The Double Shadow: A Clark Ashton Smith Podcast

Episode #18: “A Vintage from Atlantis”

A transcription of this episode is available.

This week, we have a more modern pirate story in which a merry band encounter “A Vintage from Atlantis.”

This story originally appeared in the September 1933 issue of good ole Weird Tales, alongside stories by authors including: Robert E. Howard, Hugh B. Cave, and (we kid you not) Hung Long Tom.

Ager Falernus and Cecuba were known for Roman wines. Valdepeñas is a Spanish town with excellent soil for wine. We’ve learned in a note from a letter that this ending is a third rewrite, as requested by Farnsworth Wright.

In our next episode, we’ll wrap up the Poseidonis stories with “The Death of Malygris.”

Music by: Erdenstern

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  1. Genus Unknown says:

    Anyone else reminded a little bit of HPL and Sonia Greene’s “The Horror at Martin’s Beach?” A group of people fall under a hypnotic spell and are pulled to their deaths under the sea…

    Anyway, great episode, and I can’t wait for “The Death of Malygris.” Malygris is such a badass.

    • Ruth says:

      It’s not…entirely hypnosis in Martin’s Beach, though. I never really understood what was going on, but people got ensnared by some kind of magic rope that wouldn’t let them go. But yes, the horror of people going into the sea–although perhaps more horror in Martin’s Beach because they were aware of what was going on.

      • Genus Unknown says:

        In “Martin’s Beach” it’s a kind of sea creature that pulls the people in as revenge for killing its baby. I interpret the “rope” as a kind of tentacle, or like that thing on an angler fish’s head.

      • Ruth says:

        Tentacle-rope would make sense in that story.

        And we love “Death” too. Already recorded!

      • Genus Unknown says:


        Dat snake!