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The Colour Out of Space

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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 unthinkabl
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Kindle Edition, 26 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by ePenguin (first published September 1st 1927)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Colour Out of Space and others, H.P. Lovecraft

The Colour Out of Space is a science fiction/horror short story by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in March 1927.

In the tale, an unnamed narrator pieces together the story of an area known by the locals as the "blasted heath" in the wild hills west of the fictional town of Arkham, Massachusetts.

The narrator discovers that many years ago a meteorite crashed there, poisoning every living being nearby; vegetation grows large but foul tasti
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Megan M
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 of
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Katy
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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GoldGato

...restlessness was in the air. The entire Gardner family developed the habit of stealthy listening, though not for any sound which they could consciously name. The listening was, indeed, rather a product of moments when consciousness seemed half to slip away.

Why I always end up reading Lovecraft when it's rainy and windy is something I cannot understand. It certainly isn't planned. Nor did I plan to be up past midnight, worried for Canadian neighbours who had to suddenly leave because of the Co
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Brian
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very gripping and chilling and so descriptive. Would be interesting to see the movie adaptation that's about to come out. ...more
Lou
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
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Ekel Adolf
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
To quote Lovecraft himself:

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”

Lovecraft's horrors were never as unknown and scary as in The Colour out of Space.
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Kenneth McKinley
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Dimitris
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING!Do not read this book at night!I repeat do not read this book at night!May cause insomnia or terrible nightmares!
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Ben Rogers
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Really enjoyed the story.

5/5
Sigourney Penna
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover art is reason enough to love this book!

Lovecraft never wrote much more than shorts, of course, and all of us who make a living in the genre owe something to his great brief mind. Fortunately, this was the first book of Lovecraft's that I ever read and I was thoroughly introduced to the man's mind from the varied and astounding tales within.

Lovecraft's weakness was "character" - and these stories are no exception. The characters each have ridiculous dialogue and forced behavior. Never l
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Laura
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Shawn Deal
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
One of H. P. Lovecrafts most brilliant of stories, The Colour of Space, may ultimately be his best. He certainly considered it his best. Influential--the title story has inspired such other tales as Die, Mosters, Die, The Blob and Invasion of the body snatchers. This is the true must read of his entire work.
Rita
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are strong parallels between Annihilation and this book. Having read the former first, and not knowing what to expect, I ended up liking it a lot. I'm a big fan of good old sci-fi alien cosmic horror and this book has been a throughly satisfying read. ...more
Louis
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, reviewed
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
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Cute little story. Reminded me of little house on the prairie. Eίχε κι ένα ελαφάκι στο πηγάδι. Τι διαβάζετε ρε τρελοκομεία;
John Yelverton
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely scary, freaky, and well done story about a family whose land turns against them after a meteor which gives off strange properties and colors falls onto their property.
Alex M.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this as part of an assignment and it was my first interaction with Lovecraft.

I still have mixed feelings about his writing. I enjoyed some of the stories but most of them had a tone that I didn't find suitable for my taste. One reason may be that I like a specific kind of horror and this wasn't it. As a side note, now I find it difficult to look at a slime and be okey with it. Ha.

I did enjoy the writing. His characters had enough essence to be likeable and I enjoyed following them
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Enzo Allred
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melvin Benson V
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read from The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft Barnes and Nobles Hardcover edition. Currently using this as a placeholder for my thoughts before I finish the entire edition and record that there.

The Color Out of Space is perhaps one of the more fascinating pieces of horror literature I've engaged. It may be the most difficult to really understand and take apart its themes, not least of which is the short page count. It has little to do with the mere concept (an unknown, otherworldly color is s
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MIke Coldewey
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Erik Graff
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adolescent boys
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
When still in junior high, I was reading in the living room one night while babysitting my five-year-old brother. As usual, the parents were later than expected. I was pretty much past the stage of immediately assuming they had perished in a flaming automobile wreck, but, still, it being late, I stayed downstairs on the couch, resolved to wait for them.

This collection wasn't the first thing I'd read that night--or at least "The Colour Out of Space" wasn't. Maybe I'd started with the shorter stor
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Laura Fudge
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick one, mainly picked up as an introduction to H.P. Lovecraft (can you believe I have never read any Lovecraft? – Shocking, I know).

This little book has 3 stories: The Colour Out of Space, The Outsider and The Hound. Very short, very easy to read and very good! The Colour Out of Space was his favourite – and I found it compelling and creepy – the story of a meteorite and how it destroys a family. I liked the way it combined science fiction and good old fashioned horror – and partly what sca
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Tracey
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely novella that shouldn't be read alone at night. Lovecraft is a true master of horror. ...more
Frank
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. Poor farmers meet an evil outer space entity and it slowly devours the spirit of a family and....
well read it and find out
Krista
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savory, as most stories authored by Lovecraft, but this one especially lingers on the mental tongue. :)
Alex Delogu
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good little story about a strange alien blob that radiates super-spectral colours of infectious decay.
Alejandro Pérez
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I really enjoyed by Lovecraft
Alfredo
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
What kind of horror could be worse than the one that we can't understand because it comes from the unknown? "The Colour out of Space", by H.P. Lovecraft, is a story that takes this idea and tell us about the tragic events in which a small town is involved after the impact of a meteorite, which later results to be a threat. The enigmatic terror is not caused by human or earthly causes, but by a baffling object that comes from the blackness of space. A place that we don't comprehend completely, an ...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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