I did enjoy this story, the way that it was told, and the way that all of the threads were brought together in an horrific climax.
The style of writing reminded me of that of [a:Arthur Conan Doyle|2448|Arthur Conan Doyle|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1289836561p2/2448.jpg], which should not surprise me, as he and Arthur Machen were contemporaries. The language is very descriptive and somewhat flowery. Occasionally, that gets a bit boring, but mostly it is, for me, beautiful prose.
There appear to be three main characters, but they converge on a fourth. There is much mystery and supernatural overtone.
Machen's anti-materialism shines through his characterizations. This provokes deep thought in the reader. At least, it did with me.
There are some quite scary parts to this book. A good producer could make a very good film of it. Perhaps they already have. I haven't looked into it.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, and swayed between three and four stars for it, but eventually settled on three because I found part of it to be a bit of a trudge through treacle. Sorry Arthur!