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The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies   By: (1875-1940)

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The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies by John Buchan is a collection of supernatural tales that skillfully combines elements of horror, the occult, and folklore to create a captivating reading experience. The book takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through various time periods, delving into the complexity of human nature and the lingering presence of the supernatural in our world.

One of the standout features of this collection is Buchan's masterful storytelling ability. With each tale, he weaves a rich, atmospheric narrative that effortlessly draws readers in. His descriptive prose paints vivid pictures, allowing us to feel the palpable tension and eerie ambiance that permeate the stories. Buchan's writing style is elegant and refined, showcasing his talent for creating an immersive and compelling reading experience.

The Moon Endureth encompasses a wide range of themes and genres. From traditional ghost stories to tales of witchcraft and mythical creatures, each story offers a unique and imaginative exploration into the supernatural. Buchan expertly blends elements of suspense and mystery, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate the intricacies of each plot.

Furthermore, the characters in this collection are remarkably well-developed. Buchan crafts individuals who possess a depth and complexity that goes beyond mere caricatures. They are relatable and engaging, with their struggles and desires mirroring the conflicts faced by many of us. This human element adds an additional layer of intrigue to the tales, allowing readers to connect with the characters on a personal level.

One of the most impressive aspects of The Moon Endureth is Buchan's ability to evoke a sense of unease and foreboding. He expertly creates an aura of mystery, leaving readers in suspense as they eagerly anticipate the resolutions to the various plotlines. The supernatural elements are seamlessly integrated into the narratives, adding an air of unsettling fascination to the stories.

It must be noted that John Buchan's works were written in a different era, and as such, some readers may find the language and style to be somewhat outdated. However, this should not deter anyone from delving into The Moon Endureth. The timeless themes and captivating storytelling transcend the years, making this collection a must-read for fans of supernatural and horror fiction.

In conclusion, The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies is a captivating collection of supernatural stories that showcases John Buchan's talent as a master storyteller. With its richly atmospheric narratives, well-developed characters, and expertly crafted suspense, this book successfully enthralls readers from beginning to end. A testament to Buchan's skill and imagination, these tales will linger in the reader's mind long after they have closed the book.

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The Moon Endureth

Tales and Fancies


John Buchan


From the Pentlands looking North and South

I The Company of the Marjolaine Avignon 1759

II A Lucid Interval The Shorter Catechism (revised version)

III The Lemnian Atta's song

IV Space Stocks and stones

V Streams of water in the South The Gipsy's song to the lady Cassilis

VI The grove of Ashtaroth Wood magic

VII The riding of Ninemileburn Plain Folk

VIII The Kings of Orion Babylon

IX The green glen The wise years [Updater's note: Chapter 9 missing from etext]

X The rime of True Thomas


Around my feet the clouds are drawn In the cold mystery of the dawn; No breezes cheer, no guests intrude My mossy, mist clad solitude; When sudden down the steeps of sky Flames a long, lightening wind. On high The steel blue arch shines clear, and far, In the low lands where cattle are, Towns smoke. And swift, a haze, a gleam, The Firth lies like a frozen stream, Reddening with morn. Tall spires of ships, Like thorns about the harbour's lips, Now shake faint canvas, now, asleep, Their salt, uneasy slumbers keep; While golden grey, o'er kirk and wall, Day wakes in the ancient capital... Continue reading book >>

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