Something pushed out from the body there on the floor, and stretched forth
a slimy, wavering tentacle... Perhaps no figure better embodies the
transition from the Gothic tradition to modern horror than Arthur Machen.
In the final decade of the nineteenth century, the Welsh writer produced a
seminal body of tales of occult horror, spiritual and physical corruption,
and malignant survivals from the primeval past which horrified and
scandalised-late-Victorian readers. Machen's weird fiction has influenced
generations of storytellers, from H. P. Lovecraft to Guillermo Del Toro-and
it remains no less unsettling today. This new collection, which includes
the complete novel The Three Impostors as well as such celebrated tales as
The Great God Pan and The White People, constitutes the most comprehensive
critical edition of Machen yet to appear. In addition to the core late-
Victorian horror classics, a selection of lesser-known prose poems and
later tales helps to present a fuller picture of the development of
Machen's weird vision. The edition's introduction and notes contextualise
the life and work of this foundational figure in the history of horror.

Arthur Machen—The Great God Pan And Other Horror Stories

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