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It was a monstrous constellation of unnatural light, like a glutted swarm of corpse-fed fireflies dancing hellish sarabands over an accursed marsh. H.P. Lovecraft was perhaps the greatest twentieth century practitioner of the horror story, introducing to the genre a new evil, monstrous, pervasive and unconquerable. At the heart of these three stories are terrors unthinkablIt was a monstrous constellation of unnatural light, like a glutted swarm of corpse-fed fireflies dancing hellish sarabands over an accursed marsh. H.P. Lovecraft was perhaps the greatest twentieth century practitioner of the horror story, introducing to the genre a new evil, monstrous, pervasive and unconquerable. At the heart of these three stories are terrors unthinkable and strange: a crash-landing meteorite, the wretched inhabitant of an ancient castle and a grave-robber's curse. This book includes The Colour Out Of Space, The Outsider and The Hound....

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  • Lyn
    2019-02-20 00:05

    In some ways, if you think about it, The Colour Out of Space could be H.P. Lovecraft’s scariest story.And that is saying a lot.Published in 1927, this was almost certainly an influence for Stephen King in his story “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verill” which gave rise to King’s memorial dramatic performance and his unforgettable line of “meteor s***” from the 1982 film Creepshow.Lovecraft describes, in his unmentionable, oldest and strongest, ancient and mysterious, eldritch style of writing how a strange and unworldly meteor crashes into a New England farm and then literally all hell breaks loose.In classic Lovecraft fashion, he gives the reader a hint of the unknown and lets our fear go on from there.

  • Katy
    2019-02-04 02:43

    Please note: This is part of am omnibus, The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft, which can be found on the CthulhuChick website formatted for Nook or Kindle.My Synopsis: A man tells the story of how a strange, desolate piece of land came to be known as the blasted heath due to the coming of a mysterious meteorite containing a strangely colored globule inside.My Thoughts: Another masterpiece of creeping horror over the strange and unknown. Some of the descriptions might almost - almost - describe radiation poisoning, but not quite.Lovecraft definitely knows how to build a scene, especially in these works from the height of his career. Check him out if psychological horror is your thing.

  • AennA
    2019-01-27 00:59

    My first attempt on H.P Lovecraft. A three-story book, this seems like a sampler for me. This book consists of Lovecraft's short stories: The Colour Out of Space, The Outsider and The Hound. I am glad that this didn't fail my expectations of Lovecraft. Carefully written, with vivid details on the imagery, and dark appeal, this can give you goosebumps. The stories are creepy, but not the kind that can make you scream. But it's a page-turner, and the voice of the storyteller is perfect for a dark, gothic storytelling.This book is a good start for me to continue on my next book of his. 

  • Simon
    2019-02-09 05:49

    Another re-read for me. One of Lovecraft's finest stories that is perfectly paced and with a great build up and release of tension at the end.A meteor lands in a farmer's land in a rural backwater in New England. It has exceedingly strange properties that baffle scientists and gradually has a strange and insidious effect on the surrounding area.Definitely recommended for those new to Lovecraft, especially if you're already inclined to read SF.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-01-28 05:43

    A longer short story from Lovecraft this time and quite possibly the best I've read (actually it is the best I've read, but I've only read two others). A meteor crashes down to earth on some farmstead and thus proceeds to infect all around it with its out-of-this-world eerie qualities. It becomes apparent that, much like Shelley and her Frankenstein's creation, we don't get told everything. Things happen, but no details come forth. It is implied strongly, with language and rhetoric I've not come across before, but it isn't obvious what is happening all of the time.This was written at a time when science wasn't quite there for the fiction. This is early sci-fi dressed up as gothic horror. The mix of attempted sci-fi and eldritch horror is a good combination that Alien vs. Predator could never capture. It's quite something and it's very intriguing. Mr. Lovecraft has me hooked.

