Sometimes you come across a minor discovery that isn’t worthy of a full-fledged exploration, but is of interest nonetheless.
This post might be considered a small correction to The Complete Poetry and Translations of Clark Ashton Smith, the associate and correspondent of Lovecraft. Within that work, we find the work, “The Sorcerer to His Love,” which begins:
Within your arms I will forget
The horror that Zimimar brings
Between his vast and vampire wings
From out his frozen oubliette.
The notes assure us that “Zimimar… is CAS’ invention.” Yet there is another possible source, as Zimimar is also cited in Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft:
AMAYMON king of the east, Gorson king of the south, Zimimar king of the north, Goap king and prince of the west, may be bound from the third houre, till noone, and from the ninth houre till evening.
Smith’s most likely source for this information was Spence’s Encyclopedia of Occultism, though I wouldn’t necessarily rule out other possibilities.
EDIT: Dan Clore published this discovery in his book Weird Words a couple years ago, but I have yet to see that book. Too damn much to read already.