Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy In Literature [Arthur Machen] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This scarce antiquarian book is a. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy in Literature is book on literary analysis (or a if one wishes to be technical) by Welsh fantasy/horror writer Arthur Machen.

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Nouf M added it Aug 11, Lovecraftwho hierolgyphics his essay ” Supernatural Horror in Literature ” named Machen as one of the four “modern masters” of supernatural horror with Algernon BlackwoodLord Dunsanyand M.

Smith of The Fall also found Machen an inspiration. Karl Agan marked it as to-read Nov 24, Machen’s story was widely denounced for its sexual and horrific content and consequently sold well, going into a second edition. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. Literati rated it really liked it Jun 21, Hieroglyphics is not without its flaws, but I would still highly encourage the reading of it, in order to be introduced to this fascinating theory.

Machen, however, showed literary promise, publishing in a long poem “Eleusinia” on the subject of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Waitewho was to become one of Machen’s closest friends. Machen’s use of a contemporary Welsh or London background in which sinister ancient horrors lurk and are capable of interbreeding with arthyr people obviously helped inspire Lovecraft’s similar use of a New England background. Similarly, some of his propagandistic First World War stories also have little appeal to a modern audience.


Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the s. It was published in by John Lane in the noted Keynotes Series, which was part of the growing aesthetic macchen of the time.

His article ‘Arthur Machen and The Hill of Dreams’ appeared in the Minnesota Quarterly in springand led to an exchange of letters with the Welsh hiieroglyphics. He is best known for his influential supernaturalfantasyand horror fiction.

Likewise, Current 93 have drawn on the mystical and occult leanings of Machen, with songs such as “The Inmost Light”, which shares its title with Machen’s story. In music, the composer John Ireland found Machen’s works to be a life-changing experience that directly influenced much of his composition. Far closer to Machen’s personal mystical world view was his effect on his friend Evelyn Underhillwho reflected some of Machen’s thinking in her highly influential book Aryhur.

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Return to Book Page. Machen was descended from a long line of clergymen, the family having originated in Carmarthenshire.

This led in to a second marriage, to Dorothie Purefoy Hudleston, which brought Machen much machenn. Machen, brought up as the son of a Church of England clergyman, always held Christian beliefs, though accompanied by a fascination with sensual mysticism ; his interests in paganism and the occult were especially prominent in his earliest works.

Jammer alleen dat Machen aan het eind deze ziel wil koppelen aan katholicisme. Retrieved 14 April This is one of Machens more challenging reads, mostly because it has aged so dreadfully. Martin rated it really liked it Nov 23, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Machen was a great enthusiast for literature that expressed the “rapture, beauty, adoration, wonder, awe, mystery, sense of the unknown, desire for the unknown” that he summed up in the mwchen ecstasy.


Soon after his marriage, Machen began to receive a series of legacies from Scottish relatives that allowed him to gradually devote more time to writing.

Arthur Machen

Alan Moore wrote an exploration of Machen’s mystical experiences in his work Snakes and Ladders. Machen, however, showed literary promise, publishing in a long poem “Eleusinia” on the subject of the Hieroglphics Mysteries.

Page – Gothic horror stories from the onward, defines literature as “the endeavour of every age to return to the first age, to an age, if you like, of savages. Here Machen vaguely details how he separates high literature from mere reading material, and whilst such an essay may sound haughty and pretentious, it makes more sense when you realise he isn’t making a critical separation based on quality, but is espousing his hearty belief that art should exist to portray those unknown spheres of the infinite and ourselves.

Charles Williams was also a devotee of Machen’s work, which inspired Williams’ own fiction. Returning to London, he lived in relative poverty, attempting to work as a journalist, as a publisher’s clerk, and as a children’s tutor while writing in the evening and going on long rambling walks across London.