Monday, 2 August 2010

Machen published in The Library of Wales

The prestigious Library of Wales, a series backed by the Welsh Assembly, published through Parthian Press two paperbacks of Machen’s work in Summer 2010. These are the first paperbacks dedicated to Machen’s work to be published in Britain since the nineteen-nineties.

The Library of Wales series republishes deserving classic books by Welsh writers in English from the last hundred years and the series is widely available in bookshops and libraries across Wales and beyond. The Great God Pan volume, which also contains the stories “The White People” and “The Shining Pyramid”, has an introduction from distinguished bestselling author and master of horror, Ramsey Campbell. They have stunning covers!

The Hill of Dreams volume has an introduction from Newport based Catherine Fisher, award winning poet and fantasy writer for teenagers. Both have notes from Tomos Owen and the books also contain full details on the Friends of Arthur Machen and how to join the society. Machen as an author has been somewhat neglected in Wales over the years and this more than redresses the balance. Having Machen in paperback in Britain once again will hopefully vastly increase Machen's readership in his homeland.

Full details of the books are available on the Library of Wales website: