Angels and Authors
April 1, 2009 4:21 PM Subscribe
posted by winna (24 comments total)
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The British Expeditionary Force
first faced the German troops at the Battle of Mons
on August 23rd of 1914. The British forces accounted well for themselves, despite being heavily outnumbered
. This miraculous victory was due to the aid of shining angelic figures which held the Germans back during the retreat, according to numerous accounts of those who saw the event. There is just one problem with this wonderful story.
It was made up.
arose from a work of fiction written shortly after
the battle by the Welsh author of fantasy Arthur Machen
deals largely with the idea that the world we inhabit overlays a more vivid, dangerous and vital one which human beings confront at their peril. Particularly celebrated is his short story 'The White People'
, ranked by Lovecraft with Algernon Blackwood
's 'The Willows' (previously
, scroll down) as one of the best weird stories ever written.
My personal favorite, though, is The Hill of Dreams