  • Amy (Other Amy)
    2019-02-08 04:47

    It was not a matter of old legendry at all, but something within the lifetime of those who spoke. It had happened in the ’eighties, and a family had disappeared or was killed. Speakers would not be exact; and because they all told me to pay no attention to old Ammi Pierce’s crazy tales, I sought him out the next morning, having heard that he lived alone in the ancient tottering cottage where the trees first begin to get very thick.To me this reads entirely as camp, and it's camp I love. (I have no doubt whatsoever that Lovecraft was deadly serious about it, though. I was going to plaster photo realistic rainbow fields and forests all over this review, but I will tip my hat to Lovecraft and refrain. The story is sufficiently horrifying in spite of its rainbows of disgusting vegetation.) There's even an almost killer bunny. That said, Lovecraft's writing is awful and he's back to using characters as props to observe the horror as it unfolds rather than allowing them to do anything actual people would do when faced with a threat of this nature. (And the Darwin Award on this entry goes to the entire municipality of Arkham, or at least whoever is in charge of their water and sanitation departments.) By rights this should be two stars, but it made me laugh. Take your three stars and go, Lovecraft.

  • José
    2019-02-11 06:00

    Lectura del mes del"This was no breath from the skies whose motions and dimensions our astronomers measure or deem too vast to measure. It was just a colour out of space, a frigthful messenger from unformed realms of infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before our frenzied eyes."

  • Jerry Jose
    2019-01-28 06:39

    ‘The Blasted heath’ is a vacant, almost shunned deep wood valley by the West Hills of rural New England, a place no good for imagination with its withered vegetation and evasively muttered local legends. This novella, like atavistic Arkham mysteries, takes reader through the narrative of an unnamed outsider, in his quest to understand the queer happenings of Gardner Estate, following a meteorite fall.The monster or alien or other dimensional entity in this book, is a colour, or takes the form of a colour, a colour unknown to us, and not of our cosmos.In Lovecraftian horror, the little details that are left out for reader’s imagination usually embellish the ones that form the premise. Considering the time of publication(1927), I was amazed at the metallurgical details author put on that other worldly meteorite - a soft, ductile non homogeneous shrinking mass completely in contradiction with every definition. Miskatonic University analysis of the specimen, is said to have concluded traces of 'Widmanstatten ferrite' in its texture along with strong 'silicon' affinity and other unfathomable properties. Interestingly enough, the iron ore content goes well with frequent lightening at crate and Silicon, the semiconductor material, could, though arguably, give some scientific side to the strange colours. And the effect of ‘colour’ and meteorite to the surroundings and inhabitants, though archaically, draws close parallelism with modern day nuclear holocaust. Seemingly prophesying HPL was keen to leave the ‘unknown factor’ in a rather clever manner with protagonist's outsider pov. Never are the readers credited with the authenticity of ‘strange days’, and Ammi Pierce, the sole inhabitant and spectator of the incident, for all we know is an unreliable narrator. Nevertheless, in all its openness and reticent narrative, The Colour out of Space had my preponderant attention buoyed up.Though it should have been the other way around, ‘the blasted heath’ and Gardner Estate constantly reminded me of Mirkwood from Stranger Things and Keyhouse from Locke and Key. And the strangest part was, as usual, me being more immersed in Howard’s word flow and writing, than the creeping alien horror this story is famous for.

  • Rose
    2019-01-29 23:58

    This was my very first (and as of this date, only) H.P. Lovecraft I have ever read. Considering my reading history, you would have thought I would have at least a few of them under my belt by now but I was avoiding him. When I was fairly young, there was a show on TV that was about Lovecraft. I wasn't really watching that show but in those days there were only a couple of channels and I just happened to flip to it and watched a few minutes. I was freaked out. I was totally and completely turned off of him and never forgot his name. Keep in mind, this was also around the same age that I ate a grilled cheese sandwich, got the flu and subsequently didn't eat another for 15 years.I'm glad I got over it because he was a good writer. Considering almost a century has passed, I didn't really find it to be overly dated. Thinking back on the story, I guess the alien was the colour itself (as implied by the title) but it really felt like we never got to see the actual alien. While reading, I was reminded of Roadside Picnic - you see the aftermath but never the alien that caused the problems. If you've been putting off Lovecraft, this may be a good one to start with. It was short but very good. I really enjoyed it.

