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The Great God Pan and the Hill of Dreams

Author : Arthur Machen
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"Of creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few can hope to equal Arthur Machen."--H. P. Lovecraft Arthur Machen (1863-1947), Welsh novelist and essayist, is considered one of the most important and influential writers of his time. While displaying a preoccupation with pagan themes and matters of the occult (an interest he shared with his close friend, the distinguished scholar A. E. Waite), his writing transcends the genre of supernatural horror. Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as Paul Bowles and Jorge Luis Borges are just a few of the literary notables who are counted among his admirers. Machen is also a key figure in the development of pulp magazine fiction (e.g, Weird Tales), a line of ancestry that leads directly to today's popular graphic novels. Further, Machen's name often crops up in the writings of theorists and practitioners of psychogeography, a school of thought and literature which explores the hidden links between the landscape and the mind. In The Great God Pan, Arthur Machen delivers a tense atmospheric story about a string of mysterious suicides. With its suggestive visions of decadent sexuality, the work scandalized Victorian London. Lyrical and introspective, The Hill of Dreams established Machen as one of the great prose masters of the language. As a penetrating portrayal of the accursed artist, redolent with soulful longing and genteel decay, it ranks as a landmark work in English literature.

The Great God Pan

Author : Arthur Machen
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A sensation when first published in 1894, this frightening story involves evil scientists and the women that become monsters at their hands. An experiment into the sources of the human brain through the mind of a young woman has gone horribly wrong—she has witnessed the God Pan and will die giving birth to a daughter, Helen Vaughan. Twenty years later Helen becomes the source of much fevered speculation when she is feted as a society hostess of great charm. Many men are infatuated with her beauty, but great beauty has a price. Linking horror with prurient sexuality, this classic of horror sheds light on late Victorian misogyny and the public’s interest in theories of evolutionary degeneration.

The Hill of Dreams

Author : Arthur Machen
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Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His book The Great God Pan has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best horror story in the English language")

Arthur Machen Collection

Author : Arthur Machen
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Arthur Machen (1863 - 1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella "The Great God Pan" (1890; 1894) has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language." He is also well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons. In this book: The Secret Glory, 1922 The Terror, 1917 The Great Return, 1915 Three Impostors, 1895 Far Off Things, 1922 The House of Souls, 1906 The Angels of Mons, 1914 The Hill of Dreams, 1907 The Great God Pan, 1894 Hieroglyphics, 1902 The Red Hand Change The Shining Pyramid Children of the Pool The Novel of the White Powder Holy Terrors A New Christmas Carol Out of the Earth The Islington Mystery

Hieroglyphics

Author : Arthur Machen
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It was my privilege, many years ago, to make the acquaintance of the obscure literary hermit, whose talk I have tried to reproduce in the pages that follow. Our first meeting was one of those chance affairs that now and then mitigate the loneliness of the London streets, and a second hazard led to the discovery that we had many interests in common. I think that the Hermit (as I shall call him) had begun to find the perpetual solitude of his years a growing terror, and he was not sorry to have a listener; at first, indeed, he talked almost with the joy of a child, or rather of a prisoner who has escaped from the house of silence, but as he chose subjects which have always interested me intensely, he gave as much pleasure as he received, and I became an assiduous visitor of his cell. He had found an odd retreat. He avoided personalities, and had a happy knack of forgetting any that I vouchsafed on my side, (he forgot my name three times on the first evening that we spent together, and succeeded in repeating this feat over and over again since then), and I never gathered much of his past history. But I believe that "something had happened" many years before, in the prehistoric age of the 'seventies. There had been a break of some sort in the man's life when he was quite young; and so he had left the world and gone to Barnsbury, an almost mythical region lying between Pentonville and the Caledonian Road. Here, in the most retired street of that retired quarter, he occupied two rooms on the ground floor of a big, mouldy house, standing apart from the street and sheltered by gaunt grown trees and ancient shrubs; and just beside the dim and dusty window of the sitting-room a laburnum had cast a green stain on the decaying wall. The laburnum had grown wild, like all the trees and shrubs, and some of its black, straggling boughs brushed the pane, and of dark, windy nights while we sat together and talked of art and life we would be startled by the sudden violence with which those branches beat angrily upon the glass.

