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Zothique is a collection of fantasy short stories by Clark Ashton Smith, edited by Lin Carter. It was first published in paperback by Ballantine Books as the sixteenth volume of its Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in June 1970. It was the first themed collection of Smith's works assembled by Carter for the series. The stories were originally published in various fantasy magazines in the 1930s, notably Weird Tales.

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Cover of Zothique
AuthorClark Ashton Smith
Cover artistGeorge Barr
CountryUnited States
SeriesBallantine Adult Fantasy series
Published1970 (Ballantine Books)
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pagesxiii, 273 pp
Followed byHyperborea 

The book collects one poem and all sixteen tales of the author's Zothique cycle, set on the Earth's last continent in a far distant future, with an introduction and map and epilogue by Carter.


  • "Introduction: When the World Grows Old", by Lin Carter
  • "Zothique" (poem)
  • "Xeethra"
  • "Necromancy in Naat"
  • "The Empire of the Necromancers"
  • "The Master of the Crabs"
  • "The Death of Ilalotha"
  • "The Weaver in the Vault"
  • "The Witchcraft of Ulua"
  • "The Charnel God"
  • "The Dark Eidolon"
  • "Morthylla"
  • "The Black Abbot of Puthuum"
  • "The Tomb-Spawn"
  • "The Last Hieroglyph"
  • "The Isle of the Torturers"
  • "The Garden of Adompha"
  • "The Voyage of King Euvoran"
  • "Epilogue: The Sequence of the Zothique Tales", by Lin Carter