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Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by [Machen, Arthur]
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Arthur Machen is perhaps best known for his shorter supernatural and horror fiction. He first achieved notoriety in the Decadent 1890s with his story "The Great God Pan", and "The Bowmen" was the origin of the "Angels of Mons" myth during the First World War. "Tales of Horror and the Supernatural" collects together the best of Machen's shorter fiction and contains: "The Novel of the Black Seal", "The Novel of the White Powder", "The Great God Pan", "The White People", "The Inmost Light", "The Shining Pyramid", "The Bowmen", "The Great Return", "The Happy Children", "The Bright Boy", "Out of the Earth", N, "The Children of the Pool", and "The Terror".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tartarus Press (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AO9GME
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This beautiful book is basically a 'best of' collection of the work of a writer who would otherwise be far too difficult to get hold of! Among all the more significant of the older macabre writers Machen is one of the hardest to trace. Compared to Lovecraft, for instance. He is also one of the most individual horror writers I have ever encountered, with his strange stories persistently impossibly to classify with any ease. This book contains all his best shorter works, including The Great God Pan, that so-called "Incoherent nightmare of Sex", (which is probably the most famous of Machen's works to be included in this collection), The White People, The Shining Pyramid, The Novel of the Black Seal, The Bowmen, The Children of the Pool and more, as well as such larger scale works as The Great Return and The Terror.
I think that his 'The White People' is about one of my favourite pieces of writing ever - especially if you disregard the rather annoying prologue and epilogue, which in my opinion let it down badly. They add nothing whatever to the story. But that central section - the supposed diary narrative of a young girl involved with some very strange happenings - I just cannot get over it. It is just so - so perfect somehow and one of the few pieces I have read that can be said to have totally changed my attitudes towards fiction and imagination. Certainly it is no horror story as such - but it is filled full with that certain pagan frisson of magic that is central to a lot of British horror and dark fantasy even to the present day. I remember when I first read it - it just bowled me over. It is no exaggeration to say that I was so excited by it that I couldn't sleep that night!!
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Format: Paperback
This is Volume Two of Panthers edition of Machens works. This volume includes:
The Novel of the Black Seal
The Novel of the white Powder
The Bowmen
The Happy Children
The Bright Boy
Out of the Earth
N
Children of the Pool
The Terror
Essential reading for anyone studying the works of HP Lovecraft or Clark Ashton Smith, and an extremely important collection of Wierd Fiction in it own right.
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and perhaps too subtle for modern sensibilities. But I am a big fan of Machen so was not disappointed, but "The white People" it aint.
Now that is one of his best!
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I had a raggedy, second-hand copy of Book 2, containing some of the stories, so thought this would be a good acquisition. Three negative points: the US publisher omitted "The Bright Boy", which, though not supernatural, was in the original collection. The text was obviously scanned into a DTP, but the typographer used straight instead of curly quotation marks. The Index page numbers did not match up to the actual Chapters. I suppose that's why the book was flooged-off-cheaper.
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