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

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  348 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
"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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Bill  Kerwin
Jan 22, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This short novel may not be Machen's best work, but it is his only serious—albeit indirect—attempt to address the effects of the international trauma which I believe precipitated his literary decline: the cumulative horror of the trenches of World War I.

“The Coming of the Terror,” a short story first published in 1917 Century Magazine—later reprinted in the second volume of Joshi's collection, The White People--is an abridged form of the same tale, but I consider the original novel—four times th
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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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Cheryl
Jan 21, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Suspenseful novella about strange deaths in England during World War 1. Are these deaths somehow connected, and could the Germans have something to do with it? The ending was a bit laughable, when you find out the explanation. It completely ruined the story for me.
Helder
Aug 14, 2016 Helder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Encontrei esta preciosidade na feira de Massamá com um valor simbólico.
Não conhecia Arthur Machen, mas com esta sinopse: “Arthur Machen foi um dos grandes e incontornáveis escritores do início de século xx. A sua obra é imprescindível à compreensão de autores como H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Sir. Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, ou mesmo Alfred Hitchcock. Foi apontado por Luís Borges como a grande influência do realismo mágico. ”, como poderia eu resistir?
O livro é constituído por três c
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Ethan
Feb 23, 2016 Ethan rated it liked it
Shelves: weird-fiction, horror
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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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Federica_punto
Jun 20, 2015 Federica_punto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Racconto lungo che si legge velocemente nonostante il linguaggio non propriamente prêt-à-porter, si vocifera che Il Terrore di Machen sia stato tra gli ispiratori di Hitchcock per "Gli uccelli".

Siamo nel bel mezzo della prima guerra mondiale. E siamo in Inghilterra. La minaccia di una possibile invasione tedesca è palpabile e le fabbriche riconvertite a industrie belliche lavorano a pieno regime.
Ma qualcosa si muove nell'ombra e uccide senza pietà chiunque si trovi sulla sua strada.

É Il Terro
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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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Kelly
Jun 26, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2009 Yasmin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Daniel Ausente
Aug 21, 2014 Daniel Ausente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicolás
Jan 07, 2010 Nicolás rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasia-varia
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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Mike Jozic
Oct 07, 2015 Mike Jozic rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this one 4 stars but the ending just sort of...ended. A nice slow build, a compelling mystery of what The Terror could be, and then the most anti of climaxes. Hunted down Machen's work based on Guillermo del Toro's love of his work. Did the same with Algernon Blackwood and getting a very similar vibe between the two authors. I will probably try more of Machen's work just to get a proper sampling but so far so meh.
Carla
Nov 01, 2015 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, portuguese, 2015
Três contos interessantes, dos quais destaco sobretudo o primeiro que dá o título ao livro. O autor cria uma atmosfera densa e o leitor não sabe o que esperar.

O segundo pareceu-me o mais fraco, pouco memorável mesmo. No terceiro, o ambiente continua a ser o melhor, mas se no primeiro era denso, neste há alguma luz.
arg/machine
Nov 04, 2011 arg/machine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic mystery/horror novel by Arthur Machen. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy here.
Falcon Dove
Mar 26, 2016 Falcon Dove rated it really liked it
The story held me captivated all through the book. The conclusion of the story was outstanding: When man starts behaving like animals, we decline the throne as the superior beings on earth. When that happens, we're no longer feared. Instead we're the ones to be hunted down.
Rob Craig
Feb 25, 2015 Rob Craig rated it it was amazing
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."
Marts  (Thinker)
Accounts of strange sightings and unexplained deaths occurring in and around a small town in Wales...
José  Pérez
May 30, 2015 José Pérez rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, novela
Noveleta concebida entre las fronteras de la histeria social, el ambiente de postguerra y un universo semilovecraftiano; si a eso se le suma que es brevísima, el resultado es un libro inmortal.
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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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