A Startling Discovery!,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Three Impostors and Other Stories: Vol. 1 of the Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen (Call of Cthulhu Fiction) (Taschenbuch)
Reading Stephen King's latest collection of short stories, the story "N" alluded to the "The Great God Pan"; though a Fan of weird fiction old and new I haven't read any works of Machen before - a real gap in education as it turned out.
All stories in this volume demonstrate more or less subtle and well written that reality is nothing but a very frail construction.
Stylewise the short novel "The three Impostors;Or, The Transmutations" is the most original piece in this volume - a kaleidoscopic puzzle with improbable encounters and a chain of seemingly unrelated weird stories it dwells on the differnt ways how life, science and the world could be seen.
To me this book turned out to be a startling discovery and it is highly recommendable.
The only flaw in this volume is S.T. Joshi's introduction - since it reveals a lot about the stories to come and spoils the reading experience & pleasure - especially in the case of "The Great God Pan". As an afterword it would have been OK.