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The father of Lovecraft
on 6 March 2013
If you are looking for a horror story that is genuinely creepy, sinister and uncanny then look no further. The Great God Pan is a tale that will stay with you long after you switch out the lights and try to sleep.
Penned by the hand of Arthur Machen this proto-Lovecraftian tale (Lovecraft acknowledged his literary debt to the work of Machen) tells of a malevolent elder god, reaching through the ages to the present day, and of the fate of those who would seek out the great god Pan.
Machen himself was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and fellow occultist Austin Spare provided illustrations in some editions (though sadly not this one). This biographical side note adds an extra air of believability to the story, and makes it a must for those with a love of the esoteric arts (indeed, I think that this would go perfectly with Somerset Maugham's The Magician).
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, IT'S ABSOLUTELY FREE! So what are you waiting for?