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'The Republic of the Southern Cross' by Valery Bryusov.

In fact, I couldn't help but feel that the setting of the story, with its enclosed city cast into darkness and descending into disease, decay, and madness, would make for a fine anthology of original stories recounting in greater details the events which are only accounted for in the original story.
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Just started reading The White People and Other Weird Stories by Arthur Machen. He is one of those authors I have known about for years, but not actually read, so I'm really looking forward to reading this.

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I don't understand why Joshi left The Great God Pan out of that book. Very odd

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My theory is that he intended it for a second book that never materialized.

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I don't understand why Joshi left The Great God Pan out of that book. Very odd
Yeah, I thought that was odd as well since it's Machen's most iconic work.

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I don't understand why Joshi left The Great God Pan out of that book. Very odd
The publishers asked that it not be included, because it had just appear'd in some other popular edition. It wasn't S. T.'s choice.

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Ah, it's nice to finally have closure re: that question. I always found it odd anybody would include The Terror over The Great God Pan. The former is an alright story with an excellent climax, but 'Pan' is typically genius 1890s Machen.

I have also criticised the Tales of Horror and the Supernatural book for including The Terror over A Fragment of Life, which Joshi to his credit judiciously included in the Penguin book.

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I am rereading Hellboy right from the start, Seed of Destruction. It is one of the best comics ever; Mignola became a superb writer as the series progressed.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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I am rereading Hellboy right from the start, Seed of Destruction. It is one of the best comics ever; Mignola became a superb writer as the series progressed.
Nice, I love Hellboy, and the first couple of issues had an amazing atmosphere, Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil and The Chained Coffin are some of my favorites from Mignola.

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