Thanks for the discussion of Out of the Earth by Arthur Machen. When I read it, I didn't really know what to make of it; I think I thought too much about other tales of Machen with (references to) little people/faeries in it, and only really saw the how-rumor-grows aspect. But now I heard the discussion I like the tale a lot. Beautiful how Machen uses these little people on a dubble symbolic level: as the evil evoked by the war as well as the cruel and wrongfully warring people themselves (misled by a wrong governence). And I always like the role of the innocence as the only ones seeing what's going on.
As a beginning writer myself, Machen's pageturner-technique of pretending to assume that the reader knows what he is talking about, appeals to me a lot - I must remember this for my own tales!
This wasn't really a discussion topic, but I wanted to share my enthousiasm ;-)