The Terror And Other Stories: Vol. 3 Of The Best Weird Tales Of Arthur Machen (Call Of Cthulhu Fiction)
The Terror and Other Stories: Vol. 3 of The Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen (Call of Cthulhu Fiction)
Arthur Machen produced some of the most evocative weird fiction in all literary history. Written with impeccably mellifluous prose, infused with a powerful mystical vision, and imbued with a wonder and terror that he felt with every fiber of his being, his novels and tales will survive when works of far greater technical accomplishment fall by the wayside.
The Terror is a short novel that inspired a host of imitations of its basic plot—animals turning against human beings—ranging from Philip Macdonald’s brief tale “Our Feathered Friends” to Daphne du Maurier’s much better-known (but sadly mediocre) novelette, “The Birds.” The Terror reveals several features characteristic of Machen’s later fiction. The first, perhaps, is frank autobiography. The first-person narrative voice not only seems to be Machen himself, but he plays upon his own role as a journalist and reporter.
There is no deliberate intent to deceive; but the circumstantiality of his account, and its generally reportorial tone, suggests that Machen is hoping to convey a deeper truth—the truth that the brief, fitful, and ultimately temporary “revolution” of the animals against humanity’s reign over...