“In relating the circumstances which have led to my confinement within this refuge for the demented, I am aware that my present position will create a natural doubt of the authenticity of my narrative”
“The Tomb” is a short story of Jervas Dudley, an admitted day-dreamer, who’s opening lines immediately lay open the uncertainty about the tale and the narrator himself. Jervas spent his youth and adolescence in ancient and little known books, and exploring the fields and groves near his ancestral home. It was down a singular wooded hollow that he discovers the entrance to a mausoleum, belonging to the family Hyde. The mausoleum padlocked though slightly ajar, intensifies his curiosity and he attempts to break the padlock, but to no avail. Dispirited, he takes to sleeping beside the tomb, and eventually decides to patiently wait until it is his time to gain entrance to the tomb.
The Tomb is like many Lovecraft tales, revolving around the ambiguous blurred lines of fantasy and reality. Our protagonist Jervas a solitary dreamer, more fascinated with written works and imagination than anything in the dull mundane world about him. It may sound strange but as I read this story I could relate to Jervas. I too like to escape the real world and have spent a lot of time silently walking through old graveyards which hold so much peace for me. I would look at the gravestones and wonder who these people where. The visual storytelling of Lovecraft and the eloquence of his sentence structure is mesmerising, it is almost like you are seeing the world rather than reading it. It is an unsettling read with ambiguity between supernatural and insanity.