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  • Author: Arthur MACHEN
  • Publisher: Tartarus Press
  • Published: 2024
  • Description: Hardback, New
  • Dust Jacket Condition: New
  • Edition: Reprint
  • ISBN-13: 9781905784707
  • Ref: 15169
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This is the third Tartarus Press hardback edition published in 2024.  The title was originally published by E Grant Richards in 1906.  Unread.  Beautiful boards.

SYNOPSIS:  “This third Tartarus Press edition collects together some of Machen’s essential writing, augmented by Sidney H. Sime’s extraordinary original frontispiece and board illustrations and collects together some of his best-known, controversial, and curious fiction.

It contains ‘The Great God Pan’, his notorious 1890s tale of science and sex, and its accompanying story ‘The Inmost Light’, ‘The Three Impostors, containing ‘The Novel of the White Powder’ and the classic folk-horror tale ‘The Novel of the Black Seal’.  ‘The Red Hand’ is a ‘shocking’ tale of curious survivals from the past lurking just beneath the surface of everyday London.

Perhaps less well known, and in an altogether more sensitively supernatural vein is ‘A Fragment of Life’, a quietly ambitious and affecting tale of a seemingly ordinary suburban couple who receive intimations of a much more numinous way of life.

But the tour-de-force of the volume is Machen’s occult masterpiece ‘The White People’, a ‘stream-of-consciousness’ tale far ahead of its time, written with the utmost empathy and panache.”






House of Souls 2