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Old 09-30-2009   #1
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Arthur Machen

Here's an enjoyable tribute article to Arthur Machen in today's Guardian newspaper.if you click on the comments section,you'll also find reference made to Ligotti.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/sep/29/arthur-machen-tartarus-press
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I am disapointed by the lack of Horlicks magazine...
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Re: Arthur Machen

This thread seems to be in a strange place, so I'm not sure this is the most appropriate place for it, but here's a link to a 2013 article by John Gray, about Machen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22648328

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Re: Arthur Machen

Hey, Ibrahim! May I call you Abe?

I'm glad I found another who appreciates those two stories.
I've never been disappointed in Machen's later work because I don't expect to find another "Great God Pan." What I find and what I enjoy are well written works that contain echoes of those great works of the past. It's enough for me.

I'm very fond of all three stories you mention!

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Re: Arthur Machen

I don't think his post-The Secret Glory fiction is generally as powerful or memorable, but there is the odd exception with The Great Return, N and a few others. I like Change.

I think he had mostly said everything he had to say with his fiction before the advent of WW1, which accounts for the general decline in quality, but his lesser WW1 era material at least provides an interesting insight into the period.

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I think Machen is showing similarities with "the telekinetic kid" and the damage he causes when compared to the artist and the twisted thing he gives birth to. There are more complex explanations, no doubt.

I simply saw it as using a technique from"The White People."

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The same diversion is in his novel The Green Round. I generally enjoy Machen's rambling, but at times it dilutes the impact of his work. Novel of the Black Seal is a lot more focused than something like Out of the Picture and achieves a greater unity of effect, and the same goes for The Hill of Dreams when compared to The Green Round.

I still enjoy later, lesser Machen, but I am aware of his weaknesses and how, as with many writers of such fiction, the quality tapered off towards the end, though Ritual, N and others are pleasant stories I find myself returning to.

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Re: Arthur Machen

Quote Originally Posted by Druidic View Post
Hey, Ibrahim! May I call you Abe?

I'm glad I found another who appreciates those two stories.
I've never been disappointed in Machen's later work because I don't expect to find another "Great God Pan." What I find and what I enjoy are well written works that contain echoes of those great works of the past. It's enough for me.

I'm very fond of all three stories you mention!

Great luck with Malpurtius.
As i recall, you have called me Abe before, Druidic, and no- i don't mind at all. It's basically the same name.

I think the later works are interesting especially in the way that they reflect and echo and distort or comment upon his past works and themes.
But then, i tend to appreciate Late Style in a lot of artists and authors and composers. They tend to be more ferocious & genuinely indifferent to reception or reputation at this stage.

"What can a thing do with a thing, when it is a thing?"
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Re: Arthur Machen

I think Machen was as care free about what people thought in the 1890s, which is why he was one of the most fascinating writers of that fascinating period.

I still enjoyed later Machen, but I don't obsess over it like I do his pre-WW1 work. That period from The Great God Pan to The Secret Glory is so consistently astounding, and later on you only get the occasional glimpse of Machen's majesty, though a mere glimpse is often worth sticking it out for, as it is with The Terror's exceptional climax.

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Re: Arthur Machen

Tartarus have put The London Adventure back in print. Now just waiting for the 1890s Notebook.

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