Well, after the recent discussion here of centaurs, satyrs, fauns, Pan, and Faunus, I decided to look for satyrs on the cover of Weird Tales. I found only one:
|Weird Tales, November 1950. Cover story: None. Cover art by Frank Kelly Freas, the first of his three covers for the magazine.|
The word panic comes from the name Pan. There may be some of that after today. Pan of course blows on pipes. (The instrument above looks more like a clarinet.) That image of disorder, madness, and music makes me think of H.P. Lovecraft's god Azathoth. From "The Haunter of the Dark" (1935):
He thought of the ancient legends of Ultimate Chaos, at whose centre sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a daemoniac flute held in nameless paws.
And all of that sounds awfully familiar . . .
Happy Election Day, America!
Text copyright 2016 Terence E. Hanley