Carbload for Cthulhu featuring Donald Sidney-Fryer

Author Reading
The Arcade
Date and time: 
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Come nosh on abominable libations of the morning pastry kind, and enjoy various entertainments. This event features an exteded reading of his own work by one of the foremost Poets of the Weird, Donald Sidney-Fryer, and a sneak peek at the forthcoming feature length documentary, Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams by Darin Coelho.

Poet, performing artist, critic, and literary historian, Donald Sidney-Fryer is the last in the great line of California Romantics that reaches from Ambrose Bierce to George Sterling, from Sterling to his protégé Clark Ashton Smith, and from Smith to his disciple Sidney-Fryer.
During his long career Sidney-Fryer has given dramatic readings across the U.S. and Great Britain. He has written and edited more than two dozen books and booklets. He has edited seven books by Smith, in addition to A Vision of Doom, fifty of the best poems by Ambrose Bierce, and Emperor of Dreams: A Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography.

As a poet he crafted Songs and Sonnets Atlantean (the first series), the final book to appear from Arkham House under the personal supervision of its founder August Derleth; as well as the Second Series, published by Wildside Press; and the Third Series, brought out by Phosphor Lantern Press; all now subsumed into an omnibus edition.

Moreover, Sidney-Fryer has accomplished his chief prosodic innovation, the creation of the Spenserian stanza-sonnet.
Although he resided in California during 1955–2017, the self-styled Last of the Courtly Poets presently lives in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.

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Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams (sneak preview excerpt)

Directed by
Darin Coelho
Donald Sidney-Fryer, Harlan Ellison, S. T. Joshi, Skinner, Cody Goodfellow, Scott Connors
30 mins
 | 2018
 | United States
 | English

A sneak peek at the feature-length documentary about poet, artist and fantasy writer Clark Ashton Smith. (Courtesy of Hippocampus Press and Darin Coelho.)

H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival – Providence, RI