In this weeks episode I’ll be discussing “The Ice-Demon” by Clark Ashton Smith. It first appeared in the April 1933 issue of Weird Tales. “The Ice-Demon” is a short story set in Smith’s Hyperborea Cycle.
Hyperborea is a lost continent located in the Arctic during the Pleistocene age. Much like Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age tales featuring Conan the Cimmerian, Smith’s Hyperborea is a fantasy setting.
The Ice-Demon takes place in Mhu Thulan, the icy northern region of the continent. Mhu Thulan is north of the kingdom of Iqqua, where two of the characters in The Ice-Demon are from.
Basically the story focuses on three characters, Quanga, the huntsman and two jewelers, Hoom Feethos and Eibur Tsanth both of Iqqua. It’s never said where Quanga hails from, but I would guess he was nomadic and lived off the land. He’s the main character of the story, he’s skilled in woodcraft and isn’t afraid of journeying to Mhu Thulan despite the superstitions surrounding the area. He’s also not above getting rich.
Read “The Ice-Demon” on the Eldritch Dark Website: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/96/the-ice-demon
Read Deuce Richardson’s Essay, “The Sword-and-Sorcery Legacy of Clark Ashton Smith”: http://leogrin.com/CimmerianBlog/the-sword-and-sorcery-legacy-of-clark-ashton-smith/
“The Ice-Demon” at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?69182
The Eldritch Dark Website: http://www.eldritchdark.com/
Clark Ashton Smith @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Ashton_Smith
Hyperborea Cycle @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperborean_cycle
Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com