The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan

& Other Classic Horror Stories

by Arthur Machen

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/09/2018

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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 scandalised Victorian London. His short stories are considered some of the first works of horror and have inspired generations of subsequent writers and creators.

"Of creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few can hope to equal Arthur Machen." - H. P. Lovecraft

ISBN:
9780486821962
9780486821962
Category:
Horror & ghost stories
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
28-09-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dover Publications, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
144
Dimensions (mm):
203x127mm
Weight:
0.11kg
Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen (Arthur Llewelyn Jones), a Welsh author of supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction, was born on March 3, 1863. He grew up in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, and attended boarding school at Hereford Cathedral School.

He moved to London in 1881 and worked as a journalist, children's tutor, and publisher's clerk, finding time to write at night. By 1894, Machen had his first major success.

The Great God Pan was published by John Lane, and despite widespread criticism for its sexual and horrific content, it sold well and went into a second edition.

In the 1920s Machen's work became immensely popular in the United States, but Machen experienced increasing poverty; he was saved in 1931 by receiving a Civil List pension from the British government. Arthur Machen died on March 30, 1947.

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