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The Colour Out of Space

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,940 ratings  ·  183 reviews
This book includes the following stories:
The Colour Out of Space
The Picture in the House
The Call of Cthulhu
Cool Air
The Whisper in Darkness
The Terrible Old Man
The Shadow Out of Time
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 1969 by Lancer Books (first published 1927)
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Megan Sanchez
What the actual fuck, Lovecraft. Never sleeping with the lights off again.

I'm not a huge horror buff. I scare easily and the fear stays with me for a long time. I've decided to start reading though some Lovecraft because I want to be able to say I've read Lovecraft. As I was checking out at Barnes & Noble, the cashier told me I was in for a treat. Yeah. Right.

This creepy story about a meteorite and the creature that came along with it is slowly terrifying in a Heart of Darkness way. The lack
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Lyn
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
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Simon
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.
AennA
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,
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David Sven
I listened to this on The SFFAudio podcast. Donal Buckley did a great job with the audio narration - I loved his accent (Irish?).

This was a mix of horror and sci-fi. In 68 minutes Lovecraft (and Buckley) managed to creep me out. Lovecraft masterfully builds tension and suspense and atmosphere. Here Lovecraft doesn't make the mistake of revealing the monster too early and even then he leaves a lot to interpretation. This story employs basic human fears of the unknown and of what lurks in the shad
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Katy
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 r
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⊱ Irena ⊰
4.5
I loved this story.
A surveyor comes to the valley near Arkham to check the land for the new reservoir. People in Arkham tell him that the place is evil. At first he thinks it is just plain old superstition. Nothing grows there. After he sees it though he 'marvelled no more at the frightened whispers of Arkham people'.

And that's even before he finds someone to tell him the whole story about what happened in the past when a whole 'family had disappeared or was killed'. He is very curious to fi
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Sam Quixote
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
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Tosh
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
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 create
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Ken McKinley
Just when I think I've found my favorite Lovecraft story, I'll read another and my new favorite is born. Ive watched the B-movie adaption from 1987's The Curse. For a small-budget film, that really wasn't too bad. The story was even better. Lovecraft's writing was so vibrant in this tale. It felt like I could picture the meteor hitting the farm, smell the drinking water it tainted, taste the rotten fruits and vegetables that it affected, see the crazy colours in the presence's aura, and feel the ...more
Laura
Mar 10, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Alan Moore, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Metallica, Joss Whedon
Seven clustered stories including the canonical The Call of Cthulhu. The stories don't do so much for me, but the scenes - the scenes are epic. Viz:

"I shall never sleep calmly again when I think of the horrors that lurk ceaselessly behind life in time and in space, and of those unhallowed blasphemies from elder stars which dream beneath the sea, known and favored by a nightmare cult ready and eager to loose them on the world whenever another earthquake shall hear their monstrous stone city again
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Lou
One of many chilling stories of Lovecraft. Story of strange goings on.

"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."
Marts  (Thinker)
Awfully strange story about an awfully strange occurrence or maybe I should say an array of strange occurrences that transpire after an awfully strange object (maybe a meteorite) lands on a village farm...
Megan
Overall very good. This was my first Lovecraft adventure and I wasn't disappointed. You can tell he's writing from a different time period- the language he uses is quite outdated, but makes for a fun culture lesson of his time.

Back to the story- it's a good story, but I'm never a fan of things that just "can't be explained" which is a big part of this particular story. No spoiler- there's a lot here which is just so perplexing, so unruly, so indescribable that it makes me wonder why he wrote abo
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Levana Nyx
Jun 08, 2015 Levana Nyx marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition

In my opinion, the writing was super-duper tedious and the word brittle was repeated one time too many.

DoodlePanda
As a horror fan I have been planning to read some H.P. Lovecraft for ages. I just never got around to it I guess?

Until now! Finally!

