A classic in cosmic horror, Arthur Machen's most famous story is a journey through fear, madness, and the darkest regions of the unknown. A woman is rendered catatonic after a doctor's botched attempt at brain surgery. The surgery, it seems, has opened the woman to a forbidden fold in existence, a place not meant for human eyes, a place where "The Great God Pan" dwells. Years later, men of good position begin committing suicide in the most heinous ways, and for no apparent reason. But behind this trail of bodies is a mysterious woman. What is her connection to the suicides? And even more disturbing, what secrets does she share with the catatonic victim of a horrid medical experiment, a devastated woman who was shown the horrors of The Great God Pan?
--Part of the BROKEN GROUND series of novellas--
The Broken Ground project is a series of classic novellas that have influenced, revolutionized, or perfected the art of storytelling. These groundbreaking stories forced the boundaries and formed the future of literature, sometimes creating entire styles and genres in the process. With the idea that such works should be studied so that foundations can be understood, Broken Ground is dedicated to presenting these short-but-powerful novellas in a quality - yet affordable - package worthy of the words they contain.
About the Author
Arthur Machen (3 March 1863 - 15 December 1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella "The Great God Pan" (1890; 1894) has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King called it "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language"). He is also well known for his influence on authors like H.P. Lovecraft and his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.