August Derleth said M.P. Shiel was "...the Grand Viscount of the Grotesque... [with a] refulgently fanciful imagination and magical command of the English language."
Arthur Machen said, "Here is a wilder wonderland than Poe ever dreamt of... It is Poe, perhaps, but Poe with an unearthly radiance."
Shapes in the Fire is an extraordinary collection of Shiel's work: don't miss it.
Matthew Phipps Shiel (1865–1947) was a prolific British writer of West Indian descent.
M. P. Shiel is remembered mostly for supernatural and scientific romances. His work was published as serials, novels, and as short stories. The Purple Cloud (1901) remains his most famous and often reprinted novel.