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Tales from New Babbage: The Novel of the White Powder @ noon & 8p

What is in that white powder my brother is taking?

Tonight, Junie Ginsburg tells a tale that HP Lovecraft said “approaches the
absolute culmination of loathsome fright.” Gather around the hearth at
the Gangplank in Clockhaven, or tune into Radio Riel Main or Steampunk
to listen where ever you are, but you might not want to listen to this
one alone.

 Machen was born in Wales and became enamored with mysticism and the occult at
an early age. The Novel of the White Powder was part of
The Three Impostors,
a novel composed of a number of interwoven tales, in 1895. The novel
and the stories within it were eventually to be regarded as among
Machen’s best works. However, following the indecency scandal
surrounding Oscar Wilde later that year, Machen’s association with works
of decadent horror made it difficult for him to find a publisher for
new works until later in his career. Publisher John Lane, wary of the
atmosphere, asked Machen to censor his manuscript. Barring the omission
of one word, Machen refused to comply.


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