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Reincising Machen's Headstone

2020 AGM and Dinner

FoAM Meeting in USA?

New publication for members: Arthur Machen's Occult Catalogues

New publication: An Arthur Machen Gazetteer

Republication of Machen's Hieroglyphics

Faunus Essay Competition

 

Reincising the Inscription on Machen's Headstone

When Arthur Machen died, in 1947, he was buried with his wife Purefoy, who had predeceased him, in the Old Amersham Cemetery. As well as names and dates, the headstone bore both artwork and the legend: Omnia Exeunt in Mysterium - "all things pass into strangeness". A fitting motto, but the inscription has suffered more than seventy years of weather and lichen. Now the Friends of Arthur Machen have contracted for the stone to be cleaned and reincised. The work is to be undertaken by Creative Memorials.

 

2020 AGM and Dinner

Next Year's FoAM Annual General Meeting and Dinner to be held at The Grange Hotel, York on 7th March. The AGM will commence at 3pm, the Dinner at 7.30pm. Further details to be announced: watch this space!

 

New Title for Members: Arthur Machen's Occult Catalogues

Tartarus Press has produced for the Friends a new hardback book, Arthur Machen's Occult Catalogues, edited by R.A. Gilbert. Existing members should be receiving a copy shortly, with the pending mailing of Faunus. If you'd like a copy but are not a member, now might be a good time to join: the offer of a copy to new members stands until the end of 2019.

In June 1885 Arthur Machen was invited by George Redway, publisher and bookseller, to compile a catalogue. Machen explained that Redway "was also a second-hand book-seller. He had a mass of odd literature stored in a garret in Catherine Street, and on these volumes I was let loose". Machen judged this "as odd a library as any man could desire to see. Occultism in one sense or another was the subject of most of the books". This catalogue, The Literature of Occultism and Archaeology, is reprinted in full, along with a later Frederick Hockley catalogue of 1887.

Later, Machen began to sell books on his own account. With his friend Harry Spurr he created a business under the name of "Thomas Marvell" and produced Thesaurus Incantatus, "a remarkable combination of magico-alchemical fable and very select catalogue of alchemical books". This catalogue, also reprinted in this volume, was published in December 1888, but was not a great success; thus Machen's career as a cataloguer and bookseller came to an end.

 

Calling Members in USA!

FoAM's new USA representative, Dean Zimmerman, would like to hear from any US members who would like to meet up, perhaps initially with a dinner in New York or some other convenient city. If you're interested, email Dean from the contacts page.

 

An Arthur Machen Gazetteer

Tartarus Press is pleased to announce publication of Occult Territory: An Arthur Machen Gazetteer. This 272 page limited edition hardback book contains over 160 entries for those places in which Arthur Machen lived, worked, wrote, ate, drank and worshipped. It is also a guide to sites that influenced his life and his work. It is illustrated, often with contemporary photographs, and includes quotes from Machen, and those that knew him. Find out more here!

 

Hieroglyphics republished by Tartarus Press

Machen wasn't only a practitioner of writing fiction. In the Edwardian era his literary journalism led him to formulate his own ideas in the field we now designate as literary theory. Machen's narratological theories lead him towards ecstasy as the essential quality of great writing. He founds his arguments deep in perceptive practical reading of classic literature, privileging stories of quest and adventure over the realism triumphant in his youth, feting Homer rather than Jane Austen. His theories have a lasting coherence and also shed a fascinating light on Machen's own achievement in fiction. To find out more, visit this page!

 

Announcing Faunus Essay Prizes

In this year, 2019, there will be a £200 prize for the best essay contribution to Faunus, and two runner-up prizes of £100 each. All three prizes will include a year's free membership of FoAM. Anyone except Committee members of FoAM may contribute. Essays should be a minimum of 4000 words in length, and may concern any subject likely to be of serious interest to members. The Faunus Editors, James Machin and Timothy Jarvis will be the judges, and submissions should be made to that journal.