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3/25/2013

Ersatz Gods in the Public Domain

Who are some literary creators of imaginary gods whose work is now considered public domain? I can think of Dunsany and Lovecraft. Machen, I'm told. Ambrose Bierce. What about Clark Ashton Smith? Could we do some CAS gods without having to seek permission?

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  1. Apparently, all the works here: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories

    are in the public domain. :)

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    1. Uh-oh. Smithian mythos post coming up.

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  2. Arthur Machen, E.R. Eddison, Robert W. Chambers (King in Yellow . . .)

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    1. If this is your subtle way of calling dibs on the KiY, then he's yours, Matt.

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    2. See if you can incorporate Lovecraft's Tcho-Tcho Lama of Leng (the guy with the pallid mask). I've always imagined they were secretly the same godling.

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  3. Last I checked, C.A. Smith was *not* in the public domain, but his estate was fairly liberal with permissions. Eldritch Dark has permission from the Smith estate, so at least someone is claiming the works are still under copyright.

    That said, I doubt including any of his god would be a problem for this project, so long as large blocks of C.A. Smith text are not included verbatim.

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    1. Okay, that's good then. I don't plan to use any of CAS' text in PG.

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