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Old 11-14-2017   #971
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NO by Boyd Rice. It's alright.

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Just finished Arthur Machen's The White People and Other Weird Stories, this was really excellent, I loved the atmosphere in these tales, the sense of beauty and the hidden terrors. I very much look forward to reading more by Machen.
So now I have started reading Reggie Oliver's Masques of Satan.

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The Hill of Dreams, The Secret Glory, Ornaments in Jade, Far Off Things and Hieroglyphics are further essential Machen books. The Shining Pyramid and The Great God Pan are exceptional horror stories of his not included in the Penguin book. 'N' is a classic non-horror short story.

These books changed my life. Machen wasn't as consistent a writer as Aickman or Ligotti, but he was as powerful a visionary in his strangeness.

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The Hill of Dreams, The Secret Glory, Ornaments in Jade, Far Off Things and Hieroglyphics are further essential Machen books. The Shining Pyramid and The Great God Pan are exceptional horror stories of his not included in the Penguin book. 'N' is a classic non-horror short story.

These books changed my life. Machen wasn't as consistent a writer as Aickman or Ligotti, but he was as powerful a visionary in his strangeness.
Thanks for the recommendations James, you don't happen to know of any other decent collections or editions of these books and tales that I could check out?

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Tartarus have spoiled me when it comes to the presentation of Machen books. None of the rest have impressed me too much.

I am currently obsessed with Daphne du Maurier and her gothic genius.

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I've just started reading 'Dream English - A Fantastical Romance' by Wilfred Rowland Childe, having discovered it through a recent post on Mark Valentine's excellent Wormwoodiana blog:

Wormwoodiana: Dream English by Wilfred Rowland Childe - Centenary
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Just finished Reggie Olliver's excellent collection Masques of Satan, just outstanding ghost stories, really enjoyed it! Will have to pick up his other collections as well. Now I've started reading A Midwinter Entertainment from Egaeus Press to get into the Christmas spirit.

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... Now I've started reading A Midwinter Entertainment from Egaeus Press to get into the Christmas spirit.
I started that last week.
Truly enjoying it.
Now if only weather would stay seasonable.
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Last Words from Montmarte by Qiu Miaojin...


Also The Tarantula's Parlor and Other Unkind Tales by Léon Bloy. The title story is my favorite thus far.

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I revisited Frankenstein, a book I haven't read since I was very young. I genuinely don't know what to say; there's so much depth to Shelley's narrative that I just don't know where to begin. Aside from Shelley's repeated use of the word "countenance," it's pretty much a perfect novel. The fact that it was written by someone so young is just baffling. The book is a downright miracle, a literary treasure no one, especially me, deserves to read.

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