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Clark Ashton Smith

Wow – what fantastic imagery.  This is the opening paragraph of his story "The Abominations of Yondo":

The sand of the deserts of Yondo is not the sand of other deserts; for Yondo lies nearest of all to the world’s rim; and strange winds, blowing from a gulf no astronomer may hope to fathom, have sown its ruinious fields with the gray dust of corroding planets, the black ashes of extinguished suns. The dark, orb-like mountains which rise from its wrinkled and pitted plain are not all its own, for some are fallen asteroids half-buried in that abysmal sand.  Things have crept in from nether space, whose incursion is forbid by the gods of all proper and well-ordered lands; but there are no such gods in Yondo, where live the hoary genii of stars abolished , and decrepit demons left homeless by the destruction of antiquated hells.

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Ooohhhhh la la!  I think I am going to enjoy!

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