Exclusive Spin: Clark Ashton Smith — Inferno, read by S.T. Joshi

Exclusive Spin / News / Special Features / April 27, 2016

On the heels of their successful The Hound/The Music of Erich Zann release (a Modern Vinyl 10/10), Cadabra Records are once again turning to the gloomy eldritch-themed world of horror with an upcoming 7″ titled Inferno — a compilation of Clark Ashton Smith poetry read by weird fiction and H.P. Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi. Smith was a writer, poet and Lovecraft contemporary known for his use of arcane language to tell his wild and imaginative stories. This will be the first time any of his work has been set to audio.

Personally, I’ve been blown away by what I’ve seen from Cadabra Records so far and I’m sure moving forward will feel the same. Spoken word horror was huge in the ’60s and ’70s with releases like Famous Monsters Speak and Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House, and while the Cadabra releases are definitely a bit darker in tone they hearken back to a time when horror was something to be experienced not only in the theater but on the turntable as well. Here’s the full press release for more details:

Spoken Arts label, Cadabra Records, announces the looming release of Inferno, an incredibly ominous limited 7” release, featuring the convoluted horror poetry of celebrated American writer CLARK ASHTON SMITH.

The Inferno EP marks the very first time any of CLARK ASHTON SMITH’s works have been set to audio, bringing five of his intensely visceral and pictorial poems writhing to life. For this macabre venture, the author’s words are delivered with gripping conviction through the voice of renowned horror literary scholar S.T. Josh, whom here delivers his first of such readings, the release scored with appropriately horrifying tones by dark ambient/industrial outfit Theologian.

Inferno will see release through Cadabra Records on June 3rd in an edition of 500 copies with three color variants, packaged in a six-panel gatefold sleeve featuring in-depth liner notes on the life and works of CLARK ASHTON SMITH written by S.T. Joshi, and strikingly evil artwork by Cadabra founder Jonathan Dennison. Preorder links for this limited release will go live on May 6th.

Inferno Track Listing:
Side A) Inferno, The Eldritch Dark, Nyctalops
Side B) Nightmare, To Howard Phillips Lovecraft

We’ll update you with pre-order information.


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Alan Miller
Alan is a songwriter and record store clerk living just north of Nashville, TN.






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