“For a long time, Smith’s The Red World of Polaris was assumed to be lost. It was the El Dorado of Smith fanatics. But a copy turned up a few years ago – it was nothing short of a miracle. The people at Nightshade Books published it, along with the rest of Smith’s Captain Volmar stories, of which Red World is one. God bless ya, Nightshade Books.”—Arvidland
Red World of Polaris has for many years been the holy grail for Clark Ashton Smith fans. A tale of Captain Volmar, it's been oft discussed but never seen, until now. Night Shade is proud to present Red World of Mars, a Clark Ashton Smith mini-collection of Smith's Captain Volmar stories, including the never before published novella, "Red World of Polaris.". Along with the title novella, it includes the other Volmar stories as well: "Marooned in Andromeda", "A Captivity in Serpens", "The Ocean-World of Alioth". Ronald Hilger contributes the introduction, "The Magellan of Constellations: An Introduction" and Donald Sydney-Fryer the afterword, "Captain Volmar and Crew: An Afterword".
Clark Ashton Smith was a self-educated poet and author best remembered for his short stories of fantasy, horror, and the supernatural published in genre pulp magazines such as Wonder Stories and Weird Tales in the late 1920s and 1930s. Smith died in 1961 in California.