Monday, April 16, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.106: Holy Terrors

Holy Terrors: A Collection of Weird Tales by Arthur Machen is Obsolete Films 2017 portmanteau feature collecting together six adaptations of Machen’s stories for the screen. Whilst the cover of the DVD contains a quote from Lovecraft’s attesting to the fact that Machen’s work is the ‘absolute culmination of loathsome fright’, Holy Terrors in fact tends to focus on Machen’s more mystical tales, with the inclusion of an adaptation of ‘The Novel of the White Powder’ being the only piece representative of his classic weird fiction. Even so, the film is beautifully shot, and effectively captures the visionary quality of Machen’s writing.

Filmed in Whitby, initial runs of the DVD come with a facsimile edition of The Town of Magic Dream: Arthur Machen in Whitby - initially published in 1987 by Mark Valentine, and illustrated by Nick Blinko.

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