A mystical, lyrical classic from the father of supernatural horror. Originally published 1907, it is widely regarded as Machen's finest lyrical work. It tells of a young man’s quest for beauty through literature, love, drugs and dreams.
This new edition for the Library of Wales includes a foreword by Catherine Fisher, whose acclaimed Oracletrilogy was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and is an international bestseller translated into over 20 languages.
"To read Machen is to journey into the heart of ecstasy and terror" - Mark Samuels
"One of the best horror writers ever" - Mark E. Smith
About the author:
Born Arthur Llewelyn Jones in 1863, Machen became one of the most influential writers of his generation. He drew on the dark landscapes of his Monmouthshire childhood, together with his adult life in bohemian fin-de-siécle London, to create magical and disturbing tales. His admirers include Stephen King, and H. P. Lovecraft, who described him as one of the four ‘modern masters of the horror story’.