And this short didn't disappoint! In fact I find it amazing that this was written almost 100 years ago, it could just as well have been written recently.
And I will definitely be reading more H.P.Lovecraft! :)
Louis
I love horror. I've read much horror as a kid, book after book after book of delicious scary stories. Truth is, horror for the most part isn't scary at all. In literary form that is. When it comes to horror movies, I always chicken out or look away. It's just not my thing. Too gory, too explicit, too... obvious. Plus, adaptations are nearly always pretty meagre compared to their originals. But I'm not here to talk about movies vs books, the classic argument. I'm here to talk about my obsession w ...more
Yani
Feb 12, 2014 Yani rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yani by: muchos amigos de GR
*Buddy read con Bri*

Había leído la sinopsis de este cuento y caí en el error de pensar “no creo que asuste tanto como La llamada de Cthulhu. Como ya dije, fue un error. Tal vez El color que cayó del espacio tenga 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 encu
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Rowena
"(...) 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.
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Diego Claire Ulthar Sideral
Releído y me vuelve a fascinar. Es uno de los relatos de Lovecraft que más me han impresionado por el modo de crear una historia repleta de misterio y horror cósmico. <3
Krista
Savory, as most stories authored by Lovecraft, but this one especially lingers on the mental tongue. :)
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
I saw the movie based on this story and it is a very, very pale and loose dramatization of the story.

The story is very claustrophobic, sinister, and atmospheric. Most Lovecraft is. The dread, the doom, the pervading atmosphere is what makes his stuff so good.
Carlos Reges
Excelente relato de terror. Pobre familia pero vale la pena.
Adolfo Salas
Lovecraft ha pasado a ser uno de mis escritores favoritos de este genero, honestamente es un escritor que vale la pena leer, con el se aplica el dicho de "menos es mas" ya que no necesita de muchas paginas y de escenarios monstruosos, con fantasmas o practicas diabolicas para introducirte en sus historias cargadas de locura, horror y suspenso, una mente creativa que vale la pena conocer, claro que si van a empezar a leerlo deben iniciar con The Call of Cthulhu o At the Mountains of Madness que s ...more
Andrew Leon
"The Colour Out of Space" is what I'm coming to recognize as classic Lovecraft. A regular guy comes across something strange and starts investigating it and discovers some -- look, I'm just going to put it in the vernacular -- "weird ass shit." Weird ass shit that freaks the protagonist out and affects him for the rest of his life, the length of which doesn't always extend beyond the length of the story. So it is with "The Colour Out of Space."

"The Colour Out of Space" opens with a land surveyor
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Ebster Davis
Fanfiction based on this story convinced me I was ready for Lovecraftian horror:

http://www.horrortalk.com/features/34...

Basically Dr Moreau and Dr Jekyll teach a seminar at Miskatonic University, and study the mysterious qualities of a meteor.

Now I've listened to/read the original stories for each of the three main characters, I really think they took a few liberties with them. In the original, the unnamed scientists aren't able to discover any latent qualities to the rock (except that it disap
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Jonathan Bradley
Read this because (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archi...

"In my judgment, Lovecraft’s true staying power as a writer can be attributed to his chilling depictions of death-in-life, the one subject in which he could claim genuine expertise. Even Coleridge’s efforts in that direction seem halfhearted by comparison, though as literature they are incontestably greater ...

His three best stories, “The Colour Out of Space,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” and “The Dunwich Horror,” can all be read as i
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Maestralac
30-ak stranica zanimljive i bizarne priče o jednoj obitelji gdje je blizu njih pao meteor i na kraju su došli znanstvenici proučavati i otkinuli dio kamena jer je mogao mijenjati oblik, bio rastezljiv i čudno je svjetlio. Tako je i ta obitelj uzela jedan komadić i nakon nekog vremena se sve počelo mijenjati. Prvo okoliš od povrća/voća do trave pa sivkasti prah na zemlji koji se nije dao maknuti. Drveća i grane su se počele micati sami od sebe, a nema vjetra, a tek najstrašnije se dešavalo oko te ...more
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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