La Sombra Sobre Innsmouth
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La Sombra Sobre Innsmouth

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En La sombra sobre Innsmouth el protagonista indaga la genealogía de sus antepasados, en un viaje dedicado al estudio de los vestigios del pasado. Esta andadura hacia lo desconocido de su familia desembocará en un encuentro blasfemo con lo sobrenatural y lo oculto. Y no solo eso, sino que la huída inicial del personaje concluye con una auténtica comunión frente a lo innomi...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2002 by Edaf (first published 1936)
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This is part of The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft , which can be found formatted for Nook or Kindle at

Synopsis: "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is a short novel about a weird hybrid race of humans and creatures resembling a cross between a fish and a frog, which lives in the seaside village of Innsmouth.

My Thoughts: There is a fairly decent video adaptation of this story on YouTube. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. It's not exact, of course, but it gives the basic gist. I really enjoyed...more
Nov 23, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey
BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Young historian Robert Olmstead journeys to the mysterious, shunned town of Innsmouth in New England. Read by Richard Coyle.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth is my absolute favorite horror story ever- It's one of the few stories written by H.P. Lovecraft that has a true action scene in it and it is by far one of the most intensely terrifying action scenes I have ever read. The poetic description creates a roller coaster of twists and turns that makes you want to close your eyes and pray for the end of the horror to come quicker- not because it's boring, but because it's so creepy and it feels real while you read it. You feel...more
Eery. Haunting. Weird. Wouldn't have associated such a genre with a name like Lovecraft. One time, I took this test online that evaluated your writing and told you which writer wrote most similar to you and I got H.P. Lovecraft. I had no idea who he was then. Anyway, now that I've read Shadow Over Innsmouth, I'll say, the man can make your skin crawl with his words. The imagery they evoke is enough to creep you out, and then there's the atmosphere the story's set in ... brr. I dunno if I'll be r...more
This is certainly one of Lovecraft's strongest works, and almost devoid of his otherwise distracting and nauseating racism. The mood is rendered expertly, and the reader can easily fathom the extreme anomie of Innsmouth and its ghoulish denizens.

Although the discussion with Zadok is overly tedious and difficult to navigate, the story is absolved of its banality once the suspenseful hunt for the protagonist commences. However, the novel terminates too abruptly for my liking.

If you're strapped on...more
Ahhh, this story. What can you really say about Lovecraft that hasn't been said a million times before. The gears turning in this mans' mind were one finely crafted machine for scaring the crap out of his readers. The Shadow Over Innsmouth is a novella that sent me into the darkest recesses of my mind. I dare not spoil the twists anymore than the horrible description set for the book. What I will include are the feelings of dread and filthiness that Mr. Lovecraft seemingly shoved into my head du...more
In this short story Lovecraft masterfully immerses reader into derelict and isolated seaside town of Innsmouth, and it's dark secrets. He manages to do so first through suspenseful and vivid exposition, followed by one of the most intense and thrilling escape scenes put on paper. As in most Lovecraft stories, the protagonist is expendable, and is used as a medium, or, if you will, "sacrifice", which channels Lovecraft's dark genius of horror with reader's own psyche. Definitely worth a re-read.
I picked this up from ye olde podiobooks via my iPod Touch and I'm glad I did. Reading Lovecraft is fun, but having it read to you? Pretty damn spiffy in and of itself. Bennett does an excellent job as narrator, so much so that many will probably be shocked that he isn't a professional audiobook reader working for one of the big publishing companies out there.

Bennett did such a good job that I downloaded his book Underwood and Finch without even really bothering to see if the book would be some...more
Lovecraft did for New England what Fred and Rosemary West did for the Gloucester tourist board, and what the meat pie floater did for South Australian cuisine. This book would provide ample evidence for the prosecution should New England ever choose to sue Lovecraft from beyond the grave. It is also one of Lovecraft's finest works in my opinion, not least because it is one of his longest in which his ideas are fully fleshed out. I would recommend this, At the Mountains of Madness and The Dream-Q...more
Travis Mueller
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This was my first time reading H.P. Lovecraft. I remember one of my high school friends reading something of his and recommending it, though, and then Donald read this one and suggested it... So I gave it a try, too, and yes, I found the story interesting. Based on this, I may read more, at some point.

