We’ve all taken a dislike to someone for no real reason. But few of us nurture this hatred like the narrator of ”Moon-Face”.
The target of his irrational malice is a man named John Claverhouse. With cold precision, the narrator sets to planning the man’s downfall. Why he has this urge, he can’t explain. But he knows he’ll feel immense satisfaction when John Claverhouse is made to suffer.
In this macabre little tale, Jack London pinpoints a very common but unpleasant human trait. And then takes it to a horrifying extreme.
This short story collection also includes ”All Gold Canyon”, which was adapted as part of the Netflix anthology movie ”The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”.
Jack London (1876–1916) was one of the first American writers to achieve worldwide celebrity. He did so with rugged adventure stories set in forbidding landscapes. And heroes who survive by embracing their most primal instincts.
His breakthrough best seller was ”The Call of the Wild”. Inspired by his time in the Klondike Gold Rush, this hard-hitting novel is told from the perspective of a sled dog named Buck. It’s inspired many adaptations, including a big-budget movie starring Harrison Ford.
Among London’s other notable works are ”White Fang”, also featuring a canine protagonist, as well as ”The Sea-Wolf”, ”Martin Eden” and ”The Iron Heel”.