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The Three Impostors

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    Arthur Machen(Author)

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The Three Impostors is an episodic novel by British horror fiction writer Arthur Machen, first published in 1895 in The Bodley Head's Keynote Series.

Arthur Machen (3 March 1863 – 15 December 1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella "The Great God Pan" (1890; 1894) has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language"). He is also well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

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  • PDF | 100 pages
  • Arthur Machen(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 28, 2013)
  • English
  • 7
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By ScrawnyPunk on August 17, 2012

    This book works much better as a collection of short stories than a single narrative. The various adventures and "novels" are very entertaining and are clearly influential pieces of crime and horror fiction. The single narrative tying them together feels unnecessary and a little distracting. However, any fan of horror fiction would enjoy the individual stories and should definitely read them, especially the "Novel of the Black Seal" and the "Novel of the White Powder."1) Adventure of the Gold Tiberius. Criminals search for a rare and expensive coin. This story serves only to forward the linking narrative and is a tad boring.2) Novel of the Dark Valley. A "wild west" tale where Britons become leaders of a band of outlaws in Colorado and narrowly avoid lynching. Probably the weakest of the "novels," and least-related to horror and occult themes.3) Novel of the Black Seal. A search for fairies (of the evil and horrifying kind). My personal favorite of the "novels." An obvious influence on H.P. Lovecraft, especially with respect to "the ancients" and tentacled monsters.4) Incident of the Private Bar. A classic con-man story. Clever and interesting.5) Novel of the Iron Maid. The shortest of the "novels." A vignette about the perils of collecting antique torture devices.6) Novel of the White Powder. An exploration of paganistic hedonism, transumutation, and putrefaction. Another great horror story, and another obvious influence on H.P. Lovecraft.7) History of the Young Man With Spectacles. A story of a hedonistic criminal society which explains the origins of The Adventure of the Gold Tiberius and sets up the book's grotesque denouement.8) Adventure of the Deserted Residence. A concluding story with hints of the haunted house genre. Seems like an afterthought.

  • By Freeze on July 9, 2017

    Being episodic, it's easy to forget about this novel at various intervals. Equally so, the effect or mystery is quickly picked up on, which detracts from the ultimate impact of the ending. I think it would have better served as a short story, though really it isn't that long, and the individual stories and craftiness of the characters are incredibly interesting. The influence Machen had, and still has, on authors is palpable, especially Lovecraft. 5/5

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