The Works of Arthur Machen

Author : Arthur Machen
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Decadent, perverse and unreal, the strange stories of Arthur Machen uncover a lingering, ancestral horror, distantly remembered in the language of fairy tales, pagan lore, and in the secret old games that nurses teach to children. Deeply controversial in their own time, some of Machen's stories had to wait decades to for changing social mores to permit their publication. This new collection by Lowood Press combines all of Machen's most celebrated works in one volume. Herein are his greatest short stories, including The White People, The Great God Pan, The Bowmen and The Shining Pyramid; his semi-autobiographical novel, Hill of Dreams; and the original, complete version of The Three Impostors, with its interconnecting tales of occult intrigue. An unrivaled master of sacred terror and pioneer of the weird fiction genre, Machen's work has directly influenced such notable horror writers as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Stephen King—but it has yet to be surpassed.

The Great God Pan

Author : Arthur Machen
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A scandalous novella during the time of its publication in 1894, Machen's The Great God Pan was viewed as a degenerate and horrific piece of literature because of its sexual content and gruesome scenes. Recounting the story of Mary, a young woman in Wales, and a strange scientist named Dr. Raymond, the novella begins with a horrible experiment gone awry. Dr. Raymond accidentally destroys Mary's mind while attempting to enable her to see the god of nature, Pan. While Mary is essentially a vegetable, Dr. Raymond goes into hiding in London to escape his horrible mistake. Years later, a woman named Helen Vaughan arrives in the city, seducing men, murdering some and driving others to commit suicide. Dr. Raymond uncovers that this woman is the offspring of the god Pan and Mary from his experiment years earlier.

The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Author : Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Poetical Works

Author : Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Gentleman Farmer

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A Machen Omnibus

Author : Arthur Machen
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Three famous works by Arthur Machen-The Great God Pan, The Hill of Dreams, and the Angels of Mons-in one volume with an introduction by Catherine Mintz. Copper Penny Press books are in an easy to read and easy to read aloud sixteen point type format.

Echoes of Life Or Beautiful Gems of Poetry and Song

Author : Grace Townsend
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Library of the World s Best Literature Ancient and Modern A Z

Author : Charles Dudley Warner
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A Library of the World s Best Literature Ancient and Modern A Z

Author : Charles Dudley Warner
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101 Great American Poems

Author : Ralph Waldo Emerson
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This book includes classic poems by such eminent poets as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sara Teasdale, William Butler Yeats, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Gertrude Stein and others.

The Arthur Machen MEGAPACK

Author : Arthur Machen
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To anyone interested in supernatural fiction, the work of Welsh master Arthur Machen (1863-1947) is a fundamental starting point. In 2008, Stephen King called Machen's "The Great God Pan" (included here) "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language" in an interview. And H.P. Lovecraft wrote: "Of living creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few if any can hope to equal the versatile Arthur Machen, author of some dozen tales long and short, in which the elements of hidden horror and brooding fright attain an almost incomparable substance and realistic acuteness." "The Arthur Machen Megapack" presents 25 Classic Works by Arthur Machen, ranging from supernatural to war stories, including 3 poems and a critical essay by Vincent Starrett. Almost 1,200 pages! Included are: ARTHUR MACHEN: A NOVELIST OF ECSTASY AND SIN, by Vincent Starrett THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE BARD THE PRAISE OF MYFANWY A FRAGMENT OF LIFE THE WHITE PEOPLE THE GREAT GOD PAN THE SHINING PYRAMID THE INMOST LIGHT THE HILL OF DREAMS THE THREE IMPOSTORS THE RED HAND THE SECRET GLORY THE HAPPY CHILDREN MUNITIONS OF WAR THE BOWMEN THE SOLDIERS' REST THE MONSTRANCE THE ROSE GARDEN THE CEREMONY A DOUBLE RETURN THE TERROR FAR OFF THINGS THE GREAT RETURN HIEROGLYPHICS A NEW CHRISTMAS CAROL ELEUSINIA And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see the 200+ entries in this series, covering classic authors and subjects like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, ghost stories -- and much, much more!

A Victorian Anthology 1837 1895

Author : Edmund Clarence Stedman
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Macphail s Edinburgh ecclesiastical journal and literary review

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The Fireside Encyclop dia of Poetry

Author : Henry Troth Coates
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The Public School Speaker

Author : Francis Warre Cornish
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