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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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Re: Arthur Machen

Just curious. What are your favorite Machen influenced stories? Bob Howard certainly wrote a few as well as his classic "Worms of the Earth." Peter Penzoldt believed "The Whisperer in Darkness" was a reworking of Machen's "Black Seal" but added that Lovecraft "improved" upon it -- as he often did with his sources. Wagner's ".220 Swift" is a favorite of mine as is John Buchan's "No-Man's-Land." There are many, many others including Abe's "Lair of the White Worm."

Didn't M. John Harrison write his own Great God Pan?
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Ringstones by Sarban, The Golden Basilica by Reggie Oliver, The Tower by Mark Samuels...

I don't think the Weird Tales writers improved on Machen.

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Ringstones, my favorite work by Sarban, always reminded me of Henry James. But, yes. if you dig deep enough the Machen influence is there. A good choice.
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The Turn of the Screw is clearly a strong influence, but it also bears the unmistakable miasma of Novel of the Black Seal, unless I have got the wrong end of the stick.

I wonder if Sarban was influenced by Walter de la Mare's Seaton's Aunt when he wrote his (underread) gem Number 14. I know he had read the collection it was in.

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Re: Arthur Machen

Can't help but make a comment on the WT writers.

Writers like Wandrei, Long and Keller (not usually identified as a WT writer) produced some of the most remarkable horror fictions I've ever read. Particularly Keller. But here's the rub:

They wrote to survive and they wrote a lot of SF. It hasn't held up well even if it was ahead of its time in many ways. Keller was lionized as one of the Great Pioneers of SF. And he was. No Buck Rogers stuff. But even still...

Their horror stories are often brilliant. But even in AH collections the mix is always a bit heavy on the SF end. For most contemporary readers, these stories are a real roadblock. After one or two, readers tend to quit and I don't blame them. What was exciting and thought-provoking in the 20's and 30's is tedious in the 21st century. These guys need their own collections without the dated SF.

Some of their stuff was amazing. Especially Keller. His supernatural and psychological tales of terror are absolutely exquisite. Very much like Grabinski.

These artists need their weird and horrific stuff in individual volumes. David H.Keller alone was a genius of the Weird.

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I still like the Weird Tales writers. I just like the spiritual angst of Aickman, Machen and de la Mare even more. Their stories feel like rituals as well as entertainment.

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Re: Arthur Machen

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Didn't M. John Harrison write his own Great God Pan?
Yes. It's included in his collection Things That Never Happen and was also part of his magnificent novel The Course of the Heart.
Those are two of the best books I've ever read.
He said about the short story "Apart from its title this "Great God Pan" has nothing much in common with Arthur Machen's. And although at one level it's clearly a tribute to him, I think it actually owes more to that other genius of British metaphysical fiction, Charles Williams; and to the ideas of the Golden Dawn which confused and exalted them both."
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