Hyperborea (collection)

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Hyperborea
Hyperborea.jpg
Cover of Hyperborea
Author Clark Ashton Smith
Cover artist Bill Martin
Country United States
Language English
Series Ballantine Adult Fantasy series
Genre Fantasy short stories
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
1971
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages xvi, 203 pp
ISBN 0-345-02206-8
Preceded by Zothique
Followed by Xiccarph

Hyperborea is a collection of fantasy short stories by Clark Ashton Smith, edited by Lin Carter. It was first published in paperback by Ballantine Books as the twenty-ninth volume of its celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in April 1971. It was the second themed collection of Smith's works assembled by Carter for the series. The stories were originally published in various fantasy magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s, notably Weird Tales.

The book collects one prose poem and ten tales of the author's Hyperborean cycle, set on a prehistoric lost northern continent Smith named for the mythological land of Hyperborea, with an introduction and map by Carter. One story from the sequence, the fragment "The House of Haon-Dor," is omitted. The editor also includes in the collection four additional tales of Smith's from what he took to be a similar but more fragmentary sequence of stories.

Contents[edit]

  • The World's Rim
  • "The Abominations of Yondo"
  • "The Desolation of Soom"
  • "The Passing of Aphrodite"
  • "The Memnons of the Night"
  • "Notes on the Commoriom Myth-Cycle", by Lin Carter