The Lovecraft series is back while I work on writing some new posts.
Raw Feed (2005): “The Festival”, H. P. Lovecraft, 1923.
Reading this story first many years ago, I mostly remembered this story for two things: Lovecraft’s first mention of the Necronomicon and the classic alliterative line:
It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind.
I was surprised at how effective a mood piece it was and that it’s sort of a dress rehearsal — in the plot element of a man being called by blood back to an old seaport where humans and things (here worms wearing human masks) have been having some sort of horrid intercourse — for Lovecraft’s classic “The Shadow Over Innsmouth“.
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