The Great God Pan


Read by Ethan Rampton

(4.6 stars; 61 reviews)

"The Great God Pan" is a novella written by Arthur Machen. A version of the story was published in the magazine Whirlwind in 1890, and Machen revised and extended it for its book publication (together with another story, "The Inmost Light") in 1894. On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horrific because of its decadent style and sexual content, although it has since garnered a reputation as a classic of horror. Machen’s story was only one of many at the time to focus on Pan as a useful symbol for the power of nature and paganism. The title was taken from the poem "A Musical Instrument" published in 1862 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in which the first line of every stanza ends "... the great god Pan." (via Wikipedia)

(1 hr 59 min)

Chapters

The Experiment 17:48 Read by Ethan Rampton
Mr. Clarke's Memoirs 15:09 Read by Ethan Rampton
The City of Resurrections 16:28 Read by Ethan Rampton
The Discovery in Paul Street 12:47 Read by Ethan Rampton
The Letter of Advice 11:47 Read by Ethan Rampton
The Suicides 17:44 Read by Ethan Rampton
The Encounter in Soho 14:40 Read by Ethan Rampton
The Fragments 13:12 Read by Ethan Rampton

Reviews

Wonderfully Haunting

(5 stars)

The narrator was fabulous. I loved this story. A cautionary tale of the consequences when one meddles with things beyond our ken.

(4.5 stars)

Wow. This is some seriously progressive material for the Era. If you're a true horror fan and enjoy being made uncomfortable., check this out.

one of the best reading bags on librivox

(5 stars)

One of the best readers I’ve ever heard. Great story. If you block Lovecraft, you’ll love this story. One of the few that had a huge influence on H. P. L.

(5 stars)

Fantastic reading of an often times unsettling story.

(3 stars)

it was ok. a girl gets possessed has a baby and the child grows up to cause suicidal thoughts to men she gets involved with. I didn't hear any lewd assuptions. as far as I know, they knew of demon possessions even at that era.

(4 stars)

This fantastic story does not stray far from the genre. The recording is of high quality, and the reader is eloquent. Highly recommend this listening treat.