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The Shadow Out Of Time

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,208 ratings  ·  104 reviews
“The Shadow out of Time” is H. P. Lovecraft’s last major story, written in a four-month period from November 1934 to February 1935. It was first published in Astounding Stories for June 1936. And yet, this text has never been published as Lovecraft wrote it – until now. The recent discovery of Lovecraft’s handwritten manuscript allows readers to appreciate this magnificent ...more
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⊱ Irena ⊰
'I shiver at the mysteries the past may conceal, and trembled at the menaces the future may bring forth.'
Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee is perfectly normal, ordinary, albeit very smart man who works at Miskatonic University. His origins are normal and he tries hard to get that fact through. It is important because something horrible has happened to him. For five years Nathaniel's mind has seemed to be gone and something else was there. The Nathaniel of those five years acted strange, knew foreign
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Eddie Watkins
In some ways the boldest of Lovecraft’s tales, in that he risks dulling monotony in order to effect the sensation in the reader of his profoundest fears and nightmares. It begins, like many of his best tales, with a man experiencing or discovering something that irrevocably alters the fabric of his life, sending him scrambling to restore his sanity; but in this case this aspect is reduced to little more than a framing device for detailed descriptions of how the Great Race – an effectively disemb ...more
Jim
The shadow our of time is basically a prequel to a prequel, since it gives the reader the backstory to "At The Mountains of Madness", and that story gives the backstory to"The Call of Cthulhu". As such, this story is best suited for the true Lovecraft devotee. It's also told as an extended flashback, which lessens the dramatic impact. However, the story still has plenty of payoffs. It's full of "oh, that's what that was" moments for those who are familiar with the Mythos, and it develops the ide ...more
Katy
Part of the Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft , which can be found formatted for Nook and Kindle on CthulhuChick.com.

Synopsis: A young professor from the fictional Miskatonic University learns that aliens, the Yith, are possessing the bodies of humans to learn about the history and culture of the Earth. He soon becomes convinced that he is also possessed, but those around him fear he is simply insane..

My Thoughts: Ultimately, this novella affected me more strongly than any of them in the omnibus
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Timothy Jasko
I have read and enjoyed a number of Lovecraft stories, but this one was a disappointment. It would have made an interesting premise for a science fiction story, but he kept trying to fit it into a horror template. This involved having the narrator constantly repeat how horrified he was at everything, which didn't work because the aliens in question weren't particularly horrifying or even that evil. Read "Shadow over Innsmouth" or "Dunwich Horror" instead.
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Jan 18, 2015 ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes del terror-ciencia ficción adulta
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5.0

¡Primera lectura maravillosa del año!

"Permanecí toda la noche en vela, y al amanecer me di cuenta de lo estúpido que había sido dejar que la sombra de un mito me perturbara"


No miento al decir que este libro es de los mejores que he leído en mi vida. Cuando lo compré ayer , ávida de la prosa lovecraftiana, sabía que sería increíblemente hermoso, llamarlo intuición lectora, yo que sé.

Lovecraft escribe demasiado bien, es un hecho. Escribe de una manera que hace que el lector sea el protagon
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John
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Sam Quixote
INJ Culbard’s latest HP Lovecraft adaptation is of Lovecraft’s last major work, the sci-fi-esque horror story The Shadow Out Of Time. Unlike Culbard’s last 2 adaptations, At The Mountains Of Madness and The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow Out Of Time is a trickier story to make work in a comic and is tonally different from Lovecraft’s more straightforward horror tales - as a result this is the weakest book in the series so far.

For those unfamiliar with Lovecraft, HP (Howard Phillips) Lo
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Tim Pendry
This graphic novel adaptation of one of Lovecraft's key science fiction fantasies is well worth adding to the library. It is a simple and clear presentation of the story.

