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The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
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Oct 13, 11

Read in April, 2009

The Great God Pan exists in a half way house between sci-fi and horror. I say sci-fi as the opening of the novella concerns a scientific motif of using surgery to open the perception of a young woman so that she is able to perceive the spirit world. Predictably this procedure ends in insanity.

Fast forward a couple of decades and who is the mysterious femme fatale who leaves suicides in her wake? The men of society London are being preyed up. No surprises in the ending but a stunning example of how suggestion and recurring imagey can create thought provoking ideas.
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