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yock's Lovecraftathon: Ibid

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I considered skipping this, because it's not a conventional story, and I am already skipping the poems (sorry poetry lovers!) But it's so very short, that I thought I'll give it a go. It's also, of course, reminiscent of Lovecraft's other piece about the Necronomicon.

 

I'm pleased that I did, because it's very, very funny. A spoof biography of a Roman author, riffing off lots of linguistic jokes and also nicely inventing a Roman history. To a modern reader who's not so familiar with the classical texts, even me with a degree with honours in classical studies, it probably doesn't have the same effect that it would to someone educated more traditionally, as in Lovecraft's era. But it's still very, very good. And oh, Ibid's skull ...


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