Arthur Machen, “The Terror”


A famous horror story set during the First World War


The Terror is a short novel that inspired a host of imitations of its basic plot—animals turning against human beings—ranging from Philip Macdonald’s brief tale Our Feathered Friends to Daphne du Maurier’s much better-known novelette, The Birds. Published in 1917, this story set in a remote region of West Wales during the First World War, achieves a perfect symbiosis of fantasy and reality, legend and everyday life. Unexplained events and wild violence, the contagious power of the dark forces of evil and the alarmism of the warlike climate merge into a dark and enigmatic plot, susceptible to the most diverse conjectures and interpretations.


Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was the pen-name of Arthur Llewellyn Jones, a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction.



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  • Publisher: Intra S.r.l.s. (March 13, 2022)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • ISBN-13: 979-1259913524
  • Weight: 7 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.33 x 8 inches
  • Price: $ 14,99 (paperback), € 3,99 (ebook Intra)

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