  • Lea
    2019-02-06 02:05

    I really liked the style, but the stories themselves didn't fully convince me.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-01-21 00:49

    It’s been a while since I read any Lovecraft so I’d forgotten just how… crap he is! Lovecraft’s problem is his poor writing ability. He can come up with some great stories and ideas, he clearly had a ton of nightmarishly unique imagery, but he really struggles to convey them to the reader. Like The Colour Out of Space, which tells of a meteorite hitting a farm and the mysterious colourfully glowing rock slowly poisoning the farmer and his family. It’s a great setup but Lovecraft ineptly tries to make the cause of the illnesses a mystery when you know it’s the alien meteorite. Things start falling apart and continue in that vein for the rest of the story with little variation. There’s no suspense but he drags out the story to a unnecessary length anyway and it’s beyond tedious to read. The Outsider takes a similar approach where a monster rises up from his dungeon castle to visit the outside world and is surprised to see he looks different to the humans who run from him screaming. That scene when he looks in the mirror at the end and realises he’s a monster is the “twist ending” even though the reader’s figured it out long beforehand. The Hound is a dull story of a demon dog’s revenge on a pair of grave-robbers who stole a magical amulet. A great idea but so poorly handled that it fails to live up to it’s potential. Lovecraft’s style is to write lavish monologues rather than a narrative so it feels like you’re reading a sequence of descriptions of elaborate and complex images rather than an actual story with a plot, characters, etc. And if you write horror, it’s best to try and have some immediacy with the threat - having characters meet another character who relates a story from 50 years ago, and whose “terrors” were also static and distant, completely nullifies any scares. And while he doesn’t describe the monsters, leaving that up to the reader, which can be effective if written with skill, it’s not really potent in the way he uses it here. Simply writing “oh the horror was unimaginable!” isn’t scary, it’s stupid. At least Lovecraft knew his weaknesses and stayed away from writing dialogue for the most part - which doesn’t make it easier to read - but he does attempt dialogue in The Colour Out of Space and it’s laughable. It’s a page-length monologue where a character stutters out a few words followed by ellipses, over and over again: “the terror… it’s so terrible… durnit, the terror… unimaginable!!...” etc. - nobody talks like this!!(Horror trivia: in On Writing, Stephen King says his inspiration for The Tommyknockers was The Colour Out of Space. Also in On Writing, I think the dialogue he uses to illustrate how not to write speech was taken from this story too.) Lovecraft’s stories may be horribly written and be a chore to read but he is remembered for a reason as his stories contain some great imagery and he did influence a number of succeeding great horror writers. If you want a taste of what Lovecraft’s like to see if you’ll like or dislike his work, this three story collection provides a good idea of what to expect from him.

  • Tosh
    2019-02-12 01:47

    A strange book to read over the Pacific Ocean but nevertheless a beautiful image of a landscape gone wrong. This is my first Lovecraft tale and want to read more. Since there's no dialog, the actions that take place makes the story even more odd. And don't go to the water well!