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Richard Farley
I my opinion, lovecrafts best. Ok, so it moves a little slow, big deal, it was the twenties, but that aside you really can't say anything negative about this story.

Guy is taking a tour of New England, right? He hears some spooky things about this zany place called Innsmouth, and goes, what the hell, right? It'll probably be worth some laughs, right? Needless to say, he doesn't have much to laugh about. Innsmouth is this creepy, run down fishing town, falling apart, though they catch a lot...more
A student on a holiday trip decides to economize by taking a bus that stops in the decaying, ill-rumoured town of Innsmouth, where the inhabitants share certain unsettling physical characteristics and where the air always reeks of fish. The student becomes intrigued by the legends surrounding Innsmouth’s past and present, and makes the very poor decision to investigate the matter further.

This novella is both familiarly Lovacraftian and different from much of the author’s other work. The half-gli...more
Randolph Carter
Well you can't do any better than Lovecraft read by the inimitable Mike Bennett. He's almost a better voice actor than he is an original writer. Every eldritch purple syllable just oozes from the page as we take our ichthyous narrator down memory lane in Ol' Innsmouth. You'll want to turn the lights out, turn the volume up and make sure the lid to the aquarium is screwed down tight as you wander with Mike down the dilapidated streets of one of Massachusetts oldest sea towns.
That's why I call Lovecraft "The Master of the Horror", this book is perfect to start with the Mytos, it also give you a good relation if you have read The Call of Cthulhu.

This story is not very long and that's why I can't tell much without making spoilers, but the story is about the little villague of Innsmouth, here they don't like outsiders and that's why they try to scare the main character, but the locals en up being more violent and strange things happend.

I would love to say more but you n...more
God, Lovecraft is great at being super creepy. I actually would have liked a bit more from this book - the first part is incredibly atmospheric and eerie, and the second part is super tense, but I could have done with a third part. I feel like the appearance of the Deep Ones was unfortunately short. Which I suppose means I just have to read a whole lot more Lovecraft.

It's definitely a bit jarring - between this and the Call of Cthulhu - to see as much latent and explicit racism as there is in so...more
Better late than never to delve into this classic short. Loved Lovecraft's ripe, fevered prose and use of weird, arcane names and words, as well as his ability to quickly ratchet up, and sustain, breathless tension. So good, so strange, so... icky. No surprise at the loooong (unspeakably tentacley) shadow he casts over genre art.
Zachary Littrell
Frankly, I was sold by this story once I read the expression, 'blasphemous fish-frogs.'

If you can make it through Lovecraft's verbose first half, where several characters expel long monologues of Innsmouth's local history, you will be richly rewarded in the second half.

It's in the latter half when Lovecraft gets to show off his talents as a writer. He is a master at creating tense atmospheres -- Innsmouth is an unsettling place by day and even more so by night. He successfully creates unsettling...more
Michael Ostendorp
Although it's not a fan-favorite, and the author himself wasn't crazy about it, I still find this to be Lovecraft at his best. Tense, terrifying and haunting.
The wordiness overwhelms the horror, I should say. Seems quite nineteenth century in that respect (e.g. Frankenstein or Portrait of Dorian Grey, through which I am wading at the moment). There are modern virtues, and cutting the flab out of one's fiction is one of them.

This book is the only Lovecraft I've read (errr, listened to), and makes me suspect that he must have better stuff somewhere to inspire the lasting interest in his writing and the nightmare universe it depicts.

