Thursday, 4 March 2010

The Great God Pan

Illustrations by Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) from this edition of Arthur Machen's influential 1894 decadent horror novel The Great God Pan, which I'm currently reading. An occultist who briefly got mixed up with Aleister Crowley, Spare devised unique methods of automatic drawing and sigilisation. Alan Moore reckons Spare might be "the closest that England has ever come in finding a successor to the visionary William Blake", yet he seems to have drifted into relative obscurity - even more so than Machen.

More images and info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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