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I have been reading some of the short fiction of Clark Ashton Smith.  I'm sort of a sucker for early 20th century imaginative fiction inspired by the works of Lord Dunsany.  Oddly specific?  Maybe, but you are likely familiar with more of it than you might suspect *ahem* Lovecraft *cough*. 

Smith was actually a contemporary of Lovecraft and they wrote many letters to each other.  You might think of Smith as Lovecraft in California.  Smith tends more towards what we would recognize as a 'fantasy' fiction line, which makes his Dunsanian influence a little more obvious. 

As with Lovercraft, there are not a lot of victorious protagonists.  A lot of them read like the beginning of just about any fantasy novel, except instead of someone making a mistake and some heroic characters working hard and rising to fight against evil, someone makes a mistake and it ends badly for them more or less immediately.  So much for the hero's journey.

Someone should do a study of possible factors influencing the way imaginative fiction ends.  Do short stories tend to end more negatively than long fiction?  What roles do the development of society, technology and media popularity play?  Has there been a study?  Let me know.


Brett Grunig
United States
Current Residence: Rohnert Park
Print preference: Intaglio

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Pevansy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for adding me to your Deviant watchlist :) much appreciated

You have a fabulous style about your work, super gallery!
dokeshikurai Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Brett , thanks for the fav! nice work!
Kyngdok Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
You're welcome.  Certainly an intense portrait.
Daandric Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I like the mood/atmosphere in your works.
Kyngdok Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Thank you.  You have some excellent mood and atmosphere going on on your end as well. Very dramatic.
SunnyMothman200 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing work!
Kyngdok Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thank you!
tearherwrist Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i enjoy your printmaking
Kyngdok Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I like printmaking too. 
Printbookspike Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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