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* {{Homage}}: The novella takes several cues from H.P. Lovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'': it is set in a small, isolated town in the hinterland of New Jersey (not quite LovecraftCountry, but close enough), inhabited by people with strange customs and a severely limited gene pool, and features [[spoiler:an EldritchAbomination being summoned into our world and wreaking havoc on the countryside]]. However, there are some notable differences, such as the fact that the scary-looking, inbred hillbillies are actually perfectly nice and hospitable people once you get to know them, and while ''The Dunwich Horror'' ends with [[spoiler:the monster being successfully repelled by academics from the city]], ''The Events at Poroth Farm'' implies that [[spoiler:Jeremy, an academic from New York, inadvertently summoned the horror in the first place, and ends with the creature still on the loose and ready to claim more victims]].


* OppositesAttract: As noted by Jeremy, the Poroths deeply love each other despite having completely opposite personalities -- Sarr is quiet and reserved while Deborah is talkative and engergetic.

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* OppositesAttract: As noted by Jeremy, the Poroths deeply love each other despite having completely opposite personalities -- Sarr is quiet and reserved while Deborah is talkative and engergetic.energetic.

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* KissingCousins: The Poroths are a married couple despite also being third cousins, and look similar enough to be mistaken for siblings. Jeremy comments that this kind of inbreeding is quite common in Gilead due to the isolated nature of the settlement.
* OppositesAttract: As noted by Jeremy, the Poroths deeply love each other despite having completely opposite personalities -- Sarr is quiet and reserved while Deborah is talkative and engergetic.


* WickedCultured: When Jeremy returns to his room one day, he finds the reading materials for his course on Gothic literature in disarray. He suspects that Deborah read them in his absence, but it's later implied that [[spoiler:it was actually the creature -- and it apparently enjoyed the stories so much that it began to mimic the behavior of typical Gothic villain]].

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* WickedCultured: When Jeremy returns to his room one day, he finds the reading materials for his course on Gothic literature in disarray. He suspects that Deborah read them in his absence, but it's later implied that [[spoiler:it was actually the creature -- and it apparently enjoyed the stories so much that it began to mimic the behavior of a typical Gothic villain]].

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* TownWithADarkSecret: Jeremy brings up this trope in his first-person narration and dismisses it as a hackneyed, unrealistic cliché.
--> Among the silliest literary conventions is the "town that won't talk" -- the [[{{Uberwald}} Bavarian village]] where peasants turn away from tourists' queries about "the castle" and cross themselves, the [[LovecraftCountry New England harbor town]] where fishermen feign ignorance and cast "furtive glances" at the traveler. In actuality, I have found, country people love to talk to the stranger, provided he shows a sincere interest in their anecdotes. Storekeepers will interrupt their activity at the cash register to tell you their theories on a recent murder; farmers will readily spin tales of buried bones and of a haunted house. Rural townspeople are not so reticent as the writers would have us believe.


* AmbiguousSituation: Sarr's last line in the story, [[spoiler:"Sometimes we forget to blink"]], alerts Jeremy to the fact that [[spoiler:he is possessed. It is kept ambiguous whether the creature was just taunting Jeremy or whether Sarr managed to resist its influence long enough to warn Jeremy of the danger he's in]].



* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Jeremy notes at one point that [[spoiler:the most disturbing thing about the creature is that it seems to have a sick sense of humor, as evidenced by the fact that when it calls him in his hotel room, it lets the phone ring exactly thirteen times]].



* PuppeteerParasite: When Jeremy finds Bwada in the woods, seemingly dead, he notices a curiously shaped wound on her body that looks like something burrowed into her flesh. [[spoiler:This implies that the creature is some kind of parasite that invades the bodies of its hosts and takes control of their brains]].
* TheUnblinking: The first thing that indicates something's wrong with Bwada is that she doesn't seem to blink anymore. However, as soon as Jeremy points this out to the Poroths, she immediately blinks in a very pronounced manner, as if she understood what he said and wanted to divert his suspicions. [[spoiler:This serves as a set-up for the story's climax, in which Sarr reveals that he is now the creature's host by saying "Sometimes we forget to blink"]].



* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Sometimes we forget to blink."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Sometimes we forget to blink."]]"]]
* WickedCultured: When Jeremy returns to his room one day, he finds the reading materials for his course on Gothic literature in disarray. He suspects that Deborah read them in his absence, but it's later implied that [[spoiler:it was actually the creature -- and it apparently enjoyed the stories so much that it began to mimic the behavior of typical Gothic villain]].


