“He entered such a lane not knowing where it might bring him, hoping he had found the way to fairyland, to the woods beyond the world, to that vague territory that haunts all the dreams of a boy.” Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams
Arthur Machen ((1863-1947) is a fantastic Welsh writer who wrote mystical, supernatural, Gothic, fin de siecle horror tales. Some of his more famous works are: The Great God Pan, The Hill of Dreams, The Three Imposters, and The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War. He was born in Caerleon-on-Usk, in the county of Gwent, South Wales, and later lived in London in self-imposed solitude living in poverty in remote suburbs of then the largest industrial city in the world. He eschewed his chosen profession of journalism, preferring to read widely and explore the city on foot. For him, London became as numinous as his home of Gwent, that influenced much of his work and gave it the strong touch of pagan strangeness.