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View all 4 comments. Joshi’s introduction gives a handful of machfn tidbits but no dramatic insights, and The Three Impostors and Other Stories is the first of three volumes from Chaosium, collectively comprising most of Arthur Machen’s short stories and novellas in roughly chronological order. Paperbackpages. Due to their influence on Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, A I read selected bits of this collection – “The Great God Pan” and “The Novel of the White Powder” – last year as support material for a Lovecraft Book Club, but I didn’t really settle down to get to know Machen until recently, when the imminence of the NecronomiCon reminded me that I’d promised not to show up to the convention again without having done all the reading.

And this unexpected lightness means the denouement of the stories — that blank moment of revulsion, when the horror is finally revealed — became, for me, even more effective for being somewhat unexpected. Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the s. James type gentlemen scholars and Robert E.

These are generally best avoided, if you want to live, but some people insist on being curious. Read more Read less. Certainly some parts work well as short stories in isolation but their necessity of fitting within the frame story is dubious.

It seems like “Inmost” or “Pyramid” could have been culled and “The White People” put in its place to make a definitive Machen weird tale single volume with a second volume aimed at more completist ventures. Get to Know Us. The episodic and sometimes confusing nature of the novel made it a little less enjoyable to read than the short stories, but overall, this is definitely a good collection. It’s an interesting take, though perhaps not a surprising one for a Victorian.


English Choose a language for shopping. There is much mystery a I did enjoy this story, the way that it was told, and the way that all of the threads were brought together in an horrific climax.

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Ok, I’ve gone back and forth and thought mavhen this review. Arthur Machen is a a little-known author of weird stories who strongly influenced H.

Machen’s point seems to be that great mysteries underlie our lives: A little creepy perhaps. Lovecraft and the group of stories that machfn later become known as the Cthulhu Mythos. Two of these tales–“The Novel of the Black Seal” and “The Novel of the White Powder”–are first-class works of imaginative fiction, and the entire book itself is entrancing, reminiscent of Stevenson’s New Arabian Nights machenn its descriptions of London–conveyed in musical, Swinburneian prose–make of this nineteenth century metropolis something as exotic and fantastic as the Baghdad of Haroun al-Rashid.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Joshi, there’s a great deal of charm in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy. Biblioteca personal Ediciones Orbis. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Mar 23, Mark R. In other words it hasn’t dated too well, lacking the effectiveness they might once of had. A me personalmente ogni racconto ha lasciato l’amaro in bocca, come se mancasse sempre qualcosa.

The Three Impostors and Other Stories

While the Chaosium version not an edition is impoostores, with a scholarly essay by J. That’s certainly obvious after reading the first story, “The Great God Pan,” with its themes of gods and monsters just beyond our world, able to be seen by those who can manage to get through to the “other side.

There is much mystery and supernatural overtone. Dyson is speaking for the author at this moment, but he is also setting himself up for some terrible shocks. Toss in a small twist to bring them back to together and you have a satisfying, but potentially so much more, product.


Still, the bookends–“Pan” and Impostors–are very worthy tales and Impotores sad it took me this long to read them. This book is the first volume of a three-volume set that contains his earliest stories. Author of Ecstasy and Sin. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It is his way of observing human nature.

Machen’s influence on H. Whenever the text calls for him to come clean, he squirms out of doing so through some cheap device or other. A good producer machej make a very good film of it. Common themes include the corruption of innocence, scientific endeavour in areas of the supernatural and the mysteries and beauty of late 19th century London.

This led to impotores first major success, “The Great God Pan”. My edition includes a selection of contemporaneous reviews that absolutely made my day: Machen next produced The Three Impostorsa novel composed of a number of interwoven tales, in I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

I like this sort of thing though, popularized now, or rather, exemplified in Lovecraft: Some of the finest horror stories ever written. The book was published without incident.

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Explore the Home Adthur Guide. Return to Book Page. His stories were mostly ignored at the time they were first written, though he was for a while able to make a living from them.