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An experiment into the sources of the human brain through the mind of a young woman has gone horribly wrong. She has seen the great god Pan and will die giving birth to a daughter. Twenty years later feted society hostess Helen Vaughan becomes the source of much fevered speculation. Many men are infatuated with her beauty, but great beauty has a price, sometimes you have to pay with the only thing you have left. The Great God Pan was a sensation when first published in 1894. Its author, Arthur Machen, was a struggling unknown writer living in London. He had translated Casanova's memoirs and was living on a small inheritance. He immediately became one of the most talked-about writers of the last years of the nineteenth century, while the publication marked the start of his ongoing influence on modern fantasy and horror. Machen's dark imaginings of the reality behind ancient beliefs feature again in the acclaimed, mesmerising short story 'The White People' and the curious tale 'The Shining Pyramid', also in this volume.
Have only read two of the short stories but found them to be disappointing. The main reason, especially with The Great God Pan, is that the story is told through dialogue only, therefore dramatic effect is lost due to the fact the reader is hearing about what took place in the past, instead of reading the 'action' as it unfolds.
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
The Great God Pan, The Shining Pyramid and The White People
'Machen is a genius right enough but I don't take him to bed with me again.' Arthur Conan Doyle 'For ability to create an atmosphere of nameless terror I can think of no author living or dead who comes near to him.' Jerome K. Jerome 'Arthur Machen's stories - are inspired by a genuine emotion. He hardly ever wrote merely to frighten others; he did so because he knew he lived in an alien world.' Jorge Luis Borges
The Great God Pan The Shining Pyramid The White People
ISBN: 9781906998165 ISBN-10: 1906998167 Series: Library of Wales Audience:
Number Of Pages: 200 Published: 1st October 2010 Publisher: Parthian Books Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.22