Ahmad asked:

How lovecraftian is this book?

Matt You can definitely see how Lovecraft drew inspiration from Machen, but it's not as Lovecraftian as The King in Yellow or the horror works of Ambrose Bierce. Machen's horror tends to rely on more traditional fantasy villains... a lot of fairies, demons, angels, etc. It's definitely atmospheric horror, which makes it similar to Lovecraft, but Lovecraft's underlying philosophy is pretty nihilistic, whereas Machen seems to be fundamentally spiritual, with a lot of emphasis on paganism, the occult, and Celtic mythology.

So long answer short, it's very obvious that it was an inspiration for Lovecraft, but it's not particularly Lovecraftian.
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