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The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Peter Coates Release Date: 01/05/2021

 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. 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 time to focus on Pan as a useful 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 Pan. 

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The Shining Pyramid & The Three Impostors: Weird Tales

The Shining Pyramid & The Three Impostors: Weird Tales

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Kristoffer Tabori Release Date: 01/04/2020

In the remote hills of old England, Vaughn discovers a mysterious arrangement of stones on his doorstep in The Shining Pyramid. With the help of his old friend and investigator Dyson, they work to unravel the mysterious truth about the changing symbols and discover underground dwellers best left untouched. In this compilation from Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media, The Shining Pyramid is paired with The Three Impostors, a masterpiece of gothic horror and suspense that inspired such writers as H. P. Lovecraft. The Three Impostors is Machen’s famous collection of “weird tales”—a string of shocking short stories woven together with a fine narrative thread. The three impostors of the title are members of a secret society devoted to debauched pagan rites who weave a web of deception in the streets of London as they search for a missing Roman coin commemorating an infamous orgy by the Emperor Tiberius and close in on their prey: “the young man with spectacles.” Rich with terror, adventure, satire, deception, and dreamlike fantasy, it is a classic of occult literature written by a stylistic master.

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The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Ethan Rampton Release Date: 01/02/2019

The Great God Pan is a horror and fantasy novella by Welsh writer Arthur Machen. Machen was inspired to write The Great God Pan by his experiences at the ruins of a pagan temple in Wales. On publication, it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horrific because of its implied sexual content, and the novella hurt Machen's reputation as an author. Beginning in the 1920s, Machen's work was critically re-evaluated and The Great God Pan has since garnered a reputation as a classic of horror. Literary critics have noted the influence of other nineteenth-century authors on The Great God Pan and offered differing opinions on whether or not it can be considered an example of Gothic fiction or science fiction. The novella has influenced the work of horror writers such as Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King, and has been adapted for the stage twice.

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The Lost Club

The Lost Club

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Cathy Dobson Release Date: 01/05/2018

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. "The Lost Club" is a supernatural adventure story. Stranded in London during the summer vacation period and caught up in a sudden rainshower, two friends sought shelter in an archway. One of them vaguely remembered having heard that there was a club down this alleyway. From this point events become very strange. A mutual friend appears, who is able to introduce the two into the mysterious club. All the members are well known figures in London society... and they are all there for a bizarre and terrifying ceremony. Each member must open an old book at volume, and whoever turns up the black page will face an unknown and horrifying fate.

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The Red Hand

The Red Hand

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Cathy Dobson Release Date: 01/05/2018

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. "The Red Hand" is a mysterious horror story, which tells the peculiar tale of the strange murder of Sir Thomas Vivian, the famous heart surgeon. Why was he murdered with an ancient flint weapon, when there was an unused brand new knife at the scene? What was the meaning of the bizarre letter in the dead man's pocket, written in a very strange hand? And what could be the meaning of the peculiar symbol of a red hand chalked on the wall above the corpse?

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The Lost Club

The Lost Club

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Cathy Dobson Release Date: 01/05/2018

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. "The Lost Club" is a supernatural adventure story. Stranded in London during the summer vacation period and caught up in a sudden rainshower, two friends sought shelter in an archway. One of them vaguely remembered having heard that there was a club down this alleyway. From this point events become very strange. A mutual friend appears, who is able to introduce the two into the mysterious club. All the members are well known figures in London society... and they are all there for a bizarre and terrifying ceremony. Each member must open an old book at volume, and whoever turns up the black page will face an unknown and horrifying fate.

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The Red Hand

The Red Hand

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Cathy Dobson Release Date: 01/05/2018

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. "The Red Hand" is a mysterious horror story, which tells the peculiar tale of the strange murder of Sir Thomas Vivian, the famous heart surgeon. Why was he murdered with an ancient flint weapon, when there was an unused brand new knife at the scene? What was the meaning of the bizarre letter in the dead man's pocket, written in a very strange hand? And what could be the meaning of the peculiar symbol of a red hand chalked on the wall above the corpse?

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The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Andrea Giordani Release Date: 01/04/2018

Arthur Machen's novella explores the disturbing consequences of toying with the line between the earthly world and the spiritual realm. The Great God Pan centers around an ominous woman named Helen, who lives in the woods and invites morbid happenings. The book faced harsh censure upon its publication in 1894 for its explicit content, but today it is considered a hallmark of horror fiction. Stephen King himself called it "one of the best horror stories ever written," making it essential reading for any dedicated fans of the genre.

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The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales

The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Peter Wickham Release Date: 01/02/2018

"Dubbed the greatest horror story in English by Stephen King, The Great God Pan is an eerie and otherworldly mystery about a diabolical operation and its terrifying repercussions. After rescuing a young woman from the streets of London, Dr Raymond uses her as a test subject for brain surgery aimed at 'lifting the veil' of reality, to see the supernatural and the 'great god Pan'. The operation is a disaster and leaves the subject lobotomised. Years later, London becomes afflicted with a strange series of male suicides connected to a beautiful but sinister woman named Helen. Just who is she, and what is her connection to Dr Raymond's failed experiment? First published in 1890, The Great God Pan influenced many writers of the genre, including the unrivalled master H.P. Lovecraft. It makes perfect listening for a dark and rainy evening. The collection also includes: The White People, The Green Book, The Inmost Light, The Novel of the Black Seal, The Novel of the White Powder, The Red Hand, The Shining Pyramid and A Fragment of Life.

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The Bowmen

The Bowmen

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Cathy Dobson Release Date: 01/02/2018

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. 'The Bowmen' is perhaps the most famous of Machen's tales. It is the iconic story of an incident from the First World War trenches. Faced with inevitable death and defeat, a battalion of English soldiers is saved by the mysterious and miraculous intervention of Saint George and a company of English bowmen who had last fought at Agincourt.

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Holy Terrors

Holy Terrors

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Roy Macready Release Date: 01/02/2018

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author known for his works of horror and the fantastic. He is recognized as an influence on modern writers of supernatural fiction. "Holy Terrors" (published in 1946, a year before his death) is a collection of fourteen short stories of which nine are very short and are included in this recording. They are: "The Rose Garden" "Psychology" "The Soldier's Rest"" "The Cosy Room" "The Ceremony" "Holy Things" "The Turanians" "The Happy Children" "Munitions of War"

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A Double Return

A Double Return

Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Cathy Dobson Release Date: 01/01/2018

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. 'A Double Return' is a classic doppelganger tale. A successful artist, Hallswell, is returning by train from a painting trip in the southwest of England. As the down train passes him at a junction, he imagines he catches a glimpse of his own face in the train rushing past his window. When he reaches home, a strange and sinister mystery awaits him....

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