A Fragment of Life

A Fragment of Life

by Arthur Machen

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 22/11/2018


“A Fragment of Life” is a 1904 short story by Welsh author Arthur Machan. A young couple unsatisfied with their banal married life turn to spirituality for fulfilment, but what they find in the end isn't exactly what they were looking for. A masterful supernatural tale with macabre undertones, “A Fragment of Life” constitutes a must-read for fans of classic fantasy and sci-fi fiction. Arthur Machen (1863 – 1947) was a Welsh author and renowned mystic during the 1890s and early 20th century who garnered literary acclaim for his contributions to the supernatural, horror, and fantasy fiction genres. His seminal novella “The Great God Pan” (1890) has become a classic of horror fiction, with Stephen King describing it as one of the best horror stories written in the English language. Other notable fans of his gruesome tales include William Butler Yeats and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his work has been compared to Robert Louis Stevenson's “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, Bram Stoker's “Dracula”, and Oscar Wilde's “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Other notable works by this author include: “The Great God Pan” (1894), “The Hill of Dreams” (1907), and “The White People" (1904)”. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

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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.

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