History Creator / ArthurMachen

13th Jun '16 12:15:08 AM PaulA
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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Machen Arthur Machen]] (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and actor best known for his fantasy/horror tales set in the decadent Edwardian era. He was a major influence on Creator/HPLovecraft, who considered him a modern master who could create "cosmic horror raised to its most artistic pitch." In addition to ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'', Lovecraft also praised "The Novel of the Black Seal" and "The Novel of the White Powder" (''The Three Imposters'') as "approach[ing] the absolute culmination of loathsome fright" and used them as the basis for his own works ''Cool Air'' and ''Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace''. Along with his American contemporary RobertWChambers, Machen is noted today as one of the forerunners of the [[CosmicHorrorStory Cosmic Horror]] genre Lovecraft pioneered.

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Machen Arthur Machen]] (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and actor best known for his fantasy/horror tales set in the decadent Edwardian era. He was a major influence on Creator/HPLovecraft, who considered him a modern master who could create "cosmic horror raised to its most artistic pitch." In addition to ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'', Lovecraft also praised "The Novel of the Black Seal" and "The Novel of the White Powder" (''The Three Imposters'') as "approach[ing] the absolute culmination of loathsome fright" and used them as the basis for his own works ''Cool Air'' and ''Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace''. Along with his American contemporary RobertWChambers, Creator/RobertWChambers, Machen is noted today as one of the forerunners of the [[CosmicHorrorStory Cosmic Horror]] genre Lovecraft pioneered.
20th Jun '15 6:26:27 PM NarniaRanger
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* [[YourVampiresSuck Your Fairies Suck]]: "The Novel of the Black Seal" has Professor Gregg speak on the cute image of fairies and how inaccurate they are. In fact, Gregg goes on to say that the image was partly the result of humans trying to downplay how cruel the Fair a Folk could be; much like how they were referred to as "Fair" and "Good," so, too, were they pictured in beautiful forms, so as to let humanity sleep well at night.
26th Apr '15 11:06:05 AM SharleeD
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* MonsterShapedMountain: The diary-writing girl from "The White People" encounters a field full of odd stones shaped like faces, weird twisted animals, and dead bodies. They whisper to her, and she imitates their poses.
8th May '14 2:58:40 AM BrokenEye
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** Also [[spoiler: Fredrick Leicester]] in ''The Three Impostors''
24th Jan '14 12:37:11 PM LongLiveHumour
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Machen was born to a poor vicar in rural Wales. As an adult, his poverty was greatly ameliorated by an inheritance left him by several Scottish relatives, which also enabled him to devote more time to writing. He took up acting shortly after the death of his first wife in 1899 and associated with Creator/AleisterCrowley and his circle, mostly out of curiosity. Machen is also responsible for "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_of_Mons The Angels of Mons]]", a fictional tale he wrote for a newspaper during WorldWarI that many subsequently treated as a true story - despite his insistence that it was no such thing.

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Machen was born to a poor vicar in rural Wales. As an adult, his poverty was greatly ameliorated by an inheritance left him by several Scottish relatives, which also enabled him to devote more time to writing. He took up acting shortly after the death of his first wife in 1899 and associated with Creator/AleisterCrowley and his circle, mostly out of curiosity. Machen is also responsible for "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_of_Mons The Angels of Mons]]", a fictional tale he wrote for a newspaper during WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI that many subsequently treated as a true story - despite his insistence that it was no such thing.
8th Jan '14 2:38:42 AM PaulA
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After a brief period of popularity in the 1920s, Machen's fortunes faded. On his eightieth birthday in 1943, however, a literary appeal was launched to formally recognize him as a distinguished man of letters. Signers of the appeal included Creator/TSEliot, Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, Walter de la Mare, Algernon Blackwood, and Creator/JohnMasefield. Its success allowed Machen to live out his final years in relative comfort.

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After a brief period of popularity in the 1920s, Machen's fortunes faded. On his eightieth birthday in 1943, however, a literary appeal was launched to formally recognize him as a distinguished man of letters. Signers of the appeal included Creator/TSEliot, Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, Walter de la Mare, Algernon Blackwood, Creator/AlgernonBlackwood, and Creator/JohnMasefield. Its success allowed Machen to live out his final years in relative comfort.
5th Jan '14 8:39:13 PM kensu
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* WallOfText: The "Green Book" section of The White People is 20 pages along, and consists of less than 10 paragraphs.
22nd Dec '13 7:25:59 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Machen was born to a poor vicar in rural Wales. As an adult, his poverty was greatly ameliorated by an inheritance left him by several Scottish relatives, which also enabled him to devote more time to writing. He took up acting shortly after the death of his first wife in 1899 and associated with AleisterCrowley and his circle, mostly out of curiosity. Machen is also responsible for "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_of_Mons The Angels of Mons]]", a fictional tale he wrote for a newspaper during WorldWarI that many subsequently treated as a true story - despite his insistence that it was no such thing.

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Machen was born to a poor vicar in rural Wales. As an adult, his poverty was greatly ameliorated by an inheritance left him by several Scottish relatives, which also enabled him to devote more time to writing. He took up acting shortly after the death of his first wife in 1899 and associated with AleisterCrowley Creator/AleisterCrowley and his circle, mostly out of curiosity. Machen is also responsible for "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_of_Mons The Angels of Mons]]", a fictional tale he wrote for a newspaper during WorldWarI that many subsequently treated as a true story - despite his insistence that it was no such thing.
4th Nov '13 9:38:09 PM Vasha
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* CreatorBreakdown: Inverted. After his wife died, Machen went through a great deal of personal turmoil and soul searching. He then converted to Christianity at the turn of the century[[note]]although he'd already been part of the Anglican church for his whole life[[/note]] and used his newfound sense of inner peace to write two particularly upbeat novels, ''The Great Return'' and ''The Secret Glory''

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* CreatorBreakdown: Inverted. After his wife died, Machen went through a great deal of personal turmoil and soul searching. He then converted to Christianity at the turn of the century[[note]]although he'd already been part of the Anglican church for his whole life[[/note]] became deeply involved in Christian spirituality and used his newfound sense of inner peace to write two particularly upbeat novels, ''The Great Return'' and ''The Secret Glory''Glory''.
5th Aug '13 9:19:49 PM MisterMyst
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* AdaptationDistillation: One of his final novels, ''The Terror'' was later paired down to a small fraction of its original length by a magazine editor and republished as a short story, ''The Coming of the Terror''. Machen himself was very impressed with the result.
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