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The Moon-Bog

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  296 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Minimally illustrated.
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Published (first published 1926)
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Bill  Kerwin
Sep 27, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was ok

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
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Lyn
Feb 11, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Vincent, Trey Azagthoth, Ronnie James Dio, Van Morrison and Christopher Lee sit in an outdoor café 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 dr
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Apr 14, 2015 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.
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Estelle
Great atmosphere and imagery. The story isn't all that memorable tho. Not my favorite Lovecraft.
Stuart Slingsby
Apr 15, 2015 Stuart Slingsby rated it really liked it
I read MOON-BOG and found it quite good and mesmerising. The and story is of a man that inherits a haunted castle on a haunted bog and from there strange things happen.

The MOON BOG has everything a Lovecraft story should, scares, a creepy atmosphere and is very descriptive.

I enjoyed this story and I think other Lovecraft fans will too.
JoAnn
Sep 19, 2013 JoAnn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, horror
Listen to the traditions and warnings of locals, they may know more than you think.
Marco
Jan 03, 2016 Marco rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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 ...more
Denise
Sep 30, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
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.

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Godzilla
Apr 12, 2012 Godzilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012, kindle
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.
Jesse
Oct 03, 2011 Jesse rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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.
Sarah
Dec 10, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
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.
Fabio Vinicius Binder
Aug 19, 2015 Fabio Vinicius Binder rated it it was ok
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Keelynn Hardy
Sep 06, 2016 Keelynn Hardy rated it liked it
I have arranged my thoughts on this wonderfully creepy short story into a haiku:

"All music and dance,
The fey take no prisoners
When their games get old."
Juliette
May 19, 2016 Juliette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cette nouvelle-ci m'a beaucoup plus. Elle fut courte mais efficace : fin très dérangeante, style addictif et mystères non-résolus
Carol English
Aug 05, 2013 Carol English rated it it was ok
Lovecraft successfully creates a surreal, fantastic, and chilling landscape with his prose. However, the suspense progresses so predictably that these qualities are in a way watered-down.
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Short, sweet, spooky and mesmerizing.
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Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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