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In his essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” Lovecraft comments that they represent “perhaps the highwater mark of Machen’s skill as a terror-weaver. A second annoying habit in this section is a relentless withholding of information. In addition, this collection contains not only two short stories but also the novella “The Great God Pan,” one of the acknowledged classics of the weird tale.

Whenever the text calls for him to come clean, he squirms out of doing so through some cheap device or other. Howard action horror is instructive and disconcerting.

In Machen’s work, on the other hand, the scenes where the action takes place vary widely and sometimes strangely inappropriately, considering what takes place.

Of the various interlocked tales four of which are pitched as “novels”, fantastical stories told by one character to anotherthe two most important are “Novel of the Black Seal” and “Novel of the White Powder”.

The Three Impostors and Other Stories

Nov 16, Jeff Lewonczyk rated it really liked it. The second, the bulk, deals with sexual ho Ok, I’ve gone back and forth and thought about this review. I can see why Borges like it – it stands on its own as something completely unique. It also includes the novel or novella The Three Impostors. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I should like to know how the imagination of the author would work upon clean and wholesome lines. Each is haunted by a dark past and desperately searching for a deceptively harmless young man in spectacles.


But mixed with these are fine moments, especially Machen’s clarity of voice and vivid detail, that satisfy deeply.

The Three Impostors and Other Stories by Arthur Machen

But those stories are brilliantly unsettling horror. Published January 17th by Chaosium first published A must for Lovecraft fans. Picture to yourself a mysterious prologue, in which we are introduced to two men and a woman who are leaving a lks house in the suburbs of London. Some of the finest horror stories ever written. Bill Ramsell I recall one tentacle and one mass of gibbering protoplasm, but remember that Lovecraft, the creator of Cthulhu, was a great fan of Machen.

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Return to Book Page. The meeting point between the M. View all 6 comments. The writing is dull and over-ornamented, but Machen’s inventive concept nearly hits its target.

The narrative reached, at times, four levels deep. Chesterton – the unspeakable horror of a world beyond our understanding, as viewed from the vantage of an urbane, literary, often witty yet deeply religious late Victorian London. Dyson is speaking for the author at this moment, but he is also setting himself up for some terrible shocks.


If this book were expanded to include ‘The White People’ it would feature all of Machen’s truly essential short horror fiction from inpostores somewhat frustrating, but thoroughly fascinating career.

Lovecraft odiaba sus historias. Certainly some parts work well as short stories in isolation but macnen necessity of fitting within the frame story is dubious.

At the age of eleven, Mache Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the s. Get to Know Us. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

I’m not entirely certain the framing structure really works – other than to bring Machen’s recurring characters Dyson and Phillips in for cameos – but the tales themselves are creepily enjoyable, though the unreliability of the narrators will leave you wondering how much of what you’ve just read you can really trust. Fili conduttori di questi racconti sono: Nov 11, Doug rated it really liked it. The style of writing reminded me trez that of Arthur Conan Doylewhich should not surprise me, as he and Arthur Machen were contemporaries.

A little creepy perhaps. And the three imposters in this series of linked short stories are, once you can untangle the convoluted narratives, involved in some pretty horrible stuff.