  • Layton
    2019-02-14 01:37

    I've read somewhere that when Lovecraft set out to write The Colour Out of Space, he wanted to write about an alien entity, that was actually alien and unknown. Because Lovecraft realized that if you used the same caricature of a grey alien every time that you wrote an alien/UFO story it wasn't going to be scary at all. And besides, the word alien refers to something absolutely foreign and unknown, and after awhile being told something is alien, doesn't make it so.But Lovecraft did it. He created a terrifying entity that mere humans can't fully comprehend.And even the most beautiful visual attempts at portraying it don't truly do this creature justice. But then again, that's what makes it work.Here is the Goodreads description:The Colour Out of Space is a 1st-person narrative written from the perspective of an unnamed Boston surveyor. To prepare for the construction of a new Massachusetts reservoir, he surveys a rural area that's to be flooded near the fictional town of Arkham. He comes across a mysterious patch of land, an abandoned 5-acre farmstead completely devoid of life. At the centre of the farmstead is an old well. The site fills him with an unnatural sense of dread. He hurries past it.When he returns to Arkham, the surveyor asks around for information regarding the waste. He learns of an elderly hermit, Ammi Pierce, & asks him about the "blasted heath". The hermit tells him a horrific tale.In the early 1880s, the farm had been productive, run by a Nahum Gardner & his family. Then, one afternoon in 6/1882, a large meteorite crashed into the farm, beside the well. It was metallic & contained a substance of an indescribable color that proved toxic. While scientists were never able to tell what the meteor contained, its effects were undeniable--the entire Gardner family was struck by insanity, illness & worse, whilst the land around them was slowly drained of life.When it says it drove the family mad it really means it. By the end of Pierce's story every family member is dead, having been turned into horrific versions of their once normal selves. And the animals around the farm have been mutated, with the plant life having been mutated too.Truly horrific isn't it?And by the end of Pierce's story the horror comes to a head.I love this story, and it's actually my favorite Lovecraft story and has one of the best monsters I've ever read of. There is a reason Lovecraft, his own worst critic, loved it so much and thought it was his best story he'd ever written, you know?5 stars to this beauty.

  • մարիօ
    2019-02-13 00:46

    Առաջին անգամ էի կարդում Լավկրաֆտ։ Սկզբում մտածում էի, որ ուշացել եմ ու շատ ավելի շուտ պիտի կարդացած լինեի, բայց շատ լավ ա, որ հենց էս տարիքումս հանդիպեցինք ձյաձի հետ։ Մի քիչ բարդ, միստիկ, չնայած կարճությանը շատ դիպուկ ու մտածված հերոսներով գիրք էր։ Սկիզբը մի քիչ անհասկանալի էր, մի քանի անգամ կարդացել եմ առաջին մի քանի էջը, բայց հետո՜․ հետո մի շնչով կարդացի, որովհետև շատ գրավիչ սյուժե ուներ, որ արագ ուզում ես ավարտն իմանաս, բայց միևնույն ժամանակ պիտի մարսելով կարդաս, որ տողատակերը ու հեղինակի ասելիքը իմանաս։ Շատ եմ սիրում սենց մութ ու միստիկ պատմություններ, որ համ անհասկանալի են, բայց ուղեղումդ մի բան խլվլում ա, ուզում ես անպայման կարդաս։ Լավկրաֆտը այսուհետ իմ սիրած գրողների ցանկում ա։ Արդար ա։ ^__^ Հ․Գ․ Սկզբում շատ նման էր Պօ-ին, բայց հետո հասկացա, որ շատ ավելին ա։

  • Santiago Villalba
    2019-02-02 00:43

    Para ser lo primero que leo de Lovecraft me gustó. Me costó un poco engancharme pero después lo terminé en un ratito. No da miedo en absoluto, pero, si como yo viven en el campo rodeados de árboles y tienen cerca un viejo pozo con agua contaminada debido a que años atrás alguien tuvo la brillante idea de rellenar el fondo con huesos, les aseguro que puede llegar a ser bastante sugestivo y perturbador.

  • Rolands Koncevičs
    2019-01-29 22:49

    That was really good and scary as I fully got immersed in the atmosphere.

