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Dubbed the greatest horror story in English by Stephen King, The Great God Pan is an eerie and otherworldly mystery about a diabolical operation and its terrifying repercussions. After rescuing a young woman from the streets of London, Dr. Raymond uses her as a test subject for brain surgery aimed at "lifting the veil" of reality, to see the supernatural and the "great god Pan".

The operation is a disaster and leaves the subject lobotomized. Years later, London becomes afflicted with a strange series of male suicides connected to a beautiful but sinister woman named Helen. Just who is she, and what is her connection to Dr. Raymond's failed experiment?

First published in 1890, The Great God Pan influenced many writers of the genre, including the unrivalled master H.P. Lovecraft. It makes perfect listening for a dark and rainy evening.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2017 Naxos AudioBooks

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Great Content, Great Performance, Missing Pieces

EDIT: THE ISSUE HAS NOW BEEN FIXED

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Arthur Machen is legendary for a reason, and so is The Great God Pan. The stories in this collection are a great way to get a sense of Machen's work. On top of that, Peter Wickham does a great job reading, especially given Machen's proclivity for elaborate prose. HOWEVER the book is missing pieces and it makes listening an incredibly frustrating experience since chapters begin part way through the text. The result is a disorientating experience that I cannot recommend, as much as I wish I could. Please Audible, fix this and then this book would be well-worth its cost.

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  • Gavin Lees
  • 19-06-18

Wonderful Performance of Fantastic Tales

Peter Wickham does a marvellous job bringing these weird and fantastic (in both senses of the word) tales to life. I'll always reread these stories with his characteristic "yeeesss..." in my head.

A previous review states that these stories are abridged. That is totally incorrect. I listened along with the original texts and everything is complete.

For anyone unfamiliar with Machen, this is a great overview of his "big hits" but you'll want to go further after this first taste.

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