A breath of fresh air, Machen writes exceedingly well and draws you slowly into a strong tale of the supernatural. These days in this genre there is a lot of horrendously written crap from people who just want to scare you and haven't got a clue about subtlety. Real horror is psychological, it doesn't go for the jugular, it slowly draws you in. The quality of the writing matters too, Machen was a real poet and had a lot of knowledge about the supernatural worlds, and experience. A delight all in all to read.