Abergavenny Museum hosts exhibition by local author Arthur Machen

Abergavenny Museum is hosting some impressive works by Welsh artists this year, all inspired by Monmouthshire’s own Arthur Machen, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction.

This exhibition features works by Jon Langford, Pete Williams and John Selway, created to illustrate the writings of Arthur Machen (1863-1947). Machen was inspired by his native Monmouthshire, its landscape, its history and its Roman remains, as well as the weird and the supernatural, the weird and the wonderful. World renowned horror author Stephen King describing Machen’s The Great God Pan (1890; 1894) as “Perhaps the best [horror story] in the English language”.

The exhibition features both original works, as well as printed reproductions of artworks commissioned to illustrate recent reprints of Arthur Machen stories by the Newport-based publishers. The Three Imposters. This includes a new edition of one of Machen’s early works “The Clemendy Chronicle”, which has just been launched as a series of stories set in medieval Monmouthshire, complete with illustrations from the artist Jon Langford. There are also first editions of Machen’s works, manuscripts, letters and photographs.

Created ten years ago, The Three ImpostersThe goal of is to produce high-quality scholarly versions of interesting, rare, and out-of-print books, as well as other related new writing. Their first project was the republication of the three volumes of Arthur Machen’s autobiography, continuing to reprint some of Machen’s novels, series of Machen-related short stories, as well as new and original works by Welsh authors.

The exhibition is now open and will run at the Abergavenny Museum until December 18and 2022. Admission is free and open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Wednesday.

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