The White People

The White People Of living creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch few if any can hope to equal the versatile Arthur Machen H P Lovecraft Actor journalist devotee of Celtic Christianity and the H

  • Title: The White People
  • Author: Arthur Machen
  • ISBN: 9781419187827
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Of living creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few if any can hope to equal the versatile Arthur Machen H.P Lovecraft Actor, journalist , devotee of Celtic Christianity and the Holy Grail legend, Welshman Arthur Machen is considered one of the fathers of weird fiction, a master of mayhem whose work has drawn comparisons to H P Lovecraft and Of living creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few if any can hope to equal the versatile Arthur Machen H.P Lovecraft Actor, journalist , devotee of Celtic Christianity and the Holy Grail legend, Welshman Arthur Machen is considered one of the fathers of weird fiction, a master of mayhem whose work has drawn comparisons to H P Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe Readers will find the perfect introduction to his style in this new collection With the title story, an exercise in the bizarre that leaves the reader disoriented virtually from the first page, Machen turns even fundamental truths upside down There have been those who have sounded the very depths of sin, explains the character Ambrose, who all their lives have never done an ill deed.

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    1. Penguin has done a great service in publishing this splendid selection of writings by Welsh author Arthur Machen (1863-1947), which includes a most insightful introductory essay by S. T. Joshi along with a Forward by Guillermo Del Toro. A listing of the tales in this collection runs as follows: The Inmost Light, Novel of the Black Seal, Novel of the White Powder, The Red Hand, The White People, A Fragment of Life, The Bowmen, The Soldiers' Rest, The Great Return, Out of the Earth, The Terror. Ra [...]

    2. “There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.”― Arthur MachenChristian mystic, member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and a master writer of the weird tale. Arthur Machen was all three, with an interesting evolution as a [...]

    3. "Oh day and night, but this is wondrous strange!" Those words from Hamlet kept coursing through my mind as I read this marvelous collection. Machen taps into a deep Gnostic tradition in this work, positing these mysterious tales in deliberate counter-point to the industrial rationalism of his (and our) day. It's quite a heady reading experience and so unlike the typical realistic tapestry upon which most writers work. I felt like I was being led by the hand into magical realms that were both str [...]

    4. Based on Eddie's STELLAR(/review/show/) of another Machen novel, i read this short story on my break today. First of all, the introduction is one of the most amazing explorations of the notion of evil that I have yet to read, and was a perfect transition from Wise Blood, a much-later novel exploring similar issues. This story, however, examines sin from a very different angle than O'Connor the Catholic's approachnCatholicThe text concerns a young girl and her stories of seemingly innocent deeds [...]

    5. Arthur Machen, author of one of my all-time favourite novels The Hill of Dreams, and the man who helped lift the veil of materialism from my eyes, was an artist of stark, untamed genius. I would give this book five stars for the power and uniqueness of Machen's writing, but must comment that he is a writer who must be judiciously presented to a modern audience. The man's career was a strained, tortured effort to create in prose impressions of mystery and awe he felt on a profound level – not a [...]

    6. Como ya comentaba en 'El gran dios Pan y otros relatos de terror', el galés Arthur Machen fue una gran influencia para H.P. Lovecraft, llegando a utilizar éste algunos nombres y referencias en obras tan significativas como 'El horror de Dunwich'.Toda la obra de Machen está rodeada de ese halo mágico y misterioso de los profundos bosques y montañas galesas, donde es posible soñar con la gente pequeña, esas malévolas criaturas pre-célticas que se mantienen ocultas a nuestra presencia. Ley [...]

    7. I reread this work, originally written in the 1890s and published in 1904, in preparation for teaching my course on H.P. Lovecraft. In Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft writes that "Machen's narrative, a triumph of skilful selectiveness and restraint, accumulates enormous power as it flows on in a stream of innocent childish prattle." It is a fascinating story. Two men discuss the nature of evil and then consider the diary of a (now dead by her own hand) young girl, which contains her [...]

