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The White People and Other Stories (The House of Souls) Paperback – 5 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watchmaker Publishing (5 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603863583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603863582
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,691,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second of a three-volumes collection of Machen's weird tales by H.P. Lovecraft's main editor S.T. Joshi. Perhaps the commentary in the introduction is too Lovecraft-centred, but the comprehensiveness and general care of this edition is worthy of mention. The tales are presented in chronological order, and cover approximately the period 1895 - 1920, i.e. the second half of Machen's golden decade and the years as journalist at the "Evening News".

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.
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Had been looking for Machen's work for years, and recently ordered this and one of the other anthologies.

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.
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Very scary story from a Great English Writer.
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I ordered the 3 books in this series and, oddly enough, this one is narrower than the other two... Apparently it was miscut by about 0,5cm further to the right edge of the book! I wonder if all the books in this release suffer from the same mutilation.
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