The central problem of filmic and graphic adaptation remains however - Lovecraft's unaussprechlichen horrors are best left vague in print, let alone as image, as far beyond current imaginings.
Baal Of
This book has all the flaws common to Lovecraft's writing style, but I still found myself consumed by the cosmic scope of the story. I don't think that the idea that people would be driven mad by the existence of the ancient and alien artifacts holds any merit in the real world, in fact I suspect there would be great excitement in numerous scientific fields if such a thing came to pass, but given that idea as a backdrop for the entire mythos, I can accept this story for what it is. The detail of ...more
Aramys
Leído del tirón, si es que Lovecraft te agarra y ya no te suelta. Genial y cuidada apuesta de esta pequeña editorial, vale la pena sumergirse en esta historia que nos cuenta Lovecraf. Un profesor poseído por otra mente, visiones aterradoras, culturas extraterrestres...en fin must de los buenos. ...more
T. Edmund
I really love the idea here - mixing Lovecraft's unique prose with graphic work. At times the art worked really well supplementing the story, however I did feel at times the artwork let the story down, with boxy basic drawings of settings (such as the classic Miskatonic university.) Something really cool was the well balancing paneling, as the story pacing increased so did the intensity and size of the art panels.

Apparently there are similar works out there, which I look forward to devouring. Th
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Simon
This one ties in with quite a lot Lovecraft's other fiction. This one was, I believe, one of the last pieces he wrote and I think best being one of the last pieces you read otherwise you won't fully appreciate the way it links in with other pieces.

An interesting idea and well explored although sometimes the pace plot development felt agonisingly slow and in the end the idea felt somewhat over-baked. But still, a must read for anyone wanting to read the most significant works of this author.
Anton
The Shadow Out of Time is probably the most brilliant theosophical work I've ever read in my life. Only Lovecraft could create an adventure story and make it gospel. Even though the story seemed to drag a bit after the 50% mark, I can't help but overlook the flaws, because this story is a spiritual occultist's dream--literally and figuratively.

Ebster Davis
This is an adventure story. It's an excellent adventure story, but Mr Lovecraft seems uncomfortable writing it as such and keeps trying to make it horror. It makes the story drag on in some places. There are two or three sections in the middle that could have been heavily condensed.

But it was still very rewarding, and enjoyable. For once the otherworldly has an adjenda that we mortals can understand, and there is a known mechanism to access their realm.

I felt the ending gave enough closure, whil
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Stuart Slingsby
For me, this story was the key to Lovecraft. I had read several of his tales before this one, but Shadows out of Time made everything fall into place and make sense. The stories I had read and the stories I read afterwards was all much more revealing after this one.

His work is so immense in scale, that Im still flappergasted, when I dare to think about it. The stories themselves, might be perceived as low-quality fantasy horror stories with a sci-fi twist by some critics, but they actually quest
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Laura
Slightly slow but very gripping. The experience of Nathaniel Peaslee. Your typical political economic prof at Miskatonic U in Arkham (wish there was more focus on the university, it's a boring background setting in this story). The main story is Nathaniel writing his experience to his son. As usual, Lovecraft blends the real and fantastical wonderfully with his horrific reveal at the end.

In terms of monstrous beings, the main ones are the elder race of half-polypous entities and the Yithians (fr
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José Monico
So I finally came upon H.P.'s final lengthy piece? The dream is over. The Shadow... is a prequel to the overarching epic, At the Mountains of Madness. Taking similar approaches to successfully bring out epic imagery. In this story's case, the detail and plot is more granular and less scenically emergent-- dealing with the workings and normative situations of the fantastic sentient species during the Mesozoic period: The Great Old Ones-- Yith, the Star-Headed Old Ones and the sinister Polyps.

Th
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Patrick
A classic tale. I read this as a teenager, loving it tremendously and have returned to it twenty years later. The unfortunate thing is that I mixed up elements of "The Whisperer in Darkness" and as I read this last week I realized that this was a much different tale than I "remember."

Regardless, this is one of HPL's finest works, grand in scope, and leans more on the scifi retelling of history than the horror elements of his earlier fiction.

If you are curious about the works of Lovecraft, I sug
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Tim Brown
I got this book as a completely unexpected birthday gift from a friend. I had not seen any of Culbard's Lovecraft adaptations before (I had seen his Sherlock Holmes adaptations at the library, but had not read any). I was very pleasantly surprised by the book. Normally I am not keen on graphic novel adaptations of written stories and novels as they tend to be very wordy - too much narration that are really more like illustrated stories than comics - i.e. the pictures are just there to illustrate ...more
Fantifica
Reseña de Manu Viciano · Nota: 8,1 · Reseña en Fantífica

En septiembre del año pasado —sí, esta reseña lleva mucho retraso— Fábulas de Albión reeditó The Shadow Out of Time, la obra de Lovecraft que posiblemente haya recibido más títulos distintos en español y una de las últimas que llegó a escribir en solitario. En ella trata su característico horror cósmico desde el punto de vista de un narrador en primera persona, el profesor Peaslee, que relata un episodio de su vida en el que o bien sufrió u
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Alex
Before you read this, I recommend picking up this team's adaptation of "At The Mountains of Madness".

