One of the great masters of horror fiction. --Clive Barker
Arthur Machen's stories... are inspired by a genuine emotion. He hardly ever wrote merely to frighten others; he did so because he knew he lived in an alien world. --Jorge Luis Borges
About the Author
Born and brought up in Monmouthshire, Machen's tales of bohemian fin-de-siecle
London were coloured by the dark and mysterious landscapes of his childhood. A contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats all of whom admired his work tremendously, Machen's legacy is central to gothic fiction in the twentieth century. His great literary significance was recognized by H. P. Lovecraft who named Machen as one of the four 'modern masters' of supernatural horror.