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Vintage from Atlantis, a (1933) [Short Story]
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A crew of pirates have landed on a desert West Indian isle to bury their loot, and find a strange antique jar that has been washed up out of the sea. The thing is made of a strong, heavy, almost infrangible earthenware; but they manage to break off the neck with hammers, and discover that the jar is filled with a dark, aromatic wine. All of them drink the wine, excepting one Puritan abstainer who tells the story. After drinking it, they go mad and begin to babble in an unknown tongue, and to perform strange rites on the beach, including the sacrifice, in a very peculiar manner, of the pirate captain on an improvised altar. Some of them seize the Puritan, and make him swallow a little of the wine; and though he does not become so demented as the others, he has a shadowy vision of some monstrous being that comes up out of the sea, and of shimmering, mirage-like domes and walls that rise from the waters. He is overcome with terror, and flees in one of the boats to the ship, leaving the others to continue their mad revel, which ends in death.

First published in Weird Tales, September 1933.

Reprinted in:

  • The Abominations of Yondo (1960)
  • Poseidonis (1973)
  • Pirate Ghosts of the American Coast: Stories of Hauntings at Sea (1988)
  • Sea-Cursed (1994)

Original title: A Vintage from Atlantis
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHorrorGhosts

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Abominations of Yondo, the (1960) [Collection]
      Author: Clark Ashton Smith
     Poseidonis (1973) [Collection]
      Author: Clark Ashton Smith
     Pirate Ghosts of the American Coast: Stories of Hauntings at Sea (1988) [Anthology]
      Authors: H. P. Lovecraft , August Derleth , Henry Kuttner , Clark Ashton Smith , Robert Bloch , Washington Irving , John Masefield , Lady Eleanor Smith , Henry S. Whitehead , Carl Jacobi
     Pirate Ghosts of the American Coast: Stories of Hauntings at Sea (1988) [Anthology]
      Authors: H. P. Lovecraft , August Derleth , Henry Kuttner , Clark Ashton Smith , Robert Bloch , Washington Irving , John Masefield , Lady Eleanor Smith , Henry S. Whitehead , Carl Jacobi
     Sea-Cursed (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Edgar Allan Poe , Roger Zelazny , H. P. Lovecraft , Ray Bradbury , Roald Dahl , Arthur Conan Doyle , Clive Barker , Joseph Conrad , Joe R. Lansdale , Ramsey Campbell , A.E. van Vogt , William Hope Hodgson , Robert E. Howard , Clark Ashton Smith , Frank Belknap Long , Robert Bloch , Brian Lumley , Nancy Holder , Matthew Costello , Jack Dann , F. Marion Crawford , Hugh B. Cave , Donald Wandrei , Edward Lucas White , Jack Cady , Henry S. Whitehead , Robert Aickman , Arthur J. Burks , Philip M. Fisher , Robert H. Barlow
     Vintage from Atlantis, a (2007) [Collection]
      Author: Clark Ashton Smith

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