* [[spoiler:BodySurf]] : [[spoiler: The thing possessing Bwada attacks Deborah and takes her over, then when Sarr confronts her on the last day presumably does the same thing to him. Of course, that's assuming there's only ''one'' of these things...]]

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* [[spoiler:BodySurf]] : BodySurf: [[spoiler: The thing possessing Bwada attacks Deborah and takes her over, then when Sarr confronts her on the last day presumably does the same thing to him. Of course, that's assuming there's only ''one'' of these things...]]



* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]] : [[spoiler: Deborah's dead; Sarr's body has yet to be found; Jeremy, under suspicion of Deborah's murder, is unable to leave the local area and thus is at the mercy of the creature, wherever - or ''who''ever - it might be now; and a possible EldritchAbomination has been let loose on the world.]]
* [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination]] : [[spoiler:Jeremy theorizes that the creature is this, having managed to squeeze in from another reality.]]

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]] : DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Deborah's dead; Sarr's body has yet to be found; Jeremy, under suspicion of Deborah's murder, is unable to leave the local area and thus is at the mercy of the creature, wherever - or ''who''ever - it might be now; and a possible EldritchAbomination has been let loose on the world.]]
* [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination]] : EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Jeremy theorizes that the creature is this, having managed to squeeze in from another reality.]]


->Though my name is Jeremy, derived from Jeremiah, I'd hate to be a prophet in the wilderness. I'd much rather be a harmless crank.//

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->Though my name is Jeremy, derived from Jeremiah, I'd hate to be a prophet in the wilderness. I'd much rather be a harmless crank.//\\


->Though my name is Jeremy, derived from Jeremiah, I'd hate to be a prophet in the wilderness. I'd much rather be a harmless crank.
-->But I believe we're in for trouble.

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->Though my name is Jeremy, derived from Jeremiah, I'd hate to be a prophet in the wilderness. I'd much rather be a harmless crank.
-->But
crank.//
But
I believe we're in for trouble.


-->Though my name is Jeremy, derived from Jeremiah, I'd hate to be a prophet in the wilderness. I'd much rather be a harmless crank.

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-->Though [[quoteright:318:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_events_at_poroth_farm.jpg]]

->Though
my name is Jeremy, derived from Jeremiah, I'd hate to be a prophet in the wilderness. I'd much rather be a harmless crank.


* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Since Jeremy writes about the Poroths in the past tense during his affidavit at the start of the novella, it's pretty clear they're already dead or missing.]]

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* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Since Since Jeremy writes about the Poroths in the past tense during his affidavit at the start of the novella, it's [[spoiler:it's pretty clear they're already dead or missing.]]


* CatsAreMean: Bwada is hostile to just about everything except Sarr; Jeremy theorizes that it's because she's been spayed. She - [[spoiler:or the thing controlling her body]] - becomes downright ''demonic'' once things start to go wrong.
* DaylightHorror: A lot of the really creepy stuff happens during the daytime.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]] : [[spoiler: Deborah's dead, Sarr's body has yet to be found and Jeremy, under suspicion of Deborah's murder, is unable to leave the local area and thus is at the mercy of the creature, wherever - or ''who''ever - it might be now.]]

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* CatsAreMean: Bwada is hostile to just about everything except Sarr; Jeremy theorizes that it's because she's been spayed. She - [[spoiler:or the thing controlling her body]] - becomes downright ''demonic'' once things start to go wrong.
* DaylightHorror: A There are things that go bump in the night aplenty, but a lot of the really ''really'' creepy stuff happens during the daytime.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]] : [[spoiler: Deborah's dead, dead; Sarr's body has yet to be found and found; Jeremy, under suspicion of Deborah's murder, is unable to leave the local area and thus is at the mercy of the creature, wherever - or ''who''ever - it might be now.now; and a possible EldritchAbomination has been let loose on the world.]]
* [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination]] : [[spoiler:Jeremy theorizes that the creature is this, having managed to squeeze in from another reality.
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* CatsAreMean: Bwada is hostile to just about everything except Sarr; Jeremy theorizes that it's because she's been spayed. [[spoiler: She's downright demonic once things start to go wrong.]]

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* CatsAreMean: Bwada is hostile to just about everything except Sarr; Jeremy theorizes that it's because she's been spayed. [[spoiler: She's She - [[spoiler:or the thing controlling her body]] - becomes downright demonic ''demonic'' once things start to go wrong.]]



* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:From the way that Jeremy writes about the Poroths in the past tense during his affidavit at the start of the novella, it's pretty clear they're already dead.]]

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* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:From the way that [[spoiler:Since Jeremy writes about the Poroths in the past tense during his affidavit at the start of the novella, it's pretty clear they're already dead.dead or missing.]]

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