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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: A disturbing take on the idea in "Black Thirst", and not just because the beautiful women [[spoiler: are essentially bred like cattle to make their beauty more nourishing to the BigBad]]:
-->''You must have noticed the vacuity that accompanies perfect beauty in so many women--the force so strong that it drives out all other forces and lives vampirishly at the expense of [[BrainlessBeauty intelligence]] and [[BeautyIsBad goodness]] and [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful conscience]] and all else.''


* {{Bishonen}}[=/=]PrettyBoy: Yarol. This is apparently typical of people from Venus.



* DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.

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* DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst "Black Thirst" fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.


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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Both "Shambleau" and "Black Thirst" have {{Abstract Eater}}s who inflict MindRape or [[ImHavingSoulPains soul pain]] on their victims, and the former story also plays with the myth of Medusa.


* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries a heat-gun in a holster.

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* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries a heat-gun in a holster.[[SpaceWestern low-slung holster on his hip.]]


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* SpaceWestern: The character was actually created for a Western, and C.L. Moore just transferred him over. She kept the name 'Northwest' because it amused her to have a character with that name when there are no directions in space.


* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries one around.

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* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries one around.a heat-gun in a holster.


* HalfHumanHybrid: The titular character in "Nymph of Darkness."

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* HalfHumanHybrid: The titular character in "Nymph of Darkness."" Smith initially assumes the Shambleau is this.

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* VenusIsWet: Venus is depicted as dark and swampy.
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* StarfishAlien: In "Shambleau" the "cat girl" form is shown to be how the creature interacts with others, when it feeds it reverts to its true form of a tentacled mass.


* DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.



* DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.


DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.

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* DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.


* AncientAstronauts: A variation. It is implied that a prehistoric human civilization mastered spaceflight and brought back tales of the creatures they encountered on other world, inspiring later legends.

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* AllJustADream: Song in a Minor Key seems to be this as Smith dreams about his past, though it's never quite made clear how much was real.
* AncientAstronauts: A variation. It is implied that a prehistoric human civilization mastered spaceflight and brought back tales of the creatures they encountered on other world, worlds, inspiring later legends.legends.
* CatGirl: The titular Shambleau is one of these crossed with a Medusa.


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DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.


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* HornyDevils: Or the nearest alien equivalent, particularly Shambleau.


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* MysteriousPast: For a never explained reason, Smith was exiled from Earth. All we know was there was a girl, a fight with the authorities, and a burnt down house.


A series of science fiction stories written by CLMoore. Published in the famous pulp magazine ''WeirdTales'' between 1934 and 1939, the series consists of 12 novellas and one vignette. The series is notable for its rich style and emotional descriptions, something highly unusual in pulps at the time. The stories sit somewhere between classic pulp adventure, ambiguous fantasy elements, and a strong dose of Lovecraftian horror. Northwest Smith is a known smuggler and criminal in the spaceways of the solar system. He is most often broke throughout and will work for just about anyone provided they pay well. This is all just the background of the series however, as most of the stories detail NW's encounters with the strange creatures that remain from the solar system's ancient times. Which as it turns out, are quite a lot more numerous than you might think. He is often accompanied by his sinister Venusian partner, Yarol.

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A series of science fiction stories written by CLMoore. Creator/CLMoore. Published in the famous pulp magazine ''WeirdTales'' ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' between 1934 and 1939, the series consists of 12 novellas and one vignette. The series is notable for its rich style and emotional descriptions, something highly unusual in pulps at the time. The stories sit somewhere between classic pulp adventure, ambiguous fantasy elements, and a strong dose of Lovecraftian horror. Northwest Smith is a known smuggler and criminal in the spaceways of the solar system. He is most often broke throughout and will work for just about anyone provided they pay well. This is all just the background of the series however, as most of the stories detail NW's encounters with the strange creatures that remain from the solar system's ancient times. Which as it turns out, are quite a lot more numerous than you might think. He is often accompanied by his sinister Venusian partner, Yarol.



* "Quest of the Starstone" - A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character Literature/JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband HenryKuttner.

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* "Quest of the Starstone" - A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character Literature/JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband HenryKuttner.Creator/HenryKuttner.


