The White People and Other Stories (The House of Souls) Paperback – 5 Jul 2010
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Among all the works, "The White People" (published 1904) clearly stands out head and shoulder as the best tale, not only of this book but of Machen's entire production, and alone justifies the purchase of this collection. It is a masterpiece of the horror genre, considered by Lovecraft as the second-greatest horror story ever written, extraordinary for originality, subtleness and evocative power. The tale features at its core a fragment from a young girl's diary, where she recollects half-consciously her initiation to a world of paganism and black magic through her nurse's teachings and tales. Machen recreates the erratic and fluid writing style of a child with tremendous realism. This, as well as the magistral use of the allusion as a stylistic device, causes an enormous build-up of tension, utterly fascinating the reader and nailing him/her to the text until the end. The reticent and allusive character of the author's style may well give way to different interpretations of the story and compel the zealous reader to repeated readings to find his/her own explanation of the events. (I personally find the interpretation from Joshi/Lovecraft plausible but unsubstantiated).
The book's opening story, "The Red Hand" (p.Read more ›
They are good, but some can be a little hard going. Considering they were written 115 years ago though, they've held up pretty well.
If you're looking for 'Cthulhu Mythos' though, you might be a little disappointed.