Arthur Machen, 1863-1947

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Biographical note

Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella The Great God Pan [1890; 1894] has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror.

He is also well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

Machen's literary significance is substantial; his stories have been translated into many languages and reprinted in short story anthologies countless times. Machen's works was a significant part of the late Victorian revival of the gothic novel and the decadent movement of the 1890s, bearing direct comparison to the themes found in contemporary works like Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. At the time authors like Wilde, William Butler Yeats, and Arthur Conan Doyle were all admirers of Machen's works.

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