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The Hashish Man and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
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Jul 11, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: classic-fantasy
Read in February, 2011

An excellent collection of stories by one of the great fantasy writers of the early 20th Century, Lord Dunsany. Dunsany has fallen into partial obscurity, but his impact on modern fantasy is profound. Dunsany was one of the main influences of H.P. Lovecraft (he also influenced Tolkien, Eddings, and many other authors), and the stories in this collection seem to have been chosen to appeal to Lovecraft fans. The mystery and creepiness factor is certainly high, although there isn't as much pure horror in Dunsany's work. Instead, the stories are the epitome of fantasy in its purest sense, stripped of many of the cliches it would acquire over the years--stories that evoke a sense of wonder, mystery, and imagination. Highly recommended.

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