The Great God Pan
An incoherent nightmare of sex... That was The Westminster Gazette’s description of Arthur Machen’s first book, The Great God Pan, upon its publication in 1894. An unwittingly complimentary description for one of the greatest works of weird horror and decadence, in which Machen unfurls with his... show more
An incoherent nightmare of sex... That was The Westminster Gazette’s description of Arthur Machen’s first book, The Great God Pan, upon its publication in 1894. An unwittingly complimentary description for one of the greatest works of weird horror and decadence, in which Machen unfurls with his singular eye for the bizarre and macabre the tale of a young girl cursed by her unnatural parentage to become a creature of shape-shifting polysexual demi-human evil. Illustrated by Austin Osman Spare. "What can I say about a writer whose influence has been acknowledged by H.P.Lovecraft, Peter Straub, T.E.D.Klein, M.John Harrison and Clive Barker? Perhaps that he managed to communicate a sense of the inexpressibly and awesomely supernatural with more power than he ever knew." - Ramsey Campbell
Publish date: April 12th 2005
Pages no: 84
Edition language: English
Please note I have this story 3.5 stars and rounded it to 4 stars on Goodreads. I initially picked this to read for my classic horror square, but read something else instead. I still think this is a good short story to read that is not too gory for the non-horror reader group.Written in 1894, "The G...
8 interlinked stories tell the tale of a mysterious woman and her involvement in a rash of suicides in Victorian London.This is my first read by Machen and I really enjoyed the structure he used to tell this story of pagan horror. Each chapter reveals a small portion of the story, the different stra...
Very well done, nice proto-Lovecraftian plot, tidily wrapped up at the end, though I don't relate well to the epistolary style of the novel, where much(including, annoyingly, the ending) is told in past-tense, undercutting the suspense. Still worth reading, though, and I've always wanted to read it.
Picking up the old horror classics and working my way through them, I hope to find some real gems that do better than contemporaries. Of course, fiction is fiction and it always changes with time; all styles die. It had the feel of all good ghost stories, without actually being a ghost story. I had ...
I quite liked this story by Arthur Machen. I liked the air of mystery, but harrowing menace he created. Apparently the doctor's experiments in piercing the veil had some very bad effects. There was a subtle element of dark sexuality in this story, handled very elegantly. I like that much is left f...