“The Green Meadow”

And so we move into the next phase of the Lovecraft series where he lurks inside brackets as a ghostwriter or, like this one, behind pseudonyms.

This is a secondary revision meaning Lovecraft worked over an idea of Winifred Virginia Jackson.

Raw Feed (2005): “The Green Meadow”, Elizabeth Neville Berkeley and Lewis Theobald, Jun., 1918 — 1919.hm

A boring, pointless story about floating towards a mysterious island and the import of the mysterious chanting there — an import the narrator refuses to reveal lest it drive us mad which is a pretty traditional Lovecraft device.

The story does start out promisingly (and foreshadows of Lovecraft’s later “The Colour Out of Space“) with a meteor though this one has a mysterious manuscript inside which relates our tale.

This revision stems from 1918-1919, and I was surprised that Lovecraft was already thought highly enough of to be paid for revision work at that early point in his career. Of course, he would have been 28 or 29, but I don’t really think his fiction (and I have no idea what he non-fiction he was publishing in the amateur press then) took off till 1917 with “The Tomb” and “Dagon“.

The names of the credited authors are pseudonyms for Winifred Virginia Jackson and H. P. Lovecraft.

 

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