The Great God Pan

Open Road Media
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A gothic masterpiece set in Victorian England: “One of the best horror stories ever written. Perhaps the best in the English language” (Stephen King).

When Mr. Clarke agrees to visit his friend Dr. Raymond, he is dubious about the proceedings he is to witness. In pursuit of what Raymond calls “transcendental science,” the doctor intends to make a small incision in a woman’s brain, allowing her to see past the world of the senses to a reality beyond imagining—a realm where, Raymond says, one can see the great god Pan. Though the experiment is an apparent failure, it will not be Clarke’s last brush with the sinister beyond.
 
Years later, Clarke hears of a woman named Helen Vaughan, who is said to be at the root of many mysterious and tragic events. From London to the Americas and back, a string of suicides and disappearances lay in the wake of this evil seductress, whom Clarke believes is not entirely of this world.
 
Upon publication in 1890, Arthur Machen’s The Great God Pan was deemed controversial for its depictions of paganism and sexual depravity. It has since been recognized as a masterwork of gothic horror.
 
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About the author

Arthur Machen (1863–1947) was a Welsh author and actor best known for his fantasy and horror fiction. He grew up with intentions of becoming a doctor, but followed a boyhood passion of the supernatural and occult and started to write. In 1890, Machen began publishing short stories in literary magazines. Four years later, he released his breakthrough work, The Great God Pan. Decried upon initial publication for its depictions of sex and violence, the tale has since become a horror classic and has been hailed as “maybe the best [horror story] in the English language” by Stephen King. Machen continued to publish supernatural novels but spent time as actor in a traveling player company after his wife’s death. His literary career revived once more with the publication of his works The House of Souls and The Hill of Dreams. During World War I, Machen became a full-time journalist. Though he rallied for republications of his works, Machen’s literary career ultimately diminished, and he lived much of his life in poor finances. 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Feb 21, 2017
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Pages
42
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ISBN
9781504043625
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Horror
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The supernatural tales of the Welsh mystic author Arthur Machen have played an instrumental, though in recent times semi-forgotten part in the history of horror fiction. Famous tales such as ‘The Great God Pan’ and ‘The Hill of Dreams’ have intrigued readers for over a hundred years, retaining the same raw power that first shocked Victorian readers. This comprehensive collection offers the most complete edition of Arthur Machen possible in the US, with all the fiction except for one obscure short story collection. The compressive eBook provides numerous illustrations, informative introductions, many rare non-fiction works and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Machen's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL four novels, with individual contents tables
* Rare novels like THE GREEN ROUND appear here for the first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Rare short story collections like THE CHRONICLE OF CLEMENDY, appearing in print for the first time in many years
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
* Rare uncollected tales – 105 grisly Machen stories for you to explore
* Easily locate the short stories you want to read
* Special criticism section, with Starrett’s seminal essay evaluating Machen’s contribution to literature
* Features Machen’s first autobiography - discover the author’s early life and first inspirations
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

Please note: ‘The House of the Hidden Light’ cannot appear in this collection due to being published for the first time in 2003 and therefore not being in the public domain. Once new texts enter the public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
THE HILL OF DREAMS
THE TERROR
THE SECRET GLORY
THE GREEN ROUND

The Shorter Fiction
THE CHRONICLE OF CLEMENDY: OR THE HISTORY OF THE IX JOYOUS JOURNEYS. CARBONNEK
THE GREAT GOD PAN, AND THE INMOST LIGHT
THE THREE IMPOSTORS: OR THE TRANSMUTATIONS
THE HOUSE OF SOULS
THE ANGELS OF MONS
THE GREAT RETURN
THE SHINING PYRAMID, 1923
THE SHINING PYRAMID, 1924
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERY
THE COSY ROOM AND OTHER STORIES
THE CHILDREN OF THE POOL, AND OTHER STORIES
UNCOLLECTED TALES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS

The Non-Fiction
THE MEMOIRS OF JACQUES CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, 1725-1798
THE ANATOMY OF TOBACCO
HIEROGLYPHICS
DR STIGGINS: HIS VIEWS AND PRINCIPLES
MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS

The Criticism
ARTHUR MACHEN: A NOVELIST OF ECSTASY AND SIN by Vincent Starrett

The Autobiography
FAR OFF THINGS

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