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The Great God Pan, The Shining Pyramid and The White People


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The Great God Pan The Shining Pyramid The White People

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Arthur Machen a contemporary of Arrhur Conan Doyle. Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats all of whom admired his work tremendously. His legacy is as interesting as his work. His great literary significance was recognized by H. P. Lovecraft who named Machen as one of the four "modern masters" of supernatural horror. His immediate influence in the US is recognisable in the development of the pulp horror found in magazines like "Weird Tales" and on such notable fantasy writers as Robert E. Howard. He is clearly influential in the work of Peter Straub, Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell and T. E. D. Klein among others. "The Shining Pyramid" was filmed for television in 1980 and films with Machen influences or references include John Carpenter's 1980 film "The Fog" (which features a character named "Mr. Machen").


'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

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