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The Great God PanBle through various means drugs meditation magick a blow to the head etc He was also a wonderfully evocative writer with an intense love for that very physical world that potentially contained many horrors ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureWritten in 1894 Arthur Machen s The Great God Pan is a short novel which was highly influential to HP Lovecraft and Stephen King King in fact said The Great God Pan is one of the best horror stories ever written Maybe the best in the English language Mine isn t anywhere near that good The Great God Pan sed to be hard to find but is now available free on the Kindle and at other public domain e book outlets and is easily read in one dark and rainy eveningThe first few pages of The Great God Pan describe Mr Clarke s visit to his friend Dr Raymond After many years of study Dr Raymond has theorized that the spirit world is all around A Pastors Practical Guide to Funerals us but that humans arenable to perceive it because of the particular set Caveman 3 up of our sensory systems Thus he hypothesizes that a small lesion in the cortex of the brain a slight adjustment of our normal functioning will lift the veil so that we can perceive the supernatural The Greeks called this seeing the Great God Pan Dr Raymond invites Mr Clarke into his laboratory where he is ready to perform this operation on Mary a beautiful teenage girl who he saved from the streets years before and who in his thinking owes him her life The operation appears to bensuccessful or at least Mary turns out to be incapable of describing her perceptions because she has become an idiot The rest of the story is Mr Clarke s collection of accounts of Trylogia husycka (Trylogia husycka unexplained suicides and strange deaths apparently from shock and terror in London society and his gradual suspicion that there is some connection between these deaths and Dr Raymond s failed experiment The horrible things he hears about happen in private many appear to be sexual in nature so he can t report the specifics for any of them Eerie tension and a creeping horror arise as the reader fills in thenknown with fears from his or her own imaginationIt s disappointing that the writing style of The Great God Pan isn t as exuisite as the terror is but it s pleasant enough and completely readable over 100 years later The Great God Pan is a must read for any fan of horror fiction not the bloody gruesome type of horror but the brain bending soul scaring type Reading this book was a bit like eating a salad made with bottled dressing instead of one made with virgin olive oil view spoileris there such thing as experienced olive oil Does Olive do something naughty with Popeye we are never told about All that spinach makes a man you know strong maybe she couldn t resist the Semasa Kecil di Kampung 1913-1928 ugly old git hide spoiler My favored definition of wisdom has always been a recognition of one s limits and as such wisdom is vital for writers When an author knows their capabilities and their flaws they are in prime position to write a story which takes advantage of their strengths and mitigates their weaknessesYet what is preferable for an artist to stay within the bounds of their skill or to work to always to exceed them The first sort will be able to create precise and deliberate works of mastery while the latter can produce wild and intense works of vision All authors experiment and take risks while writing should such experiments be left in even when are not entirely successfulThere are works like Moby Dick which are masterpieces precisely because they are full of numerousnusual experiments not all of which were effective Many critics are hesitant to praise works which are grand yet incomplete stitching together many wild ideas and disparate techniues to create a vision which is powerful and inspirational despite being conflictedIn fantastical genres it is perhaps an even central La voglia dei cazzi e altri fabliaux medievali uestion since they are so dependent on the strength of idiomatic vision Perhaps the clearest illustration of the importance of that creative force is the vast influence of pulp authors Their style was defined bynbridled exploration and a thirst for new ideas They went headlong into the fray without pretension for authors who erred on the side of caution tended to be left behind What They Lacked In Style they lacked in style and plot they tried to overcome with an What they lacked in style character and plot they tried to overcome with an of ideasIn horror the line between restraint and The Great Bullocky Race unfettered creativity issually defined by what the author chooses to describe and what is left to the reader s imagination As many a skilled writer has demonstrated the reader is often better at scaring themselves if the setup is strong enough The strongest example may be when the author begins to describe some terror then breaks off with but it was too horrific for words to describe too awful to comprehend too shocking for the mere mortal mind to revisit Though many authors particularly of the Victorian Rogue Protocol use this techniue I tend to associate it with Lovecraft It has been a running joke in my writing circle that Lovecraft s monsters are not actually that terrifying it s just that his protagonists are so nervous and sensitive as to be totallynnerved even by the least impMachen صفیر سیمرغ uses this techniue throughout the story leaving much of the action implied so that we must piece together the reality from the occasional detail His constant drawing back from actual descriptions helps to remind the reader that for the purposes of a story what the Thing looks like or what it is capable of are not fundamental to the story itself The story is about people about their reactions and the progression of events and if the structure is strong there is no need to explicate the monsterMachen s writing is competent and precise he does not give in to the purple prose and long internal monologues which typify Lovecraft nor does he trudge along workmanlike in the manner of Stoker The gradualnfolding of the story and its mysteries is artful and the neasy tone consistentYet On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horrific because of its decadent style and sexual content although it has since garnered a reputation as a classic of horror Machen’s