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Steerpike
Posted on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 01:49 pm:   

Hello,

Is there a delay with the Clark Ashton Smith collection?

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Flay
Posted on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 01:50 pm:   

Back to Gormenghast with you!
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 06:51 pm:   

We're waiting on the editors to finish with the texts. Without the texts, we can't do layout, can't get the intro, etc. So once they get done and get them to us, we'll have this on the fast track for release.
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AntonyS
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 12:28 am:   

Any Estimates as to the possible date for the first one


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Scott Connors
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 02:55 am:   

Volume one of the Night Shade Books edition of Clark Ashton Smith's Collected Fantasies is almost finished. The first volume took a little bit longer than expected because of difficulties in obtaining copies of the relevant manuscripts and typescripts from various institutions; certain repositories, it seems, are sadly deficient in facilities for making microfilms of their holdings, and when the microfilm department themselves has its own project underway that takes priority, that just pushes everything else back. We're aimming for a Valentine's Day completion date.

Also, I recently experienced a recurrence of an on-going problem with depression that basically caused progress to grind to a halt. I am back on my meds now, and the mental block that prevented me from working on anything not related to my regular occupation (ironically, I'm a psychiatric nurse...) has been removed, so things are flowing again. I apologize for this delay, and extend my apologies to you all.

It looks as if we should be able to release two, (possibly three) volumes this year. This is meticulous work, involving comparison of surviving typescripts with published versions and with successive drafts, establishing a style-sheet regularizing Smith's often inconsistent usages, and attempting to restore material excised for editorial reasons while retaining those revisions from later revisions that look to be for aesthetic reasons and not to satisfy editorial caprices in order to ensure a sale. Both Ron Hilger and I are checking each story, and we have a constant dialogue underway concerning the changes we discover. We've also been fortunate to acquire access to some mss in private hands that provide significant insights into CAS's writing process.

It is our intent that this be as definitive an edition of Smith's fantasies as is possible, restoring his authorial intent insofar as this possible to determine. It is well worth waiting for. Thank you all for your patience.

Best wishes,
Scott Connors
Series Editor

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