002 The Great Return / Arthur Machen / December 2017
Woefully under-appreciated, Arthur Machen is chiefly remembered today by horror fiction aficionados for stories he composed during the decadent period of the 1890’s. The power of Machen’s earlier, darker fiction lies in his adroit ability to convince us of unseen danger. And, this danger proves that we all have something real to lose… more than our very lives.
But, this is only one side of the master’s coin.
In The Great Return, a Welsh village is visited by three saints bearing the Holy Grail. Here, Machen lifts the fringe of the curtain to grant us a glimpse of something rarely attempted in supernatural literature. Not only do we have everything to lose, but we have everything to gain. Man comes into contact with the Divine and he is astonished beyond telling.
This annotated and illustrated edition collects: The Sangraal, a series of essays on the Holy Grail Legends by Arthur Machen. / New Essays by Ben Dolan & Joshua Sturgill.
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