story was only one of many at the. As good as advertised called by Stephen King to be perhaps the greatest horror story in English Not sure about that but I can see how influential this may have been Really weird and has allusions to myth First published in 1890 this is after Poe but before Lovecraft creating something of a bridge between masters of the horror genreThis has all the elements of a great story and created a benchmark for what makes a horror story Read for ClassI m glad I had to re read this for the final because it s definitely not a 2 star read like my previous rating This was a strange little story sold as paganism with a touch of sexuality It had a supernatural feel that left me holding my breath in anticipation Unfortunately due to the confusing nature of the book it also left me holding my head in confusion than once I was initially intrigued by the story but midway through it morphed into a Sherlock style detective case before getting back to the mystical elements that made it niue Overall it was a good idea but poorly executed Whatever the hell was going on with the society when this was published This a sensation Underwhelming Thank God I live now not then I would have died bored out of my mindToo whimsical for me Reads like a cross of Hawthorne with Poe with just a tad of Lovecraft who might have been a diligent follower of Machen at a later date and several notes from Merezhkovsky of all autors added into the mix Though in the case of Merezhkovsky it is not clear who influenced who even if this was not a case of ideas congeniality since they sort of worked and published simultaneously Lovecraft might have been himself influenced by Machen not the other way around The story centers around a hypomaniacal sociopathic butcher of a transcendent surgeon who spews lots of bullshit and proceeds to act on it Some Pan added to the mix some dreadful mysteries some incarnates some whatnot Did nothing to me read tediously Why did I even bother to read it No I think not even if the worst happened As you know I rescued Mary fromthe gutter and from almost certain starvation when she was a child I think her life ismine to se as I see fit cBut have you no misgivings Raymond Is it absolutely safe Safe Of course it is In itself the operation is a perfectly simple one any surgeoncould do it And there is no danger at any other stage None absolutely no physical danger whatsoever I give you my word We are standing on the brink of a strange world Raymond if what you say is true I suppose the knife is absolutely necessary c This is patently what should be the prompt to getting the hell out of the plan whatever it involves operations investments whatever Hear the crock talking And not the feeble is the knife necessary That is a strange saying of his In every grain of wheat there lies hidden the soul of a star cStrangely that wonderful hot day of the fifties rose p again in Clarke s imagination the sense of dazzling all pervading sunlight seemed to blot out the shadows and the lights of the laboratory and he felt again the heated air beating in gusts about his face saw the shimmer and he felt again the heated air beating in gusts about his face saw the shimmer from the turf and heard the myriad murmur of the summer cHe could only think of the lonely walk he had taken fifteen years ago it was his last look at the fields and woods he had known since he was a child and now it all stood out in brilliant light as a picture before him Above all there came to his nostrils the scent of summer the smell of flowers mingled and the odour of the woods of cool shaded places deep in the green depths drawn forth by the sun s heat and the scent of the good earth lying as it were with arms stretched forth and smiling lips overpowered all His fancies made him wander as he had wandered long ago from the fields into the wood "TRACKING A LITTLE PATH BETWEEN THE SHINING UNDERGROWTH OF " a little path between the shining ndergrowth of the wood tracking a little path between the shining ndergrowth of beech and the trickle of water dropping from the limestone rock sounded as a clear melody in the dream c The Great God Pan is a succinct gem of horror and mystery a kind of spiritual variation on classic tales of lycanthropy though its effectiveness depends on one s sensitivity to and belief in the potential horrors of the very real though Liebe, Mia, Sevilla - Kolumne ins Glück (Liebesroman, Chick-Lit) unseen forces beneath material manifestationA scientist a self proclaimed practitioner of transcendental medicine cuts into a young woman s brain to heighten her spiritual awareness but instead Pan the wild nature spirit or rather the tremendous invisible life force that seethes beneath nature s visible cloak enters and impregnates her The spawn of this diabolicalnion a society woman with a lovely though strangely Backwards Out of the Big World unsettling face wreaks havoc in late 19th century London very atmospherically portrayed in all its twisty mystery as a series of well heeled men mysteriously commit suicide It s short 50 60 pages and it is presented in a patchwork fashion as overlapping chapters that connect only peripherally to each other that for me intensified the mystery and made the tale feel like a much longer work in concentrate It could be called a minimalist masterpiece of Gothic horrorAt the time of publication this book causedite a scandal because of its suggestion that men were killing themselves because of some dark sex magic that transferred Pan in the form of an STD I suppose from the carrier to them though all this occurs off stage as it were It s hard now to see what the fuss was all about and so it s much easier now to simply focus on the potency of the tale As an author of some of classic Weird Tales Arthur Machen has the added advantage of believing much of what he writes about He was a keen explorer of dark mystical realms and was right there in the thick of London s Magickal scene he along with Yeats and Aleister Crowley were members of The Order of the Golden Dawn Machen knew of powerful realities hidden from our rational intellects by the thinnest of physical veils and that the parting of this veil was possi. The Great God Pan is a novella written by Arthur Machen A version of the story was published in the magazine Whirlwind in 1890 and Machen revised and extended it for its book publication together with another story The Inmost Light in 1894.