    8. I read two thirds of this intriguing collection of stories before returning it to the book shelf. There's no doubt about it: Arthur Machen was an intriguing author, with a lot of very strange ideas that definitely earn the title of 'weird stories'.I think one reason why I didn't stick it out to the end was that, despite the huge amount of variation between the stories (length, context, style) they all seemed to have very similar thematic undertones, i.e. that there is a world beyond this one occ [...]

    9. Arthur Machen is a writer I have known about for ages, mostly due to the high praise he got from H.P. Lovecraft. Now my first reading of Machen was a highly enjoyable one, and I really liked the tales in this collection. His anti-materialistic views and reverence of nature make for a great backdrop to his tales and I loved that his stories are filled with stunningly beautiful imagery and strangely hidden terrors. The thing I liked best about his stories was the use of old folk tales and legends [...]

    10. THE WHITE PEOPLE and Other Weird Stories. (1904-1925; this ed. 2011). Arthur Machen. ***. I’ve given this collection three stars not because I liked it, it was more from it’s potential value for this particular genre. Although I would have classified Machen’s (1863-1947) type of writing as fantasy or horror, the subtitle used for this collection provides a better category name: weird. Most of the stories are concerned with the presence and/or interaction of beings on the side of the spirit [...]

    11. After being quite disappointed with The Great God Pan, I felt a certain obligation to give Machen another shot, given all the Lovecraft comparisons he had received. And with this collection, I was pretty legitimately impressed. Time and time again, the Victorian man of science gets his ass handed to him by darker, weirder forces than he could have imagined, all rooted in the pagan past that, in Machen's time, certainly still lurked in the wilder corners of the British Isles. Not every story was [...]

    12. Arthur Machens the White People allows us a peek into an otherworld that at once revolts and captivates. The greater part of the story is told from the perspective of a young girl as she records her exploration of a forbidden landscape. She has come into esoteric knowledge that allows her to enter into an enchanted dimension that is both full of wonder and dread. The world that she traverses as it is described so simply and powerfully by Machen held me spellbound, and stayed with me long after I [...]

    13. It's a delight to reread Arthur Machen. One can admire his craft, his passion for the otherworldly and for nature. It's even more of a pleasure to read his stories for the first time. I've read some of these before, over the years, and relished the chance to immerse myself in tales of beauty and the supernatural.

    14. Machen, unusually for a weird fiction author of his era, could really write. I know he influenced Lovecraft and CA Smith, among others, but he is a titan in comparison to those writers when it comes to style. The two "flagship" stories in this collection, the eponymous "The White People" and "A Fragment of Life", are really exceptionally good, worth the price of admission alone. I'd read "The White People" itself long ago and it seems to have only got better in the mean time - it's no exaggerati [...]

    15. Actually, it was not this exact book that I read and I'm going to review just now. The one that I actually read is 'Tales of Arthur Machen' but it seems to be rather difficult to find, so this one will have to do. Besides, it's not much what I have to say about Mr. Machen. All of his work (well, at least what I've read of his works so far) is redundant and extremely boring. What about 'The white people', that so-called “grandiose” tale of supernatural forces unknown to mankind? Pure crap, th [...]

    16. Arthur Machen was a Welsh writer of weird fiction who worked in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Before I read this collection I was only familiar with his most often anthologized story, "The Great God Pan." This collection really blew me away. Particularly fine was the final story, "The Terror", a novella about mysterious deaths in Wales during the summer of 1915. Also superior were the stories, "The Novel of the Black Seal" and "The Red Hand", but all the stories in this collection were very go [...]

    17. If you are a fan of HP Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, EA Poe, Bradbury, should already know and/or have read Machen. If you somehow have missed him many haveis is a GREAT new collection of his stories - only missing Great God Pan and Hill of Dreams to make it perfect. The aura and ambiance created in Machen's tales are without peer . . . and while he seems prone to the run-on descriptive mega-long paragraph, the whole of the stories flow over you like a gentle river until you find yourself w [...]

