The author’s name is a pseudonym based on Clark Ashton Smith’s name. The author behind the name is likely Simon Whitechapel, who has written a respectable amount of Smith pastiche before—some of them lauded as the best tribute to CAS.
Anyone who can read a Clark Ashton Smith story without reaching for the dictionary at least half-a-dozen times is either extremely well-read in a lot of recondite corners of literature or has read the story a few times before.
[…] watching the way he deploys the illimitable resources of his lexicon is, for me, one of the most enjoyable things about his work. When he uses an unusual word, it’s always because it’s the right word for the occasion, never simply for the sake of it.
I prefer typography content over erotic literature, but I have to say, the vocabulary employed to describe raunchy scenarios is deeply intriguing to me. Here is a sample of Smythe’s writing, from “The Vulviflora of Vuutsavek” in Tales of Sex and Sorcery:
Girls swallowed; seeds sprouted; florists succored: till at last the buds of the vulviflora, the quim-flowers wherefor the emperor waited, began to show between the girls’ writhing netherlips, having crept down the quim-sheath between orgasms.
But what actually caught my attention about this book is not the prose, but the typography on the cover—a cover designed by Steve Lines, and featuring a painting called The Cave of the Storm Nymphs by Edward Poynter (1836–1919).
It surprised me to find out that Fanfare does not consist of different widths; instead, it seems the author’s name is set in the original Fanfare, while the two lines of the title are horizontally stretched to fill the space. The distortions that emerge from such stretching would normally become quite obvious. But in this case, those distorted features are largely camouflaged by thevariance in stroke weights in Fanfare, as well as the weight inconsistencies seen in some letters (look at the meager C, for instance).
The publisher’s information at the bottom of the cover is set in a manually compressed Times New Roman Medium.
What’s the source for this info? If it’s the OPTI Fonts Archive, then that’s an error. At least the Flake shown in Castcraft’s 1978 catalog isn’t related to Fanfare – it’s rather an all-caps version of Fantail.