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Here are problematic aspects The characters are not vivid or well differentiated which makes them difficult to connect with and the story harder to follow We are often casting about between different individuals and their experiences and since they all speak in a similar voice and have similar backgrounds it can be a task to keep them apartAnd while the gradual nfolding of the action is enjoyable the structure is somewhat imprecise going back and forth and sometimes repeating itself Though Stoker was rough and guileless and Lovecraft often overwrought at least they both focused on the central motivations and desires of their characters throughoutDespite these flaws it isn t difficult to see why horror authors from Lovecraft to King have cited this story as an influence and have worked to recreate its haunting slow burning build For Reasons a guy named Raymond wants to experiment on putting a person into some sort of altered state Mary was like super poor and he took her in and fed her so this is fair he says She agrees because of Stockholm syndrome like loyalty to this creep Bad idea genes abound here and then Mary and Raymond are basically out of the narrativeAgain with a really destitute person in the street Herbert an old school chum of Villiers No you re not supposed to know who Villiers is Does he try to help his nfortunate friend No he just listens to his sad but vague story about his Fragile Eternity unfortunate marriage and how it ruined his life then says bye and goes off and tells other people because he appears to be a nosy gossip and judgy too Machen is by no means a great prose stylist and this book is written in a confused manner Many lurid events are hinted at then broken off with a leaving the reader to surmise what took place It would be fine if the conclusions were obvious but they aren t even when I thought I got what had happened and I found myself several time turning back trying to figure out if a person had died or whatInteresting that Machen named the insignificant artist character Meyrink as the tone of the book isite reminiscent of Eggeler s illustrations for Meyrink the writerI m not sure what mythological or anthropological material this is based on if any It doesn t jive with the admittedly minimal material I ve read on PanI have a reprint of the 1926 Ayer Company publication that includes Inmost Light and Red Hand as well I was relieved to reach page 90 and find out I was done with this story The Great God Pan is one of Arthur Machen s earliest works and also his most popular Upon release it was widely denounced as decadent and depraved although it has since influenced countless writers of horror and weird fiction from HP Lovecraft to Stephen KingMachen was a bohemian fellow deeply opposed to science and modernity he held a belief that the real world is just a veil behind which another world is hidden infinitely strange mysterious and magical The Great God Pan is set in Wales Machen s home country and begins with a Mr Clarke visiting a Dr Raymond Dr Raymond is a surgeon who believes that humans are surrounded by a supernatural mysterious world but aren T ABLE TO TRULY PERCEIVE IT FOR DR RAYMOND able to truly perceive it For Dr Raymond human mind can be surgically altered opened to lift the barrier separating that world from ours which he calls seeing the Great God Pan He even has a test subject ready a beautiful girl named Mary Raymond intends to sever part of Mary s brain tissue to lift the veil which supposedly separates her from the spiritual world justifying part of Mary s brain tissue to lift the veil which supposedly separates her from the spiritual world justifying experiment by the fact that he has rescued her from poverty on the streets and certain death her life is his to Restrain By Treaty ui Treaty Collection use as he sees fit Raymond performs the operation and Mary is apparently horrified by something only she can see but she s also renderednable to narrate her experiences as the operation left her completely retardedYears later Mr Clarke is living in London and has completely distanced himself from anything supernatural as a result of Dr Raymond s experiment but the old passion for the Lord of Shadows unseen would not let him go entirely and he dedicated himself to complete a book which he calls Memoirs to prove the Existence of the Devil a collection of accounts of the life of a girl named Helen V a girl from a small Welsh village near the English border Over the years Helen was to said to have encountered strange things in the woods andltimately left the village still shrouded in mystery the story then shifts to an omniscient narrator recounting a series of suicides of rich men from London all of which seem to be connected in a strange way Ultimately it concludes with Raymond and Clarke connecting once again this time through letters where they exchange their opinions and suspicions about these horrors and their natureThis is ndoubtedly an important work of weirdhorror fiction as it s influence can be seen all over the genre One notable influence which immediately comes to mind is Peter Straub s classic Ghost Story which can even be read as almost an extended tribute to it The Great God Pan is a strange story it s jumbled plot and experiments with narration Mr Clarke collects testimonies of people who retell a story of another person and its characters are neither well developed nor distinctive from one another The end is confusing and the terror itself doesn t make much sense it s never given any possible reasoning behind it and seems to happen just because it can It s not a novella easily explained and its interpretations are many but in this lies precisely the fun of it Still it s an important work Machen showed how restraint can be effective than exposure and let readers scare themselves with their own vision of the horror instead of drowning them with gore and schlock as many contemporary authors do So it s best to treat The Great God Pan an an important foundation on which later authors such as Lovecraft King and Straub have expanded and built their own works. Time to focus on Pan as a seful symbol for the power of nature and paganism The title was taken from the poem A Musical Instrument published in 1862 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in which the first line of every stanza ends the great god