    18. ok, here we go. I listened to the Librivox recording of this story. I'm glad I did. if I had read this I doubt I would've made it past the 1st part. the recording is broke up into 3 parts. the first part Ambrose & buddy are talking about sin. I felt like that whole section was nothing but him repeating everything over & over and it was very heavy, not idea to listen to while you work!;) the 2nd part is the stories. I enjoyed this part very much. then the last part was Ambrose & buddy [...]

    19. Highly recommended for Lovecraft fans, the White People is not some sort of supremacist fiction if any are frightened by the name. At first I really enjoyed the collection, stories 1 and 2 read like Lovecraft + good characterization, however as the stories continued things seemed to meander somewhat. While there were some powerful individual scenes and intriguing premises overall the stories were difficult for me to get attached to and I found myself longing to finish each story to get them out [...]

    20. Some very good stories in here, especially the Novel of the Black Seal, Novel of the White Powder, The Red Hand, and The Terror. Gets a little dull in the middle, mostly because A Fragment of Life starts out fantastically mundane (the central couple spends 5 pages of debate over which stove to purchase) and then goes a little haywire. I'd like to read more Machen, because he's a much better writer than Lovecraft, and the stories are in the same vein.

    21. Brilliant edition of one of the best horror authors of all time. "The White People" will change how you view children and nature forever. "The Novel of the Black Seal" is probably the scariest thing I've read this side of Mieville. My only complaint (4.5 stars) is that the anthology doesn't include "The Great God Pan," which took me three reads to figure out -- it's so claustrophobic and sparse at the end.

    22. Well, to buy. I've read The White People and find it fascinating,I'm happy to see it in a Penguin collection.

    23. This was so well-written I was literally on the brink of tears at times, and it's also a pretty horrifying tale when it wants to be.

    24. The title story, "The White People," sets up a distinction between sin and malicious action. Sin, so the argument runs, does not actually entail what western civilization commonly believes. An act of murder, even cold blooded murder carried out with malicious intent, is not in and of itself a sin. Though we rightfully imprison murderers, their actions are bad not due to any inherent wickedness but because the deeds disrupt and forestall the normal function of society in general. Morality then is [...]

    25. There are some very good short stories in this collection. A good case is the title story which - although it has a stumbling start, with a very slow, wordy, introductory setting – moves into a luminous stretch of writing, which moves forward at a lick, in the first person, and build relentlessly the kind of subtle weirdness that I relish. This story was a gem and the high-light of the collection. There are many others worthy of note. These are well written and nicely subdued. However, too man [...]

    26. ‘…it is only by the inexplicable things that life can be explained’ — or so says Arthur Machen in his short novel of wartime weirdness, ‘The Terror’. Perhaps to be included among these ‘inexplicable things’ is the fact that this collection from Penguin Classics doesn’t include Machen’s most famous tale, ‘The Great God Pan’, despite the fact it’s the only story mentioned by name (twice, at that) in Guillermo del Toro’s foreword, is the first story mentioned by editor S [...]

    27. Having never heard of this author, i was in my local bookstore browsing some fantasy shelves when a book fell over and revealed this hidden gem to me. Intrigued by the cover art i decided to pick it up and i have to say it hasn't disappointed me. As the title indicates this is a collection of works from Arthur Machen, the most famous one being 'The white people'. All of the stories are interesting and some keep you wondering in a positive way. The only issue i have with is style is that he somet [...]

    28. I want to give this book a five and at the same time I want to give it a three. Why am I so torn. Well on the positive side Arthur Machen is a wonderful prose writer. You know how sometimes you're reading something and every word just seems to fit into place in a way that is remarkable and almost makes the words disappear as the story emerges. Well Machen's masterful writing will do that to you. So on that side I want to give him a five. However, the stories themselves always find a way to disap [...]

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