013 Dreamt in Fire: The Dreadful Ecstasy of Arthur Machen
“…and there came to me a certain vision of a real world about us all the while, of a language that was only secret because we would not take the trouble to listen to it and discern it.”
The literature of Arthur Machen is always an exploration into sacrament and landscape, replete with complex symbology he described as hieroglyphics. Places are haunted or doxified, and so are the characters. There are costs to the events found in each of his narratives, whether it be the dissolution of personhood by submitting to evil, or its glorification through grace.
Dreamt in Fire has been compiled and arranged with the desire to present an expansive survey on the work of Arthur Machen without resorting to the over-anthologized texts found so easily in other collections. This goal of gathering “fresh” material while remaining representative of the writer’s long career illustrates a brilliant arc of depth and wonder. The selected pieces, initially published between 1894 and 1936, have been divided into four categories: Fiction, Essays & Articles, Christian Apologetics and selections from Machen’s Memoirs.
Conceived as a companion piece to a series of Machen lectures, this collection will be released at the 2021 Inklings Festival in Wichita, Kansas as a limited edition of 50 copies.
Update: The Hardcover Edition is now Out of Print. Some copies may still be available from Eighth Day Books. Remaining copies of the Softcover Edition may be purchased below.
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Dreamt in Fire by Arthur Machen
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