  • Oliver Holm
    2019-02-16 05:48

    "This was no fruit of such worlds and suns as shine on the telescopes and photographic plates of our observatories. This was no breath from the skies whose motions and dimensions our astronomers measure or deem too vast to measure. It was just a colour out of space—a frightful messenger from unformed realms of infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before our frenzied eyes."Two years ago, or barely so, I went to a cosy coffee-and-cake evening lecture on astrobiology. One of the fundamental principles of this academic discipline, the dryly wisecracking professor told us, is that man understands life purely on the basis of known life; that extraterrestrial existence may be nothing like anything of this earth. Counter-inspired by one too many stupid, bubble-gummy portrayals of alien lifeforms in then-contemporary science fiction, Lovecraft got cracking with “The Colour Out of Space”. And yes – before you sarcastically *eek* at that, know that ‘colour’ is indeed used merely by analogy, and that it causes repulsive deformation of livestock, provokes the growth of unnaturally oversized, unsavoury crops, and insidiously injects the jibber-jabbering crazies in a whole family of ill-fated townsfolk. Plot in short: In June 1882, a bizarre, physically impossible meteorite creates a sensation as it plummets down into the hills west of Arkham, Massachusetts, eluding the baffled scientists right until its equally mysterious disappearance. “The Colour Out of Space” remained Lovecraft’s personal favourite among his own pieces, quite understandably – and to think he was given a ridiculous one-off payment equal to roughly $350 in present-day money by Hugo Gernsback, editor of Amazing Stories, for its publication in the magazine … well, is just ridiculous.There is striking consensus among fans, biographers, and reviewers that Lovecraftian horror translates very poorly into motion pictures, or being taken ‘ex libris’ all together. Of course, there are notable exceptions, one being the almost entirely b/w German adaptation Die Farbe from 2010. Another worthy mention goes to an unlikely Danish amateur stage production entitled Farven fra det ydre rum (direct translation) from October 2016, with just a smidgen of humour added, e.g. in the form of specially designed “Arkham Fresh” water bottles handed out on the premiere night!

  • Yani
    2019-02-05 23:46

    *Buddy read con Bri*Había leído la sinopsis de este cuento y caí en el error de pensar “no creo que asuste tanto comoLa llamada de Cthulhu. Como ya dije, fue un error. Tal vezEl color que cayó del espaciotenga una temática ligeramente distinta, pero no por eso la intensidad del horror se altera. Tenemos nuevamente a un narrador que escucha y no participa activamente de los sucesos. Lo envían a Arkham para recolectar información sobre el terreno en donde se ubicará un pantano y allí se encuentra con leyendas que claramente advierten que no es un buen lugar donde trabajar, salvo que uno piense que un meteorito portador de elementos extraños que empiezan a afectar a los seres vivos de su alrededor y a precipitar la caída en desgracia de una familia de granjeros sea poca cosa. Esta vez, la cuota de realidad del relato la aporta la ciencia, pero también muestra lo inexacta que puede ser esta última cuando se habla de fenómenos desconocidos. Parece advertir que la ciencia no ayuda a comprenderlos y, por ende, el humano tampoco puede hacerlo. Ese es el clima (pesimista, si se quiere) que se respira en este cuento y me gustó cómo se transmitía a la narración. Una vez que se acepta, no hay vuelta atrás: unonecesitaseguir leyendo para encontrar la explicación que traiga el alivio, pero no hay ninguna. La peor parte la llevan, por supuesto, los personajes, que siempre están sujetos a lo que está ocurriéndoles y no tienen salidas disponibles. Así es como vuelvo a maravillarme (y a aterrarme) con Lovecraft y sus historias retorcidas y oscuras.El color que cayó del espacioatrapa inmediatamente y, aunque uno quiera soltarlo por un momento para poder digerir todo lo que está pasando, no se puede… o no permite hacerlo.

  • Rxmi
    2019-02-16 23:49

    "(...) y los artistas tiemblan mientras pintan unos bosques cuyo misterio es tanto de la mente como de la vista." 2015 Reading Challenge - A book a friend recommended ✔Empecé este libro en la facultad antes de entrar a cursar y leí la mayoría de él hoy en el colectivo volviendo de la Feria del Libro. No me quería bajar para poder seguir leyendo. Me atrapó mucho la escritura y la historia igual. Muy bueno, y el primero de muchos.Gracias por tanto, perdón por tan poco, Lovecraft.

  • Maggie
    2019-02-03 03:46

    this is my first ever read of this author and i thought it an excellent sampling of three shorts. his writing is flawless and takes us smoothly along. his story development solid and captivating. the second of these three shorts "the outsider" seemed like a kafka story in its descriptions and underlying alienation; of course the ending was not "of kafka" but fitting for lovecraft's stories. well worth the time.

  • Alex Delogu
    2019-02-13 02:58

    Good little story about a strange alien blob that radiates super-spectral colours of infectious decay.

