Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Great God Pan and....

After reading a post regarding suspense, by Charles Gramlich, that he did over at the Novel Spaces blog, The novel "The Great God Pan" by Athur Machen popped into my mind. This is an old novel, but perfectly defines a form of horror based suspense, for me at least. Anyone else ever read this? If not, might want to give it a go. Charles' post can be found HERE and info about the novel can be found HERE

-Over at Adrian McKinty's place, he's listed his top 25 "Micksploitation" ( great term ) movies that are condesending toward the Irish folk, and a few that truly depict how things should be portrayed. Tons of interesting comments and def worth a look HERE

- Found a couple of short stories that I really enjoyed reading, and you might too. Nick Bolduck's "Exposure" is over at A Twist of Noir HERE and Graham Smith's "Shooting Stars" is at Thriller's Killer's -n- Chillers HERE


  1. Thanks for the mention. I've heard of "The Great God Pan" but haven't read it. Gonna pick up a copy.

  2. Sean, bear with me here.

    When I saw the title of your post, I thought it referred to a striking little short story I read last year. I then -- of course -- found it didn't, and I'm thrilled you've mentioned this novella, so I can add it to my reading list.

    But then I was driven crazy, thinking, "What story am I thinking about, then?" I found a story called "The Great God Pan" in an anthology called Poe's Children, which I reviewed sometime on my blog. *That* story isn't actually the one I'm thinking of, and it's not -- to me, anyway -- very good. But at the end of the anthology, there it was! The story I'd been thinking of!

    It's called "Missolonghi 1824", written by John Crowley, and it concerns the events in a small villa in the Italian mountains in that year, events in which there may or may not have been the Great God Pan, trapped in a cage. It's frightening, subtle, and asks a lot of questions, and the narrator is revealed at the end (quite a nice little twist, too).

    I definitely recommend that story, if you can find it.

    /long-winded, not-very-connected-to-post babbling

    My apologies.

    Besides the novella, I'll be checking out Nick Bolduck's story at ATON. Your recs are so right on.

  3. My pleasure Charles. There is one particular desription in TGGP, that totally freaked me out.

  4. R.S- Great comments, and I'm all over trying to find and read "Missolonghi 1824" and will follow up with you. That "Pan" dude? is one wild character, fascinating actually, extremely!