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View all 10 comments. The reader is left wondering why everyone is so frightened.

Perhaps they already have. My edition includes trrs selection of contemporaneous reviews that absolutely made my day: Except it goes awry. 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”.

And there is some genuine comedy in his choice of characters, diletantish young men of sufficient if limited means who remain clueless of the world they have stumbled into until the final gory revelation. Mache of the chapters contain substories, which Machen for some reason calls “novels,” which have been frequently anthologized, namely, “The Novel of the Black Seal” and “The Novel of the White Powder. For all its delights there is a weakness in the middle of the book that I found rankling.

The Three Imposters is a strange little book, impostoers narrative about oos secret society’s efforts to retrieve a Roman coin “The Gold Tiberius”tred this “novel” macheb to be little more than a convenient device for telling a series of marvelous, horrific tales.

Books by Arthur Machen. LovecraftI was hoping for another author of the same caliber and perhaps somewhat similar to Algernon Blackwood.

A little creepy perhaps. Machen’s influence on H. Like a lot of nineteenth-century literature the main strand often relies very heavily on coincidence, which is probably not to everyone’s taste. Tampoco puedo ignorar el hecho de que la experiencia literaria se ha visto enriquecida por mi copia de la novela, repleta de anotaciones y subrayados de un antiguo propietario.


Instead of lower-class women murdered in the slums by an unknown male slasher, we have wealthy young men committing suicide in the most fashionable sections of London–and this time a mysterious woman seems to be involved. He has got to do simply this — to invent a wonderful story, and to tell it in a wonderful manner.

I’ll try to write a fuller review in time, but I was tempted to take off a few stars after finishing ‘The Shining Pyramid’. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

It was published in in UK, so the diction has its moments of old world British punctilio, but these are certainly no worse than anything found in other prominent Victorian writers. Joshi, there’s a great deal of charm in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy. 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.

Joshi’s introduction gives a handful of interesting tidbits but no dramatic insights, and there are no footnotes in the text as with say his Penguin Classics edition of The White People. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. And yes, I’m aware of how much geek was crammed into that sentence.

From another direction come the two main protagonists, Dyson and Phillipps, who take over from this point. 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.

The Three Impostors and Other Stories

The other two short stories are in the same vein; good but haven’t dated too well. Machen is, as should be, a little strange. It would have been nice loe give it a mqchen more space for ease of readability, though there are other options such as Delphi Classics’ ebook of Machen’s complete works for that purpose.

In he published his second work, the pastiche The Anatomy of Tobaccoand secured work with the publisher and bookseller George Redway as a cataloguer and magazine editor. Questi, infatti, hanno la stessa struttura: Share your thoughts with other customers. I’d almost assume this was Machen’s blackly comic intent were it not for Dyson’s ‘justification’ at the end.


They discuss some act which was performed and move on. Both Chaosium and Joshi approach Machen from the Lovecraft direction of course, though I don’t think it particularly helpful to retrospectively view him through that lens.

The Three Impostors and Other Stories by Arthur Machen

However, the stories loa beautifully crafted, leaving its readers, as Machen no doubt intended, with a tingling sense of dread and foreboding. Trivia About The Three Imposto Goodreads helps you keep imposores of books you want to read. Thus, though he would write some of his greatest works over the next few years, some were published much later. At one moment, the sun may be shining; at another, one is lost in evil, with the faerie folk and witches and ogres bending our idea of what is real and proper into a cocked hat.

So not scary, and nothing really is unless you believe it’s possible.

Prima di esprimere il mio giudizio su questo libro vorrei chiarire a tutti quale sia il suo contenuto, visto che, come troppo spesso accade, la quarta di copertina si perde in frasi roboanti senza informare per nulla il lettore. 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.

Jun 27, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It was short stories but they all fit together. The first, and smallest, is the best: