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This volume contains sixty studies, mostly from real life, each of which, by its capacity for inspiring terror or causing amused wonder, qualifies as the 'Dread' or 'Droll' of Arthur Machen's general heading. 'To be able so to tell the bare truth that it seems a magnificent lie' is the qualification which has attracted Machen to the most outstanding of his narrations. When "Dreads and Drolls" was first published in 1926 it contained twenty-nine articles reprinted from London's "The Graphic".We have great pleasure in more than doubling that number by including all of his contributions from that magazine. To 'The Euston Square Mystery', 'The Adventure of the Long-Lost Brother' and others we have been able to add 'A Castle in Celtic Myths', 'A Pretty Parricide', 'One Night When I Was Frightened' and many more. There is a tendency towards the re-telling of notable eighteenth-century crimes among these 'Dreads' and 'Drolls', but Machen also manages to illuminate such a wide range of subjects as the Holy Grail, the 'Little People' and cookery. In this entertaining and diverse collection of essays, Machen manages to show how little human nature has changed through the centuries.We can admire Machen, in the words he uses to commend Grimaldi, as a man with an 'admirable scent for mystery and capacity of creating it'.
Arthur Machen (1863 1947) was born Arthur Llewellyn Jones in Caerleon in Wales. Moving to London, but living an impoverished existence, Machen eventually found success with his horror novella 'The Great God Pan', and soon after 'The Three Impostors'. Machen firmly established himself as a master storyteller of decadent supernatural horror, publishing several occult and weird tales with memorable plots and a real skill for the esoteric, creating dark and suspenseful atmospheres.
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A fascinating and wide-ranging selection of essays ....
22 September 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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...by a great writer. :-)
Hard to Explain "Dreads and Drolls"
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This is a collection of short pieces Machen wrote for the "The Graphic". They are mostly factual though some are fictionalized accounts of true stories. They include strange stories, bits of curiosity, oddities and even a ghost story. Typical titles: "The Strange Case of Emily Weston", "Morduck the Witch", "Casanova in London". a must-read for any Machen fan.