H.P wrote this hurriedly, in 1921, to read aloud at the postprandial festivities of an amateur journalists club, and believe me the haste shows Since the occasion was a St Patrick s Day Dinner, the setting of the story was Irish a place Lovecraft had little knowledge of, and less sympathy for.This tale about a man Denys Barry who purchases his family s ancestral estate and is subsequently punished by the neighboring spooks for having the temerity to drain their beloved bog is as close to a conve [...]
David Vincent, Trey Azagthoth, Ronnie James Dio, Van Morrison and Christopher Lee sit in an outdoor caf in Limbo having drinks and discussing H.P Lovecraft s 1926 short story The Moon Bog Lee The last time I was in Ireland, before I died, I made a special visit to the bog areas and was impressed by the surreal, mystical qualities the wilderness produced and am not at all surprised that Lovecraft found inspiration here.Dio Lovecraft knew how to draw from most any setting a sense of primal dread a [...]
The narrator visits his friend, Denys Barry, in Ireland Barry has problems with the help Locals don t want to stay and work for him because he wants to drain the bog near his ancestral castle Of course the two friends laugh at their superstitious nonsense.This being Lovecraft, you know this won t end quite the way Barry wishes source
This was messy Not messy as in a traditional, horror story blood and gut splatter all over the walls messy Messy as in a let s throw evereything but the kitchen sink into this short ghost story and see where it goes messy.Our nameless narrator, a traditional Howie character, travels to Ireland to visit his friend His friend, against the advice of the locals who have all but deserted their village on this account, has decided to drain the bog that surrounds his ancestral estate As is well known, [...]
view spoiler Do not mess with Artemis either hide spoiler , apparently Not even in Ireland At least we get to see the horrific thing happen this time Moved 2015 review to the individual work Sept 2017 to make room to review the collection under its own entry.
In this early Lovecraft story the narrator visits an old friend in Ireland Denys Barry made a fortune in America, which he is using to restore his ancestral home in Kilderry Locals approve at first, but by the time of narrator s visit, they ve all deserted the village The reason of the rapid departure, is that Barry plans to drain the great bog by his castle, and has no patience for cautionary legends about its grim guardian spirit and the ancient stone city that sleeps beneath the red heathed m [...]
Denys Barry, successful in the U.S returns to his home in Ireland and buys his ancestral castle in fictional Kilderry But his whole problem is the bog When he wants to drain it, the locals refuse to help and depart, telling him somethings should remain as they are, that the bog is sacred to the moon goddess, who protected her people long ago But Barry, and his friend from America laugh.Please read the full review here.
I really enjoyed this a tale of the old country , with some nicely built tension.It s formulaic certainly, a dire warning goes unheeded, with catastrophic consequences.The scenes are evoked will skill and atmosphere, drawing you in to the hypnotic quality within the story.Lovecraft always seems to find a neat escape for his narrator, but leaves a chilling thought that lingers in your mind.
This is a nice peice of horror, though it doesn t stand up to some of the other work Lovecraft has done It is erie and there is an excellent creepiness about the whole story However, I think it is somewhat anticlimactic.
Odd story about a guy who wants to drain a bog in the process of restoring his ancestral home, but is prevented by an age old curse I felt that the pieces didn t really hang together quite as well in this as in others.