‘The Clinic’ by Alex White

Without a shadow of a doubt the most horrifying and heart-wrenching story in the whole of the Pan Horrors, written by the pseudonymous ‘Alex White’ – a house name used by several Pan Horror authors, but in this case I believe ‘The Clinic’ was written by Conrad Hill. The story is about a young girl, Ellen, who is sent to a correction facility in France by her family for no reason in particular and is ‘corrected’. The last paragraph is among the most affecting in horror literature,

First published in The Fourteenth Pan Book of Horror Stories, 1977