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The Terror (The Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen #3)

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"Explosion at Munition Works in the Northern District: Many Fatalities." The working man told me about it, and added some dreadful details. Corpses so terribly maimed that coffins had been kept covered; faces mutilated as if by some gnawing animal. . . . I took a tram to the location of the disaster; a raw and hideous shed with a walled yard about it, and a shut gate. The ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1917)
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Oscar
Esta es una de las historias menos conocidas de Arthur Machen; apenas se cita, y sin embargo es una joya imprescindible.

Los hechos que se cuentan en ‘El terror’ transcurren en el año 1915, en plena Primera Guerra Mundial, cuando el mundo civilizado estaba amenazado por Alemania. Machen juega con los rumores que corrían por tierras inglesas en aquella época, donde era difícil saber lo que estaba sucediendo realmente en el frente, y las noticias llegaban a destiempo. Y si esto pasaba en las ciudad
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Il romanzo breve – o racconto lungo – di Machen pubblicato nel 1917, nel bel mezzo della Grande Guerra, che ne fornisce la cornice narrativa, mostra sin da subito le caratteristiche migliori di un classico della letteratura di genere per il modo magistrale in cui viene creata un'atmosfera di suspence e per come l'attesa del lettore viene modulata secondo un crescendo graduale ma continuo.
L'ambientazione di partenza genera, già di per sé, buona parte dello scarto tra normalità e straordinario che
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Daniel Ausente
Machen, que ya era pionero y referente para el devenir futuro del género de terror, demostró de nuevo su condición de escritor adelantado a su tiempo con esta novela breve escrita mientras en Europa tenía lugar la 1ª Guerra Mundial. Por un lado, porque era una reacción a ésta y, de hecho, tiene muy claro que la atroz violencia de la contienda es un terror insuperable y el germen de todo mal. Por otro, porque esa revuelta atávica de las fuerzas de la naturaleza se avanza en décadas al terror ecol ...more
Shawn
Arthur Machen's "The Terror" is a novella published in 1917. Probably best known for his (in)famous "The Great God Pan", Machen has only recently been getting the attention he deserves (outside of the particularized genre fans) for his visionary writing that transcended the horror and fantasy genre into spiritual realms. His writing is not to all tastes but those with the ability to place works in their times will find him a surprisingly intriguing writer.

"The Terror" offer modern readers a stor
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Nancy Oakes
Volume 3 in this 3-volume set, the stories in this book are not quite as good as those in Volume 1, but better than those in volume 2. The opening story, "The Terror," is here unabridged; Volume 2 had it but it was a very short abridgement of the original. A lot of people don't like this story, but I must say, it's quite good and serves as a warning against war and against the inherent powers of nature when humans screw it up.

The contents list is long, so I'll briefly give you my favorites:

"The
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Kelly
Machen's influence is still felt today. He influenced an entire generation of horror, mystery and fiction writers and had profound influence on the great American writers of the pulp era. His use of first person narrative is masterful, and - as many writers after him - his absolute refusal to leave things tidy and resolved leaves the reader's brain spinning in circles at the end of so many tales.

His work still seems as fresh today as when i first read it in the mid 1990's... along with some of
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Andrew
First off this was the Chaosium edition printed as a part accompaniment, part reprint of lost material along side their award winning Call Of Cthulhu based on the world of H P Lovecraft's mythos. And this is the first issue I have with the book - after countless volumes, many of which have material or has work written by authors who have influenced the mythos, there are titles which are more gothic in style or at least atmosphere and certainly less Lovecraft than others. This title is a perfect ...more
Yasmin
Este libro me ha gustado tanto que no sé por dónde entrarle. Y cualquier juicio que emita acerca de él será una apreciación absolutamente personal: ojalá que me perdonen la falta de objetividad.

Cada historia de Machen que he leído me ha procurado por igual felicidad y horror absoluto, y El terror no es la excepción. Como en todas sus historias, todo transcurre de una manera plácida, entre personas sencillas e incapaces de hacer mal alguno. Sin embargo, el mal está presente, y avanza reptando por
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Rob Craig
Machen is terrific - wish I had stumbled onto him years ago. Better late than never! Definitely the missing link between Poe and Lovecraft, A lot of writers stole from this artist, and you can see why. The Terror is just a top horror tale, just the right length, and just the right touch of "weird."
Nicolás
No conozco una historia de Machen que no sea recomendable, pero "Un fragmento de vida" y ahora también "El terror" son mis favoritas. Cuando un personaje anda de curioso, investigando los secretos del cerebro o preparando pócimas de origen arcano, te puedes imaginar por dónde van los tiros. ¿Pero qué pasa cuando el terror asume diversas formas, ataca a muchos y a diario, sin admitir explicación?

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Jorge Candeias
- main story (The Terror) is a classic
- the second one (The Shining Pyramid) is worse, but still good
- totally representative of a certain style of storytelling that begun to be popular at the time and remained so for the next half a century or more
- consequently, aged very well
- good Portuguese edition, except that the preface should have been a postface; mystery stories such as these shouldn't be spoiled like that

arg/machine
Classic mystery/horror novel by Arthur Machen. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy here.
Marts  (Thinker)
Accounts of strange sightings and unexplained deaths occurring in and around a small town in Wales...
Colin
One of the great inspirations of Lovecraft.
Sara
Pretty good classic horror.
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Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the 1890s. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His long story "The Great God Pan" made him famous and controversial in his lifetime, but The Hill of Dreams is generally considered his masterpiece. He also is well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

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