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The Shining Pyramid

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  38 reviews
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published April 6th 1895)
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Vaughan asks Dyson for help since he finds strange signs outsides his home (mysterious fling stones arranged in specific patterns, drawing of peculiar eyes). Besides a little girl is missing. She was on her way home taking a shortcut never to be seen again. Who is responsible for the disappearance of the girl? Dyson has a close eye to every detail and comes up with an astonishing solution. What about the shining pyramid pin and the 'Little People'? It's a fine detective story with some supernatu ...more
Shabbeer Hassan
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, horror
Machen's occult investigator, Dyson appears in this horror-mystery story, wherein a young girl disappears and strange markings are discovered in a nearby house. What he and his friend discover is that an ancient evil, Machen's beloved creation - "little-people", have made this remote, hilly countryside as one of their lairs in form of a Shining Pyramid.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here is a story that is a prime example of how Machen builds atmosphere. For that alone I rate this story highly though it does leave many questions unanswered.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En kötü ihtimalle 4 yıldız verirdim, ama son öyküdeki iki küçük Monte Cristo Kontu referansı bir yıldız daha ekledi.
Il Male esiste. Purtroppo, esiste anche la noia.
Di Machen conoscevo, per fama, The Great God Pan e nulla più. Non sapevo dunque cosa aspettarmi da questi tre racconti; non immaginavo di annoiarmi a tal punto.

I tre racconti hanno molti punti in comune, concettualmente e per struttura narrativa: un mistero, più o meno inquietante; si giunge all'apice della tragedia; segue tediosa spiegazione. C'è molto in comune con i peggiori gialli, in cui l'investigatore, sul finir della narrazione, ricostruis
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bloody good writing, an enticing demonic tale of fairy goings on more Del Toro than twee, particularly on the dark folklorish fate of the missing girl.....who may have been led astray by mythical sprites. Theres some compelling Holmes and Watson type sleuthing, for readers of the darker Conan Doyle tales (Machen was a fan). The little folk are sometimes aligned with the children in aspect and suspicion - they are also unknowable by adults, love this trope of the separation of mores and motivatio ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Shining Pyramid takes us again to the remote hillsides of England, where a young girl has gone missing after taking a shortcut across the hills, and strange symbols are discovered around a nearby house. Vaughn who discovers arrowheads in queer arrangements around his house contacts his friend Dyson who is versed in the uncanny to help him sort out the mystery.
The apparent survival of an ancient, mystical evil in the remote hills of England shakes up the worldview of our two protagonists and
Feb 18, 2021 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantastik edebiyat okuru, korku okuru
Kara Mührün Öyküsü, Beyaz Tozun Öyküsü ve Ateş Piramidi şeklinde üç farklı öykünün yer aldığı ilginç bir kitap bu. Bu seneki Babil serisini tamamlama hedefim doğrultusunda okuduğum ilk kitap aynı zamanda.

Son derece fantastik unsurlarla bezeli, mitolojiden ve yerel anlatılardan beslenen öykülerden beni en çok etkileyen Beyaz Tozun Öyküsü oldu. Ancak kitaba ismini veren öykünün tasvirlerindeki ürperticilik, yarattığı atmosfer bambaşkaydı.

Öykülerin ortak özelliği, hepsinde olayların gizeminin ya bi
Tre racconti per Machen in cui l’idea del male sembra essere la sua ossessione.
Forse il migliore dei tre a mio avviso è “ il romanzo della polvere bianca”, l’idea di questo male che ribolle vischioso e che infetta è vincente.
“Il romanzo del sigillo nero” a tratti mi ha evocato le atmosfere de Il giro di vite di James, ma molto debole sul genere. Per il resto mi sono sembrati poco incisivi.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one is something that you should think of. Occult investigator Dyson called out by his friend Mr. Vaughan as he couldn't find out the mystery of those indescribable symbols that appears outside of his home. Meanwhile a girl named Annie Trevor been disappeared and there's no clue about where might she gone. All this made a conclusion in the end as there's something going on with that Shining Pyramid. Fairly good horror to read... ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, my-thing
It's unfortunate that some overzealous Goodreads librarian, unaware of the complicated publishing history of Machen's works, has combined editions of The Shining Pyramid that ought not to have been combined. In reality, the various "editions" are altogether different works. I've read two editions and rather than uncombine the mess and add the earliest edition to the GR database I've thrown caution to the winds and chosen the longest edition available here for my shelves. Lord knows what's in it. ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hugo Barbosa
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A little tale of mystery and horror, it blends elements of detective stories and horror. The story starts innocently enough with two men discussing strange arrangements of stones left at their doorstep. This part reminded me of The Adventure of the Dancing Men by Conan Doyle. Someone finds a code near their house that may have horrific implications. The discussion between the two and their rational thinking echoes Poe's The Mysteries of the Rue Morgue. But where Doyle's and Poe's tale concluded ...more
John Yelverton
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
The protagonists discover weird symbols around their property, and proceed to investigate with a detachedness worthy of a robot. This makes them behave in a most ungentlemanly manner at the end of the story, and made me put it down with disgust.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another excellent and strange tale from Machen. A man who is friends with Dyson asks him to visit as strange stone formations are appearing on the path next to his house, which is in the Welsh wilderness. Not only this, but they are formed from ancient stone flints, which have clearly been shaped by hands that are not human. Meanwhile a local girl has disappeared, and strange painted eyes appear on the garden wall, and the aura of menace increases. Culminates in a dramatic ending, this is anothe ...more
Gerardo Vinier
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En realidad, me gustó mucho la escritura de Machen, tiene ese arcanismo que me enamoró de Lovecraft pero que en él se siente mucho más mortífero, en el aspecto de que es casi histórico. Me pregunto si Borges eligió los mejores relatos o los menos «terroríficos».
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a little irritated by the ending of this story. There was a little bit too much of an explanation which ruins the whole atmospheric eerieness of the scene in Chapter 4.

