7 best short stories: Weird Fiction

7 best short stories: Weird Fiction

by Ryūnosuke AkutagawaAmbrose Bierce Arthur Machen and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 06/06/2019

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Weird Fiction fiction utilises elements of horror, science fiction and fantasy to showcase the impotence and insignificance of human beings within a much larger universe populated by often malign powers and forces that greatly exceed the human capacities to understand or control them. The critic August Nemo has selected seven classic tales of the genre, especially for readers who want (and have courage!) to face the abyss: The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft Hell Screen by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce The White People by Arthur Machen Number 13 by M. R. James The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson The Repairer of Reputations by Robert W. Chambers

ISBN:
9788577772636
9788577772636
Category:
Short stories
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
06-06-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Tacet Books
Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen (Arthur Llewelyn Jones), a Welsh author of supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction, was born on March 3, 1863. He grew up in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, and attended boarding school at Hereford Cathedral School.

He moved to London in 1881 and worked as a journalist, children's tutor, and publisher's clerk, finding time to write at night. By 1894, Machen had his first major success.

The Great God Pan was published by John Lane, and despite widespread criticism for its sexual and horrific content, it sold well and went into a second edition.

In the 1920s Machen's work became immensely popular in the United States, but Machen experienced increasing poverty; he was saved in 1931 by receiving a Civil List pension from the British government. Arthur Machen died on March 30, 1947.

M. R. James

Montague Rhodes James was born on 1 August 1862 near Bury St Edmunds, though he spent long periods of his later life in Suffolk, which provided the setting for many of his ghost stories. He studied at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, where he was eventually elected Fellow, and then made Provost in 1905. In 1918 he became Provost of Eton.

He was a renowed medievalist and biblical scholar, and published works on palaeography, antiquarianism, bibliography and history, guides to Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as editing a collection of ghost stories by Sheridan Le Fanu.

However, he remains best known for his own ghost stories, which were published in several collections including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), A Thin Ghost and Other Stories (1919), A Warning to the Curious (1925) and a collected edition in 1931. M. R. James never married and died on 12 June 1936.

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