made him scream as a child. It grew larger and larger, filling the whole sky; then everything went black. Only in the blackness before it entirely destroyed his brain he seemed to hear a distant voice saying a commonplace text that he had heard somewhere, "Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of?"
Writing fantasy has often been described as a strategy to explore and confront our fears. GKC, like that other aesthete Catholic convert Montague Summers, had perhaps glimpsed the darker side of the fin-de-siecle and the shadow aspects of himself. Unlike Summers, who took refuge in antiquarian demonology, GKC made an imaginative foray into the unknown.