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Strange Roads & With the Gods in Spring

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Strange Roads & With the Gods in Spring by Arthur Machen is a collection of two thought-provoking and captivating stories that delve into themes of the supernatural and the unknown. The first story, "Strange Roads," follows the protagonist as he navigates a mysterious and eerie landscape, encountering strange beings and engaging in philosophical conversations that challenge his perceptions of reality. Machen's vivid descriptions and powerful imagery create a sense of unease and wonder throughout the story, drawing the reader into a world that is both fascinating and unsettling.

In the second story, "With the Gods in Spring," Machen explores themes of mythology and religion as the protagonist embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about ancient deities and their influence on the world. The story is filled with rich symbolism and allegory, inviting readers to contemplate the nature of faith, belief, and the power of myth.

Overall, Strange Roads & With the Gods in Spring is a compelling and thought-provoking read that will leave readers questioning the boundaries between reality and the supernatural. Machen's lyrical prose and imaginative storytelling make this collection a must-read for fans of speculative fiction and philosophical literature.

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The centerpieces of this collection are two essays by Arthur Machen, Strange Roads and With the Gods in Spring. Both use images of journeys through the countryside to evoke a sense of place and an innate spiritualism found in nature. In addition to these two essays, taken from a stand-alone chapbook publication are two thematically similar poems by Machen that evoke folk legends of his native Wales. The collection is kicked off by an insightful appraisal of Machen's literary career and his place in the pantheon of great authors of late Victorian period literature by Vincent Starlett.

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