From The Abominations of Yondo, by Clark Ashton Smith, available to read via
The Eldritch Dark: The Sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith:
"Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961), perhaps best known today for his association with H.P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, is in his own right a unique master of fantasy, horror and science-fiction. Highly imaginative, his genre-spanning visions of worlds beyond, combined with his profound understanding of the English language, have inspired an ever -increasing legion of fans and admirers.
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If you’ve never read Clark Ashton Smith - and he is a far greater writer than either Lovecraft or Howard, in my opinion - this is a great place to start.