earliest pieces in this volume...now seem like pop-cultural kitsch." The added stories, he writes, are from "the relative handful of successful works that have been influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos...exemplifying the darkly enduring power of H. P. Lovecraft over a disparate group of writers who have made their own inimitable contributions to the Mythos."[5] The contents are:

[edit] The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton SmithEdit

The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith.Edited by: Robert Weinberg.

Selected carefully by well-respected editor Robert Weinberg and with an introduction by award-winning author Gene Wolfe, The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith offers both readers and scholars a definitive collection of short fiction and short novels, by an overlooked master of fantasy, horror and science-fiction.by Clark Ashton Smith; edited by Robert Weinberg THE RETURN OF THE SORCERER offers both readers and scholars a definitive collection of short fiction and short novels by an overlooked master of fantasy, horror, and science fiction — Clark Ashton Smith Also available in a hardcover edition.


The stories by Smith came alive for a changed man.The collection offers a number of other great tales of horror and wonder, of which some of my favorites included “The Double Shadow,” “The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis,” and “The Monster of the Prophecy.” have trekked on distant planets, seen alien beings beyond my conception, and peered wide-eyed over the shoulders of reckless sorcerers reading from musty tomes of lore that should not be opened. have witnessed wonders and horrors beyond the knowledge of mankind. It was a wonderful experience. Though they comprise only a small part of his body of work, the stories of The Return of the Sorcerer reveal Smith as a man of staggering imagination, considerable poetic skill, and surprising literary depth. The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith.Edited by: Robert Weinberg.

Wildside Press, (2007). Table of Contents:

  • The Return of the Sorcerer
  • The City of the Singing Flame
  • The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis
  • The Double Shadow
  • The Monster of the Prophecy
  • The Hunters from Beyond
  • The Isle of the Torturers
  • A Night in Malnéant
  • The Chain of Aforgomon
  • The Dark Eidolon
  • The Seven Geases
  • The Holiness of Azédarac
  • The Beast of Averoigne
  • The Empire of the Necromancers
  • The Disinterment of Venus
  • The Devotee of Evil
  • The Enchantress of Sylaire

TelevisionEdit

"Night Gallery" The Return of the Sorcerer (1972)adaption of Clark Ashton Smith (short story "The Return of the Sorcerer") Jeannot Szwarc-director Writers: Halsted Welles (teleplay) Cast (Episode Credited cast)

Rod Serling... Himself - Host and series creator.

Night Gallery #29 ( 9-24-72 ) THE RETURN OF THE SORCERER A Sorcerer John Carnby hires a translator young Noel Evans to translate an incomplete Latin source book to divine the meaning of an ancient Arabic manuscript that has some grisly connection with his twin brother's death, whose most fiendish passages involve being flayed over burning coals and slowly dismembered.It is part of what often called H.P.Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.A fun episode with Vincent Price and Bill Bixby. It was a bit odd though, with Price laying the camp on with a broad brush and Bixby playing it straight. Quite a contrast which made the intention of the whole thing a little confusing

ComicsEdit

Appeared first time in DenSaga #3 (1993). Story: Clark Ashton Smith. Adapt/Color/Art: Richard Corben (printed sign © 1993 Richard Corben). Lettering: printed (Corben).

SPA: as "El regreso del hechicero" in Top cómics #6.

Style: Computer colors on black line. Genre: Horror. Time Span: Present day. Nudity: None. Keywords: Haunted house. Necronomicon. Brother. Sorcerer. Envy. Revenge. Story Origin: Clark Ashton Smith short story, "The Return of the Sorcerer". Synopsis: Unenployed guy gets work as translator from Arabic. Old guy wants him to translate verses of Nerconomicon; his brother was mighty sorcerer. Comment: Brilliant color artwork. Corben uses a lot of computer extras on this piece of art (and they works just brilliantly). Story of Clark Ashton Smith is brilliant likewise. Special: You can find almost a replica of opening pict of this story from Creepy way back twenty years ago, as an opening pict of the story of "The Low Spark of High Heeled Noise!" (1973)

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