The Great God Pan, The Shining Pyramid, The White People

The Great God Pan The Shining Pyramid The White People Alternate cover for ISBN An experiment into the sources of the human brain through the mind of a young woman has gone horribly wrong She has seen the great god Pan and will die

  • Title: The Great God Pan, The Shining Pyramid, The White People
  • Author: Arthur Machen Ramsey Cambell Dai Smith
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  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate cover for ISBN 1906998167 9781906998165An experiment into the sources of the human brain through the mind of a young woman has gone horribly wrong She has seen the great god Pan and will die giving birth to a daughter Twenty years later feted society hostess Helen Vaughan becomes the source of much fevered speculation Many men are infatuated with her beauty, bAlternate cover for ISBN 1906998167 9781906998165An experiment into the sources of the human brain through the mind of a young woman has gone horribly wrong She has seen the great god Pan and will die giving birth to a daughter Twenty years later feted society hostess Helen Vaughan becomes the source of much fevered speculation Many men are infatuated with her beauty, but great beauty has a price, sometimes you have to pay with the only thing you have left The Great God Pan was a sensation when first published in 1894 Its author, Arthur Machen, was a struggling unknown writer living in London He had translated Casanova s memoirs and was living on a small inheritance He immediately became one of the most talked about writers of the last years of the nineteenth century, while the publication marked the start of his ongoing influence on modern fantasy and horror Machen s dark imaginings of the reality behind ancient beliefs feature again in the acclaimed, mesmerising short story The White People and the curious tale The Shining Pyramid, also in this volume.

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    • Arthur Machen Ramsey Cambell Dai Smith

      Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the 1890s He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction His long story The Great God Pan made him famous and controversial in his lifetime, but The Hill of Dreams is generally considered his masterpiece He also is well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.At the age of eleven, Machen boarded at Hereford Cathedral School, where he received an excellent classical education Family poverty ruled out attendance at university, and Machen was sent to London, where he sat exams to attend medical school but failed to get in Machen, however, showed literary promise, publishing in 1881 a long poem Eleusinia on the subject of the Eleusinian Mysteries Returning to London, he lived in relative poverty, attempting to work as a journalist, as a publisher s clerk, and as a children s tutor while writing in the evening and going on long rambling walks across London.In 1884 he published his second work, the pastiche The Anatomy of Tobacco, and secured work with the publisher and bookseller George Redway as a cataloguer and magazine editor This led to further work as a translator from French, translating the Heptameron of Marguerite de Navarre, Le Moyen de Parvenir Fantastic Tales of B roalde de Verville, and the Memoirs of Casanova Machen s translations in a spirited English style became standard ones for many years.Around 1890 Machen began to publish in literary magazines, writing stories influenced by the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, some of which used gothic or fantastic themes This led to his first major success, The Great God Pan It was published in 1894 by John Lane in the noted Keynotes Series, which was part of the growing aesthetic movement of the time Machen s story was widely denounced for its sexual and horrific content and subsequently sold well, going into a second edition.Machen next produced 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 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 Thus, though he would write some of his greatest works over the next few years, some were published much later These included The Hill of Dreams, Hieroglyphics, A Fragment of Life, the story The White People , and the stories which make up Ornaments in Jade.



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    • This book contains three of Mr Machen's stories. The first, The Great God Pan, I liked. It's eerie and reminded me of Lovecraft. A doctor, tampering with unknown secrets of the human mind accomplishes something terrifying. His friend who is secretly studying the occult, must now figure out why people are dying. The second, The Shining Pyramid, was also quite eerie. A man notices that ancient arrowheads are being formed into strange shapes in his garden. What does it mean? A young girl goes missi [...]


    • A lot has been said already about this book and its author, so there is no need for me to repeat it.The first of the three stories, The Great God Pan was the by far the best in this novel, as far as I'm concerned. The other two, The Shining Pyramid and The White People were okay, in a descending order. But I can see why Arthur Machen has been a great influence on other writers of gruesome stories.See also my Dutch message in the Netherlands & Flanders group.


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