The Lake (short story)

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"The Lake" was originally published in the May 1944 issue of Weird Tales

The Lake is a short story by American author Ray Bradbury. It was first published in the May 1944 edition of Weird Tales, and later collected in Bradbury's collections Dark Carnival, The October Country, and The Stories of Ray Bradbury.


The story focuses on a young man named Harold and his recollection of a traumatic experience from his childhood where a close friend of his named Tally drowns in the lake where they often played together. Her body was never found. Visiting the lake once more as an adult alongside his newlywed wife, he finds that a fisherman has recovered the wet corpse of a child who is soon revealed to be that of his beloved Tally.


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