“Ibid” is a mock biography of the Roman scholar Ibidus, whose masterpiece was Op. Cit., “wherein all the significant undercurrents of Graeco-Roman thought were crystallized once and for all.” The piece traces the skull of Ibidus, once the possession of Charlemagne, William the Conqueror and other notables, to the United States, where it travels via Salem, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island to a prairie dog hole in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
This short story was a unique take on the biography category since it is a mocking biography of a Roman scholar Ibidus.
The plot itself was okay for the most part, but I was expecting something more from it. But it didn’t live up to my expectations as you might expect.
So far I need to say that this short story was the only one from H.P Lovecraft which exhibit any sense of humor. It did actually surprise me because I didn’t expect H.P Lovecraft to be into jokes.
The writing style was decent but nothing too impressive but at least it wasn’t bad like in some other short stories written by the man.
I give this short story 3 / 5