“Of Mr. Machen’s horror-tales the most famous is perhaps The Great God Pan (1894), which tells of a singular and terrible experiment and its consequences.” -H. P. Lovecraft
Scientists destroy a woman’s mind when they attempt to help her see the god of nature, Pan. Years later, a young woman named Helen arrives in London’s social scene. Her presence disturbs many young men w
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did not like it
Reading this book was a bit like eating a salad made with bottled dressing instead of one made with virgin olive oil (view spoiler)[is there such thing as experienced olive oil? Does Olive do something naughty with Popeye we are never told about? All that spinach makes a man, you know, strong, maybe she couldn’t resist the ugly old git? (hide spoiler)] and a spike of balsamic or wine vinegar for piquancy. It was almost there, you could see that there was definitely flavour in there somewhere, bu
Machen was friendly with Alastair Crowley who dubbed himself, ‘the evilest man in England’ which really deserves a reality show all of its own. I think Machen wanted to be the runner-up but lacked the charisma so he turned to words and his beloved thesaurus and the whole enterprise died at birth.
The book is the story of a woman he rescued and so felt himself able to dispose of her as he would. He devised a brain operation that would allow her to see ‘the great god Pan’. It left Mary lobotomized. Years later her daughter would wreak havoc everywhere, the evil force of women’s nature allowed full rein here, no burkas to make sure we don’t disturb the world of men who lack self control. Like all the best reality shows there is sex and violence, and violent sex, and it all ends with a terrible death accompanied by special effects, swirling smoke and a transformation into Pan himself. This isn’t the Pan of nature, the gentle god who plays a flute and is best friends with Bacchus. No this is the same Satan as worshipped by Alastair Crowley, the fallen god who seeks to mystify, confuse and spread evil and dissension. A-ha-ha-ha…
An easy read. A bit purple in the prose but schlock horror. At best.