A couple things made this graphic novel adaptation worthwhile. First, I never really cared for the story in prose, so the adaptation removing the most tedious dream cycle bits really helped the central story shine. Also, I really enjoyed the adaptation of "At The Mountains of Madness" and this included a nice bridge and call-back to that piece of work, making the works come together with a richne
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David
The saga of the "great race," and the "city of the great race," in the Lovecraft mythos. I wouldn't say it is one of his best works, but it is a good one with some very interesting twists, particularly near the end. The main character really isn't the focus of the narrative, rather, it focuses on this ancient great race itself, able to project their minds through time and space to study other cultures and transmigrate to safer areas in time/more suitable hosts. The ending was especially satisfyi ...more
Sub_zero
4/5

Parece que últimamente corre entre los editores de nuestro país una especie de fervor irracional por sacar al mercado obras que, cuando no son fruto del propio Lovecraft, se inspiran abiertamente en su demencial imaginario o tratan de rendirle su particular homenaje a uno de los escritores norteamericanos que más y mejor han explorado los terrenos oscuros de la psique humana. La sombra fuera del tiempo no es ni más ni menos que uno de esos cuentos retorcidos y abisales, tan propios del autor,
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Randolph Carter
The Shadow Out of Time is the third volume of Lovecraft adapted by British artist I.N.J. Culbard into a graphic novel. The first two were: In the Mountains of Madness, for which he won the British Fantasy Award in 2011, and the equally excellent The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Culbard, as usual, unlike most gn adapters, does a great faithful job of adapting the stories from Lovecraft. The artwork again is a perfect match, simple, evocative, idiosyncratic (in a good sense).

Shadow was one of the
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David
This short story follows the narration of an economics lecturer-turned psychologist as he explores the strangeness of his own strange amnesia. No surprises there now, as the narration is just like the previous works I've read.

If one reads carefully, there's hints in the narration that sort of links the plot in the Mountains of Madness and the original Call of Cthulhu. The plot provides a passing explanation of how such ancient events could've been passed into human knowledge.

The narration start
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Alfredo
"The Shadow out of Time" is one of H.P. Lovecraft defining novellas. It manages to both advance and create additional texture for his complex"mythos."

Re-reading this book on my Kindle was a new experience. Not only could I read in the dark (more spooky!), but also the dictionary feature helped me better understand the text. I had not realized on prior readings how stylized Lovecraft's language could be. I even took a long detour to understand the difference between agglutinative and fusional lan
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My Inner Shelf
Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee, professeur à l’université de Miskatonic, relate les 30 dernières années de sa vie, et les événements qui l’ont conduit à écrire ses souvenirs. Ces derniers, adressés à son fils en guise de témoignage, racontent la survenue inexplicable d’une amnésie et d’un changement total de sa personnalité qui durèrent plus de cinq ans, vingt-cinq ans plus tôt. Le récent phénomène dont il vient d’être victime lui fait ressentir le besoin de garder des traces de ses mésaventures, tan ...more
Manu
Reseña en Fantífica, con resaltados, dibujines, ficha y demás.

En septiembre del año pasado —sí, esta reseña lleva mucho retraso— Fábulas de Albión reeditó The Shadow Out of Time, la obra de Lovecraft que posiblemente haya recibido más títulos distintos en español y una de las últimas que llegó a escribir en solitario. En ella trata su característico horror cósmico desde el punto de vista de un narrador en primera persona, el profesor Peaslee, que relata un episodio de su vida en el que o bien su
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Marc Goldstein
Often cited as pulp horror master H. P. Lovecraft’s last major story (and some would argue, his greatest) The Shadow Out of Time has never been published as Lovecraft originally intended, until now. The introduction, by editors S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, details the story’s difficult path from conception to publication. Written between November 1934 and February 1935, Lovecraft’s confidence was so poor at the time that he refused to type a draft of the manuscript. That task fell to 17 yea ...more
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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
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