Starting out all the seemingly unrelated stories can be a bit confusing, if not a tad overwhelming, to keep track of. I daresay one could make a comparison between the Tarantino movie 'Pulp Fiction' and this tale, in that the multitude of seemingly unrelated characters and story lines can be, as I indicated earlier, confusing if not overwhelming. Do not be discouraged, in the end all ties up nicely and falls into place. Well, maybe not everything. In my experience, it is classic Machen to leave some unanswered questions left up to conjecture and your imagination. Part of the Machen charm, in my opinion.
If you are the type who enjoys neat endings, replete with no loose ends by finish, this is not the book for you. If you are the type who enjoys gratuitous violence and monsters, this is not the book for you. If you are the type who thinks less is more, the type that enjoys more left to imagination, this is the book for you.
After reading 'The Great God Pan' I thought I had experienced the very best of what Machen had to offer, the pinnacle of his literary achievements. After finishing this tale, all I can say now is: thank-you Machen for proving me wrong! Arthur Machen has quickly ascended to the top of my favorite authors list. This is an outstanding read that I highly recommend!