Random Notes, Random Lines by Donald Sidney-Fryer
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Published by our friends at Hippocampus Press! Edited by James Chambers. Cover art and design by Dan Sauer. 6x9 Paperback, 336 pages.
Donald Sidney-Fryer (b. 1934) has, for the better part of six decades, been a leading poet, critic, bibliographer, and fiction writer in the realms of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. His interests are prodigally vast, and every literary contribution he has made since his first publication in 1962 is vital and illuminating.
In this volume of essays and miscellany, we are treated to some of Sidney-Fryer’s most recent thoughts on a wide array of subjects. Whether it be the life and work of Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and Lin Carter, or the poetry of the such contemporary versifiers as G. Sutton Breiding and Frank Coffman, Sidney-Fryer always offers penetrating insight. And he writes charmingly about some of the engaging events of his own long and eventful life.
In the section “Random Lines: Poems in Verse and Prose,” Sidney-Fryer indites lyrics of impeccable beauty and metrical precision. And we are treated to a sheaf of poems written during his adolescence—poems that supply abundant hints of the towering literary figure he would later become.
Donald Sidney-Fryer, in his eighth decade of life, remains as vibrant and dynamic a writer as when he made his debut to the literary public so many years ago.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
O Brave New Sphere!
Letter to the Editor, Crypt of Cthulhu
Bard of the Hyborian Age
The Emperor of Dreams Comes into His Own
Dreams and Damnations: A Review
The Shadow of the Unattained
A Poetic Original
A Guidebook for Witches and Warlocks
House-Guarding for Friends
A Mistress of Major Spells
The Spenser Experiment
Gaspard de la Nuit and the Poem in Prose
Continuity Via Songs and Sonnets Atlantean
Brave World Old and New: The Atlantis Theme in the Poetry and Fiction of Clark Ashton Smith
Klarkash-Ton and “Greek”
A Report from Clark Ashton Smith Country
A Roundup of Recent Reviews
Interviews with Donald Sidney-Fryer
For Lin Carter
To S. T. Joshi
To an Alchemist of Dreams
Whim-Wham, Whimsy, Whim
On Visiting Edward Gorey’s House
“A Talismanic Incantation”
Wanderlust, Wonderlust, Wonderlost
A Lone Complaint
The Bird of Fire
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
Apples from Eden
A Modest Prince upon a Plinth
That Modest Prince upon His Plinth
An Immodest Artist Before His Easel
Queen Elizabeth II: 2018
The Garden Bench
An Autumn Promenade
The Seasons with Their Charms
A Mistress of Minor Spells
Heorte and Heorth
The Glass Elevator
Autumn the Painter
The Little Camel-Beast Who Could
Sometimes Lofty Towers
Helsingor, or Elsinore
Finis Coronat Opus
Winter in Vermont
My Little Forest
The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Autumn in New England