Monmouthshire horror author celebrated at exhibition

The ABERGAVENNY Museum celebrates the works of a Monmouthshire author 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.

Mr Machen, born in 1863 and died in 1947, was inspired by his native Monmouthshire, its landscape, its history and its Roman remains, as well as the weird and the supernatural, the strange and the wonderful.

World renowned horror author Stephen King describing Machen The Great God Pan like “Maybe 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 Newport-based publishers The Three Impostors.

This includes a new edition of one of Machen’s early works The Chronicle of Clémendywhich has just been launched as a series of stories set in medieval Monmouthshire, complete with illustrations by artist Jon Langford.

There are also first editions of Machen’s works, manuscripts, letters and photographs.

The exhibition is now open and will run at the Abergavenny Museum until 18 December.

Admission is free and open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Wednesday.

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