Of creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few can hope to equal Arthur Machen. -- H. P. Lovecraft
What can I say about a writer whose influence has been acknowledged by H.P.Lovecraft, Peter Straub, T.E.D.Klein, M.John Harrison and Clive Barker? Perhaps that he managed to communicate a sense of the inexpressibly and awesomely supernatural with more power than he ever knew. --Ramsey Campbell
About the Author
A contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats, all of whom admired his work tremendously, Machen's legacy is central to gothic fiction in the twentieth century. His great literary significance was recognized by H. P. Lovecraft who named Machen as one of the four "modern masters" of supernatural horror. His immediate influence in the US is recognizable in the development of the pulp horror found in magazines like Weird Tales and on such notable fantasy writers as Robert E. Howard. The Shining Pyramid was filmed for television in 1980 and films with Machen influences or references include John Carpenter's 1980 film The Fog (which features a character named "Mr. Machen").