Friday, September 17, 2010

The Moon Bog by H.P. Lovecraft

The Moon Bog 
by H.P. Lovecraft

Our Nameless Narrator tells us a tell of his old friend Denys Barry, an Irish-American who feels his ancestral homeland a-calling.  He reurns to Ireland and takes up residence in his family home, which he proceeds to return to its former glory.  Part of his master plan involves draining the ancient bog that consumes much of his land.  This notion upsets the superstitious locals for reasons that Barry can not fathom.

Our Narrator visits Barry in an effort to quell his loneliness and raise his spirits, but really he is there to witness the events that unfold and then relay them to us, once Barry drains the bog despite everyone's warnings.

Are you ready to witness what lies beneath?

This simple ghost story was a bit of a disappointment to me, and also a bit of a departure for Lovecraft.  Although there is definitely a supernatural aspect in most (if not all) of the man's work, this is probably his most traditional story yet.  Traditional meaning it has been done many times before, even at the time it was written.  Traditional like there are no surprises at all. 

Traditional like it's relatively boring, at least by Lovecraft standards.  It's by no means a bad story, it's just one you know by heart without ever having to read it.  Like a rerun of Malcolm in the Middle.

With more ghosts.

--J/Metro

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