Reading Stories Out Loud, S1E5: The Great God Pan (Chapter 5) by Arthur Machen

This is season 1, episode 5, and we are reading Chapter 5 of The Great God Pan, an 1894 novella by Arthur Machen.

A few months have passed, and Mr. Villiers once again runs into his friend Austin. Villiers has received a letter from Mr. Clark, telling him to drop his inquiries into the history of Helen Vaughan. Austin shows Villiers a letter and a book sent to him following the death of his friend Meyrick, and it contains a shocking illustration.

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S1E1: The Great God Pan (Chapter 1) by Arthur Machen

This is season 1, episode 1, and we are starting a novella by Arthur Machen titled “The Great God Pan.”

Machen was the pen name of Arthur Llewellyn Jones, a Welsh writer from the late 19th and early 20th century. He published The Great God Pan in 1894, and it is considered be a fairly influential work of supernatural horror.

Just a heads-up, this story starts off with a scientist who is kind of a creep conducting an experimental surgery on his young female ward. While there are no graphic details, his attitude toward her is gross and dismissive. If that’s not your bag, I totally get it—you might want to sit this one out.

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NEW EPISODE: The Empty House (Part 4) by Algernon Blackwood

It’s the exciting conclusion to our story! Do Shorthouse and his aunt make it out of the house, or will they fall victims to the unsettled spirits they have roused by entering? Have a listen, and find out!

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Since this episode finished up “The Empty House,” I have been thinking about what to read next. I am mostly settled on The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen.

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The Empty House (Part 2) by Algernon Blackwood

My cat decided I needed to be awake at four this morning, so I figured I’d take it as an opportunity to read the next part of the story.

Shorthouse and Aunt Julia begin to explore the house before settling in for the night and encounter some spooky goings-on that Shorthouse does his best to explain away as nothing.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

If you’ve looking for Part 1, you can find it here.

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ARRGH! What is it with authors of contemporary fiction who can’t be bothered to use quotation marks for dialog? You’re not William Faulkner! Just use the right punctuation and help your readers out!
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Nancy LeTourneau, speculating at Washington Monthly about why Nick Ayers turned down Trump’s job offer:

It is impossible to know exactly what Ayers is up to. In November, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed suit against Ayers and one of his companies, Freedom Frontier, for illegally laundering dark money to political campaigns, noting it’s nefarious ties to the Vice President’s chief of staff. So perhaps he needed to get out of town before the proverbial shit hit the fan.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that he’s exiting a White House that is about to implode as a way to try to save his own reputation. Or maybe his plans to preserve Pence’s options as the next POTUS are better served from outside the administration.

My guess? All of the above.

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