The White People and Other Weird Stories by Arthur Machen
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...the typical Machen story is a terrific thing, although the terror that his first readers might have felt will have matured, a century after composition, into something approaching cosiness.
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Classic tales of the fantastic, creepy and weird, with a foreword from Guillermo Del Toro 

Machen's weird tales of the creepy and fantastic finally come to Penguin Classics. With an introduction from S.T. Joshi, editor of American Supernatural Tales, The White People and Other Weird Stories is the perfect introduction to the father of weird fiction. The title story "The White People" is an exercise in the bizarre leaving the reader disoriented and on edge. From the first page, Machen turns even fundamental truths upside-down, as his character Ambrose explains, "there have been those who have sounded the very depths of sin, who all their lives have never done an 'ill deed'" setting the stage for a tale entirely without logic.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


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About Arthur Machen

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Arthur Machen (Arthur Llewelyn Jones, 1863-1947) was born and raised in Wales. He moved to London in 1881 and worked as a journalist, children's tutor, and publisher's clerk before finding literary success in 1894 with the story "The Great God Pan." Guillermo del Toro is a film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and designer. He is best known as the director of Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy franchise.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Penguin Classics. 420 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jan 10 2012

...the typical Machen story is a terrific thing, although the terror that his first readers might have felt will have matured, a century after composition, into something approaching cosiness.

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