Guillermo Del Toro's commentary should be required for all film school curriculum. He is a student of the cinema of the fantastic, but still projects his own identity upon motion pictures. Arthur Machen was such an influence upon Del Toro.
While having nothing to do with Del Toro's Oscar winning movie, "Pan's Labyrinth," Machen's novella, "The Great God Pan" is a favorite of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. This 21,706 word novella is half the size of Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness."