The White People and Other Weird Stories

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Machen's weird tales of the creepy and fantastic finally come to Penguin Classics. With an introduction from S.T. Joshi, editor of American Supernatural Tales, The White People and Other Weird Stories is the perfect introduction to the father of weird fiction. The title story "The White People" is an exercise in the bizarre leaving the reader disoriented and on edge. From the first page, Machen turns even fundamental truths upside-down, as his character Ambrose explains, "there have been those who have sounded ...
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Overview

Machen's weird tales of the creepy and fantastic finally come to Penguin Classics. With an introduction from S.T. Joshi, editor of American Supernatural Tales, The White People and Other Weird Stories is the perfect introduction to the father of weird fiction. The title story "The White People" is an exercise in the bizarre leaving the reader disoriented and on edge. From the first page, Machen turns even fundamental truths upside-down, as his character Ambrose explains, "there have been those who have sounded the very depths of sin, who all their lives have never done an 'ill deed'" setting the stage for a tale entirely without logic.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the turn of the 20th century, Welsh author Machen (The Hill of Dreams) wrote tales about evil and "ecstasy" (his term for supernatural experience) that made a significant impact on horror fiction. For this volume, weird fiction scholar S.T. Joshi collects 11 key works that typify Machen's vision of the uncanny and the veil that keeps "the Beyond" mercifully concealed from mortal eyes. Included are his masterpieces "The White People," about an innocent's unwitting indoctrination into foul rites of sorcery; "Novel of the Black Seal," which uncovers the survival of a malignant race of "little people" in present times; and "Novel of the White Powder," in which a drug brings on a terrifying transformation in a victim who abuses it. Though the volume doesn't include Machen's best-known tale, "The Great God Pan," it features an insightful foreword by horror movie director Guillermo del Toro, which should help get the book into the hands of contemporary horror fans unfamiliar with Machen's magnificent legacy. (Oct.)
Times Literary Supplement
"As a selection of 'weird' short stories, The White People is a fine example of the precursor to what has become a popular subgenre of fantasy fiction, as well as a window on to the spiritual concerns of the Welsh author Arthur Machen (1863-1947): the veil separating the phenomenal world and the supernal realm is thin. While we may have forgotten the rituals, spells, charms and wards once used to commune with the spirits, the spirits have not forgotten us."
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"The pleasure of rediscovering these stories or experiencing them for the first time is sure to be amplified by the insightful foreword by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and the excellent introduction by S. T. Joshi." — Craig Smith

"As a selection of 'weird' short stories, The White People is a fine example of the precursor to what has become a popular subgenre of fantasy fiction, as well as a window on to the spiritual concerns of the Welsh author Arthur Machen (1863-1947): the veil separating the phenomenal world and the supernal realm is thin. While we may have forgotten the rituals, spells, charms and wards once used to commune with the spirits, the spirits have not forgotten us."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143105596
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 228,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Machen (Arthur Llewelyn Jones), a Welsh author of supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction, was born on March 3, 1863. He grew up in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, and attended boarding school at Hereford Cathedral School. He moved to London in 1881 and worked as a journalist, children's tutor, and publisher's clerk, finding time to write at night. By 1894, Machen had his first major success. The Great God Pan was published by John Lane, and despite widespread criticism for its sexual and horrific content, it sold well and went into a second edition. In the 1920s Machen's work became immensely popular in the United States, but Machen experienced increasing poverty; he was saved in 1931 by receiving a Civil List pension from the British government. Arthur Machen died on March 30, 1947. S. T. Joshi (b. 1958) is the author of such critical studies as The Modern Weird Tale (2001). His exhaustive biography, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), won the British Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is a Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist and designer. He is most recognized for his Academy Award-winning films, Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy film franchise. He is an avid fan of weird fiction and fantasy writing and the genres heavily inspire his movies.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Highly recommend

    For anyone who has not yet read this book, it is so well-written and the characters so engaging and funny! But behind the humor is a serious story that I could read again and again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Great read

    Amazing ending great cautionary tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Uh...

    The begining of the book is boing but around the end the suspemse picks up d mes th book better. I loved the ending, i just wish it was that suspensful the entire book.

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    Posted January 11, 2012

    Dorian Grey

    This was a good book a the movie is i guess ok in comparison. In reality we all have a little bit of Dorian in.
    Some alittle more than others.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    can't believe i never knew about this author

    arthur machen had an amazing mind. i had never heard of "weird fiction" before i bought this book; now i can't stop reading it! absolutely brilliant.

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