It was okay. I even liked it as the mystery advanced, but the ending leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Patrick Green
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Machen finally wrote a story that I could actually enjoy reading. None of the Holmesian piddle that he constantly been using to grab his audience's attention is present. Just a good horror story about a couple of pals who hear rumors of disappearances in the countryside and the foolish decision that they make to investigate bizarre patterns left in the forest around one of their homes. The title of this story also doesn't tie loosely into the plot like Machen's other works. It is an understated ...more
a pirâmide de fogo
xadrez literário muito bem conseguido.
deliciosa atmosfera, densa e mística.
grande final lasciviamente horrososo.
faltou alguma convicção, na linguagem de Machen, para definitivamente empurrar o leitor na direcção do abismo. a mesma convicção que Borges quase sempre consegue (com as suas referências por vezes duvidosas, quase sempre deliciosas, raras vezes gratuitas). escrever, antigamente, era um acto muito mais desamparado. os pormenores que povoariam as páginas teriam de s
Lynsey Walker
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a few misses on the book front we are back on solid ground with some 'Folk Horror'

As that is apparently what Mr Machen's work is called, Folk Horror. Nice I like that, sounds a bit like a country goth band.

Still, I digress.

This was a perfect little read and indeed very horrible. I admire any story teller that can fit so much feeling and well, story, into 30 pages. This one had everything, from the slow build up of tension, weird symbols and a learned professor type from the city come to so
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another truly classic short story by Arthur Machen featuring some of my favourite recurring characters in literature, Vaughan and Dyson. This tale can be read probably in under and hour, and it is an hour of your time thoroughly well spent.

As per the Welsh romanticism evangelised by Machen, the meat of the story take place in his childhood home of South Wales (which is also my home), with real world locations such as Caerleons Roman amphitheatre taking centre stage.

This story feels like almost a
The Starry Library
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A young girl goes missing and some inter-dimensionals are somehow connected in this weird tale by Arthur Machen. Landscape occultism is how I would describe this book. Machen's writing was inspired by his natural surroundings which contained Roman and Celtic history. His earthy mysticism crept into the pages of most of his works which grounds the creepiness of his stories.

Geography, geology, flint, eyes, a half-moon, and a shining pyramid are the pagan elements of this eerie story about the thi
G. İlke
Babil Kitaplığı'ndan seçtiğim dördüncü kitap Ateş Piramiti, bu serinin -şimdilik- en az beğendiğim kitabı oldu. Birkaç özel kelimeyle birbirine bağlı üç öyküden oluşan kitapta tema yine doğaüstü olaylar ama burada bence "iyi bir fikrin o kadar da iyi olmayan ellerde harcanması" durumu söz konusu. Üç kez iyi zıplamıştık aslında ama dördüncüde afalladık. =( ...more
Enrique Oviedo
Historias de horror sencillas con un denominador cómun: la existencia de fuerzas ocultas y obscuras que subyacen a la civilización (en este caso, la sociedad victoriana, en pleno progreso científico, aunque paradójicamente en un momento en que lo paranormal recobró fuerza como una reacción).
Estos cuentos prefijuran y anteceden al más clásico Lovecraft.
Tim Pendry

One of Arthur Machen's earliest short stories from 1895 which introduces the idea of 'evil' primeval troglodytic forces lurking under Britain's Western mountains. It doesn't quite hang together and the final scenes exhibit hysteria but the theme of what lies behind the veil of normality creates unease.
pınar ⠀ོ
"Şüphesiz fazla okuyor, çok hızlı yemek yiyor, sonra yine büyük bir telaşla kitaplarına geri dönüyor."

"Sırf esrarlı görünmek uğruna esrarlı davrandığımı sanma­yın," dedi. ''Bir şey söylemiyorum, çünkü, söyle­yecek bir şey yok ..."

"Gerçeklerle boğu­şuyorum; şimdi düş zamanı."
Nov 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Öyküler bu tür yazın antolojilerindeki tamamlanmamış (yarım kalan) fragmanlar gibi. Maalesef beklediğimi bulamadım.
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
There is imagery and atmosphere, but not much pay off. The ending is definitely lacking. Narrator Ian Gordon.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great encounter with the Fairy Folk.
M.J. Johnson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Very short novella. Lovely tale beautifully told.
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Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the 1890s. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His long story The Great God Pan made him famous and controversial in his lifetime, but The Hill of Dreams is generally considered his masterpiece. He also is well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

At the age of eleven, Machen

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