Spooky salutations, elder nymphs and eldritch naiads. Peel back the layers of reality to reveal the true inner-workings of the natural world, as dictated by the secret laws of Faerie, this Tuesday, February 19th at 8 p.m. in the BookPeople cafe with the Nightmare Factory book club. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the forgotten pools of the bewitched glen and crack open the arcane truths of the horrible Little People.
This month’s mind-bending, mystical selection is The White People and Other Weird Stories by Arthur Machen, a real life Victorian occultist and preeminent purveyor of weird fiction. Bridging the gap between Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen was an influential and often overlooked inspiration for the entire horror genre as we know it today – from the hidden worlds of Stephen King’s short fiction to the entire creepy aesthetic sensibility of Guillermo del Toro. Help us celebrate classic horror and ward off the hideous Green Man this Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the mist-obscured, Welsh bog that is BookPeople’s lycanthropic cafe. Come for the discussion; stay because you have realized the futility of all physical movement in the face of the awesome and unknowable spectacle that is the unadulterated world around you.
The Nightmare Factory book club is composed of misfits and ruffians, carving out a habitable niche of literary horror fiction for themselves on the third Tuesday of every month for fanciful conversations of what might be. Join us if you dare, but only if you possess the mental fortitude to survive the terrible grasp of the wretched Space Lord.