"Of living creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few if any can hope to equal the versatile Arthur Machen." -H.P. Lovecraft
Dr. Thomas Vivian has been brutally murdered and supernatural detectives Dyson and Phillips are rushed to the grisly crime scene due to its extraordinary nature. To their horror, the only clue remaining is a blood-spattered axe dating back to primordial times. Yet this is only the start of the strangeness and mayhem the two detectives are to uncover over the course of their investigation.
Strongly recommended for fans of the 'Good Omens' series based on Terry Pratchett's fiction and starring a modern day rendition of Aleister Crowley. The late Crowley was also a lifelong follower of Machen's writing. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft and the TV series 'Lovecraft Country' will also love Machen's supernatural horror stories.
Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh writer of supernatural, fantasy, and horror novels. Before his literary career skyrocketed he also worked as a journalist and an actor. His major belief was that the ordinary and external world surreptitiously conceals something far more mysterious and bizarre. In turn, we are deeply interested in trying to lift the veil enshrouding the threshold separating the two. His most acclaimed works include the classic horror novella 'The Great God Pan' and the semi-autobiographical 'The Hill of Dreams'.