  • Moayad Taibah
    2019-02-18 22:40

    It was a nice read of a classic horror narrative with an interesting take on aliens. Buuuut it wasn't enough to merit more than 2 stars.The story is about a meteor that hits a farmland and starts changing the terrains and living creatures around it including a farmer and his family. The horrors start to unfold bit by bit by a colorful phantasm that in a sense consumes the are, but to what purpose is unclear.This story was certainly chilling at times and Lovecraft sure knows how to paint a scene especially when he can make a shapeless colorful thing so menacing and horrific. The unknown has always been a thing for us to fear and the way it was explored here and how the story unfolds utilized that brilliantly here. But there was little more than that in this story, other than his brilliance of storytelling there wasn't anything particularly interesting about the lore of the alien nor the different characters that were involved in the story (I did feel bad about a horse though so that's saying something). All the characters were cogs in the machine that delivers the narrative rather than live through it, which was a bit disappointing.Overall it was quite an interesting story and a nostalgic trip down the lane of old school horrors that revolved around mysteries rather than death and gore. It's a short read so I wouldn't consider it unrecommendable if you're a Lovecraft fan.

  • Roy Szweda
    2019-02-18 04:57

    I read this many years ago in a compilation of short stories someone gave me when unwell with pharyngitis, maybe that suits the mood of such stories. Having just re-read it the effect was much less and I found myself skimming on the Kindle, his verbiage and repetition trigger my usual "get to the point!" feelings.But I am just an untalented heathen when in the presence of this long lost scribe so I shall persist with his other stories in this mega-tome of works you can get for nowt.... the poor man was not acclaimed nor well rewarded for his offerings of glimpses into the void and now we can read for free so I should not be too harsh on this meandering tale of cosmic invasion.The impression I got was, as some others have noted, is of a man struggling to describe what may defy description. Here the protagonist - HPL often uses this device - relates second-hand and therefore prone to all the usual Chinese whispers, weird doings upon a "Blasted Heath" (some allusion to Shakespeare here mayhap?) soon to be drowned. So why should we care? Perhaps he means to warn us of extraterrestrial threats when he says he will not be drinking the Arkham waters?"Keep watching the skies!"

  • Charlie
    2019-02-18 01:00

    There's some really creepy stuff in here, reminds me a lot of one of his other stories, Witches Hollow. I think I preferred that one, as while this one is good, it drags a bit in the middle. This is the first longer work of Lovecraft's that I've read, and from my experience so far I think his stories and writing work better in shorter stories. One of my favourites of his stories is The Thing in the Moonlight which is what, 3 pages?? Really small. But amazing! But this opinion may change as I read more of his longer stories.

  • Glen
    2019-01-24 01:03

    The Colour of Space by H. P. LovecraftIn this work 78 pages, across three stories, ‘The Colour Out of Space’, ‘The Outsider’ and ‘The Hound’.‘The Colour Out of Space’ is an wonderfully atmospheric piece in which the reader is transported to an area of remote scrub in America, and the story unfolds with ‘something lurking out there’.Typically Lovecraft, in that it’s not so much what he suggests, but what your own imagination suggests. Excellent read.

  • H
    2019-01-25 01:55

    2.55. When I heard that this is a great Sci-Fi story, I had higher expectations for it; I think that ended being somewhat of a disappointment. Also the ending was meh.PS: I did read other short stories by Lovecraft and enjoyed them. This is the only exception-till now.

  • Brandon Baggett
    2019-02-16 04:57

    H.P. Lovecraft has a very high ability at describing things. I can see a lot of what he takes the time to visuallize, but at times he falls short on attempting to describe it, substituting it for, "the item beyond description." This can fall flat at times.

  • Peter Catania
    2019-01-27 22:54

    A deep space booger lands in a farm and the townspeople run tests on the snot. Turns out this isn't a cold anyone wants to catch. The moral of the story is, take extra vitamin C when Pandora blows her nostrils on your neighbors.

  • TinaRoper
    2019-01-30 05:45

    I liked this one.

  • Ivana
    2019-01-21 03:58

    In my opinion, one of the best stories Lovecraft has written.Completely loved it!