Still, the book is w...more
Ethan Clark
May 24, 2011 Ethan Clark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ethan by: Keith Thompson
Shelves: classics, horror
A passage from this tale had been cited in a an sketch by Keith Thompson (who, I might add, illustrated Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld; definately look him up), so I figured that it would be the best place to start when looking for another Lovecraft story to read. Though it wasn't as impressive as "Call of Cthulu" since I'm already exposed to his writing style, the setting was well-made, and you have to adore Lovecraft's method of describing the macabre themes in his books. I may hav...more
This one I got sort of by mistake, I was actually trying to get a different book by Lovecraft that I read many years back and can't find now. Funny thing is I kept getting this feeling like I had already read this one or heard about it. By the middle of reading it finally it dawned on me that it was pretty similar to the "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth" video game I played a back in the early 2000s. It helped a lot to imagine the strange looking individuals and the eerie feeling of I...more
I think I have lost count of the number of critics I have read or seen saying that as much as they disapprove of Lovecraft's racism, it doesn't effect his work. Reading this book especially, I find it not just impossible to agree, but impossible really to understand how anyone could feel this way.

In many ways, this is a fantastic story. The chase through the hotel is genuinely scary and "cinematic", but I have to give this 4 rather than 5 because the story for me comes from a place that is repre...more
I've been a fan of Lovecraft for years, but I had not revisited Innsmouth in quite a while. Since my last reading, I have also played the video game "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth", which provides a fairly accurate portrayal of the town, and also somewhat recreates the desperate escape and chase described in this story.

Robert Olmstead (unnamed in the story) has just come of age, and on a tour of New England (searching genealogical information and viewing the architecture and...more
I spotted this short story while casually sifting through GR recommendations and thought to myself "this looks interesting" Being a Lovecraft fan, I was duly disappointed in myself that I hadn't read this one before.

In typical Lovecraftarian style, the story begins with the protagonist and narrator retelling his horror-instilling trip to the eerie and obscure small town of Innsmouth. There he is told by an old drunkard about unspeakable horrors and terrible realities about the town's history as...more
I read this story as a part of a Hungarian 'Best of Lovecraft' edition but I want to rate it separately. There are very few horror mistery stories that gave me goosebumps and keeps on giving me goosebumps ever since whenever they come to my mind. This is one of them. I was literally afraid and terrified from the first page to the last. This is the story that made me a fan of Lovecraft and I think he never wrote a better one (personal opinion, not universal truth).
I read this story because I've run into a few references in other fiction, so I wanted to get the original source. This just reminded me why I love Lovecraft. He is brilliant about covering that sinking sense that something just isn't right. He manages to make physical danger the least insidious thing that can happen. Madness and oneness with the insanity of the unknown is the true horror for him, and I love how it plays out in this story.
Es una buena historia, puede llegar a ser un poco tedioso que Lovecraft nos describa detalladamente el camino que nuestro protagonista sigue, no sé cómo alguien podría "mapear" mentalmente toda la descripción.
El relato del viejo Zadok es de lo más interesante, y la persecución que el protagonista sufre, engancha.
Definitivamente siento ganas de seguir leyendo sobre la orden de Dagon, y el universo Chtulh.
Innsmouth es un referente dentro del género de terror y de la literatura fantástica en general, y un clásico dentro de los amantes de la obra del conocido autor.

Todo comienza cuando nuestro protagonista se embarca en la aventura de explorar el remotísimo origen de sus raíces familiares, desconocidas para él. Para ello llega al misterioso pueblo pesquero de Innsmouth, lugar al cual nadie quiere acudir ni del que nadie quiere escuchar, rodeado de multitud de leyendas acerca de un misterioso arrec...more
Alyssa Shively
I was a little concerned about my first foray into Lovecraft (who I've been "meaning" to read for years) being in audiobook form, but I needed something to listen to while I did some crafts. The narrator helped, I'm sure, but the absolute vivid imagery in the book made it translate so well I forgot that I usually avoid audiobooks. I'm definitely excited to read (or hear) more Lovecraft now!
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a...more
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“Certainly, the terror of a deserted house swells in geometrical rather than arithmetical progression as houses multiply to form a city of stark desolation. The sight of such endless avenues of fishy-eyed vacancy and death, and the thought of such linked infinities of black, brooding compartments given over to cob-webs and memories and the conqueror worm, start up vestigial fears and aversions that not even the stoutest philosophy can disperse.” 5 likes
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