While Arthur Machen's command of dark and weird topics has been thoroughly shown to innumerable readers—and enthusiasts—in works of terror such as The Great God Pan, his explorations into more euphoric and mystical regions have been severely disregarded. Machen opens his story in the tense, dark, hopeless streets of 1915 London, then quickly transports the reader to a transfigured realm in western Wales, where a little community has recently been visited by three ancient saints bearing the Holy Grail. This incident has caused a magnificent reawakening in both the landscape and the souls who inhabit it. The Great Return, in keeping with Machen's unusual writing style, provides little solid material. Rather, it gently pulls a curtain, allowing us a striking view of man's experience with the divine.
Paperback, 84 pages.