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The White People by Arthur Machen
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There’s not much to add to what others have written about Machen and this story of his. It’s a classic and progenitor to the Weird Fiction of the early 20th Century. Folks like Lovecraft and Blackwood would never have been able to do what they did without him and his work.

The White People is bookended by two friends having a conversation about what really is good and evil, saints and sinners. The main body is a reading of a lost but found “green book” detailing the other side what lives in the woods. (Think Necronomicon and Book of Eibion.) This part has a rambling sort of quality which will he hard for some readers. However, it is clearly intentional. It makes the work sound like the writings of a young girl trying to write what she remembers from her nurse. But it artfully avoids certain features until later, allowing tension to build.

Like all great Weird Fiction, it allows you to peak behind the veil of this world and see what’s behind all things. What you see isn’t very friendly nor too comforting.
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Reading Progress

March 21, 2018 – Shelved (Other Paperback Edition)
March 21, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read (Other Paperback Edition)
March 31, 2019 – Started Reading
March 31, 2019 – Shelved
April 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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