The Great God Pan And Other Horror Stories By Arthur Machen

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    The Great God Pan And Other Horror Stories By Arthur Machen
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    Description: Arthur Machen is a significant figure in supernatural and horror literature, in the genre of 'weird fiction'. This collection brings together his best horror tales with a full contextual introduction and which helps to illuminate Machen's place in the literary and cultural milieu of 1890s Britain.
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