It is a recording of a dream, where the protagonist is a Roman military official in the Vascon country near Pompelo. The countryside is, every year, ravaged by terrible hill people who kidnap citizens and perform cruel rituals at a Sabbath. The narrator wishes to lead a military expedition to crush these hill folk, as a feeling of approaching evil has enveloped the countryside, due to a riot between the citizens and the hill people.
Ive heard negative things about this short story which really made my expectations ready low for this one however it was fucking good. This one is easily one of my favourite short stories from H.P Lovecraft.
The plot here was good but not amazing. Ive truly enjoyed the plot in this one. But it could have been much better than it actually was.
The writing style here was amazing. It really screamed H.P Lovecraft vibe, you could really feel the gothic vibe in this short story.
In this short story H.P Lovecraft sort of flex his knowledge about the Roman ranks and history and I didn’t mind it.
This short story is also a strange one but presented to us like a dream rather than a story of an insane man.
I give this short story 4 / 5