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* AntiAlcoholAesop: "Old Bugs" was written by Lovecraft, a well-known teetotaler, as an unsubtle warning to his friend who liked to drink [[spoiler:by portraying that friend as a decrepit alcoholic who lost the favor of the woman he loved due to his habits.]]


* Alcoholic: Old Bugs has a reputation for being one, and he is hellbent on keeping Alfred from turning out the same way.

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* Alcoholic: TheAlcoholic: Old Bugs has a reputation for being one, and he is hellbent on keeping Alfred from turning out the same way.


"Old Bugs" is a short story by Creator/HPLovecraft. It was written in 1919 but went unpublished until 1959, over two decades after Lovecraft's death.

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"Old Bugs" is a short story by Creator/HPLovecraft. It was It's believed to have been written sometime in 1919 the late 1910's but went unpublished until 1959, over two decades after Lovecraft's death.

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"Old Bugs" is a short story by Creator/HPLovecraft. It was written in 1919 but went unpublished until 1959, over two decades after Lovecraft's death.

The story is set in a tavern during the age of prohibition, and the title refers to the nickname of an old drunk who lingers around the place and tries warn a young newcomer to the tavern not to go down the same path he did.

A somewhat more comedic tale than what Lovecraft is known for, the story is also a bit of an outlier due to its lack of any supernatural elements.
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* Alcoholic: Old Bugs has a reputation for being one, and he is hellbent on keeping Alfred from turning out the same way.
* TheFuture: The story was written in 1919, but takes place in 1950.
* TheOneThatGotAway: [[spoiler:Eleanor Wing turns out to be this for Old Bugs, as it was his alcoholism that drove them apart.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Eleanor Wing was a real person
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Old Bugs turns out to be Alfred's father.]]
* RealPersonFic: [[spoiler:Old Bugs turns out to be an older version of Alfred Gelpin, a close friend of Lovecraft's in real life.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"For the gentle and noble features were those of his own mother."]]

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