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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

I have started preternaturalising 'The Three Impostors' here in preparation for the Sarob Press book with three new novellas inspired by this Machen work.

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Re: Arthur Machen

My on-going review of ROMANCES OF THE WHITE DAY by John Howard, Mark Valentine and Ron Weighell, in the tradition of Arthur Machen -
Romances of the White Day | THE DREAMCATCHER REAL-TIME REVIEWS

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Re: Arthur Machen

Currently (slowly) reading A Fragment of Life.

I am in awe.

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Re: Arthur Machen

Quote Originally Posted by James Sucellus View Post
Currently (slowly) reading A Fragment of Life.

I am in awe.
I know Machen gets a lot of crap for his weaker pieces but when the man was on, he was freakin on. I really enjoy Fragment too.
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Re: Arthur Machen

I've not read much Machen - "The Great God Pan" and "The White People" didn't make an impression on - with the exception of the sinners and saint prologue to the former, which I found absolutely brilliant. I do, however, have the Tartarus edition of "House of Souls", which I'll read through in the future, including his two most famous stories. Machen might be an author I need to read multiple times to appreciate....
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Re: Arthur Machen

Yeah, I really need to read more of his work today. So far all I've read is his The Hill of Dreams novel (which I rank as one of my favorite novels ever) and the Tartarus Press edition of Tales of the Horror and the Supernatural. I found that latter one hit or miss... always thought that "The Great God Pan" was a little overrated for some reason (I had previously read Kenneth Grant describing it as one of the most horrific stories ever written, so maybe there was a bit too much hype going into it for me). I agree that when he's on, he's on, though.

I found it amusing that Mark Samuels told me he loved all of Machen's work, even The Anatomy of Tobacco!

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Re: Arthur Machen

I think The Great God Pan is only overrated in that it is generally considered Machen's masterpiece when that honour should go to The White People, The Hill of Dreams, or A Fragment of Life. It's still a top notch weird tale – as is The Novel of the Black Seal.

Those five works are the definitive Machen tales for me, and the ones I re-read incessantly in the hope my brain will absorb some of his mastery. Machen may not have created a large body of great weird tales, but I am utterly obsessed with the handful he did craft, thinking of them daily. The Hill of Dreams is one of the finest novels I've encountered, which boosts my esteem of him considerably despite me not having substantial interest in much of his writing.

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