A series of science fiction stories written by CLMoore. Published in the famous pulp magazine ''WeirdTales'' between 1934 and 1939, the series consists of 12 novellas and one vignette. The series is notable for it's rich style and emotional descriptions, something highly unusual in pulps at the time. The stories sit somewhere between classic pulp adventure, ambiguous fantasy elements, and a strong dose of Lovecraftion horror. Northwest Smith is a known smuggler and criminal in the spaceways of the solar system. He is most often broke throughout and will work for just about anyone provided they pay well. This is all just the background of the series however, as most of the stories dtail NW's encounters with the strange creatures that remain from the solar system's ancient times. Which as it turns out, are quite a lot more numerous than you might think. He is often accompanied by his sinister Venusian partner, Yarol.

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A series of science fiction stories written by CLMoore. Published in the famous pulp magazine ''WeirdTales'' between 1934 and 1939, the series consists of 12 novellas and one vignette. The series is notable for it's its rich style and emotional descriptions, something highly unusual in pulps at the time. The stories sit somewhere between classic pulp adventure, ambiguous fantasy elements, and a strong dose of Lovecraftion Lovecraftian horror. Northwest Smith is a known smuggler and criminal in the spaceways of the solar system. He is most often broke throughout and will work for just about anyone provided they pay well. This is all just the background of the series however, as most of the stories dtail detail NW's encounters with the strange creatures that remain from the solar system's ancient times. Which as it turns out, are quite a lot more numerous than you might think. He is often accompanied by his sinister Venusian partner, Yarol.


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* EldritchAbomination: Usually in disguise.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The titular character in "Nymph of Darkness."


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* InterspeciesRomance: For a sufficiently inclusive definition of "romance."
* MarsNeedsWomen: Sometimes Mars needs women, sometimes Smith needs Venusians, and sometimes Mars or Venus needs Smith.

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* IGaveMyWord: Yarol asks Smith for a promise in "Shambleau", because he knows that Smith's given word is inviolate.


A series of science fiction stories written by CLMoore. Published in the famous pulp magazine ''WeirdTales'' between 1934 and 1939, the series consists of 12 novellas and one vignette. The series is notable for it's rich style and emotional descriptions, something highly unusual in pulps at the time. The stories sit somewhere between classic pulp adventure, ambiguous fantasy elements, and a strong dose of Lovecraftion horror. Northwest Smith is a known smuggler and criminal in the spaceways of the solar system. He is most often broke throughout and will work for just about anyone provided they pay well. This is all just the background of the series however, as most of the stories dtail NW's encounters with the strange creatures that remain from the solar system's ancient times. Which as it turns out, are quite a lot more numerous than you might think. He is often accompanied by his sinister Venusian partner, Yarol. The stories are:

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A series of science fiction stories written by CLMoore. Published in the famous pulp magazine ''WeirdTales'' between 1934 and 1939, the series consists of 12 novellas and one vignette. The series is notable for it's rich style and emotional descriptions, something highly unusual in pulps at the time. The stories sit somewhere between classic pulp adventure, ambiguous fantasy elements, and a strong dose of Lovecraftion horror. Northwest Smith is a known smuggler and criminal in the spaceways of the solar system. He is most often broke throughout and will work for just about anyone provided they pay well. This is all just the background of the series however, as most of the stories dtail NW's encounters with the strange creatures that remain from the solar system's ancient times. Which as it turns out, are quite a lot more numerous than you might think. He is often accompanied by his sinister Venusian partner, Yarol. The stories are:
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* "Quest of the Starstone" - A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband HenryKuttner.

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* "Quest of the Starstone" - A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character JirelOfJoiry, Literature/JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband HenryKuttner.



* {{Crossover}}: With Moore's fantasy character JirelOfJoiry. This is not as mad as it sounds - both characters often end up in strange realms facing powerful, mysterious creatures and the word "magic" even pops up a few times in the Northwest Smith stories.

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* {{Crossover}}: With Moore's fantasy character JirelOfJoiry.Literature/JirelOfJoiry. This is not as mad as it sounds - both characters often end up in strange realms facing powerful, mysterious creatures and the word "magic" even pops up a few times in the Northwest Smith stories.



* SesquipedalianSmith: ''Northwest'' Smith.

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* SesquipedalianSmith: ''Northwest'' Smith.

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