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The Shadow Over Innsmouth

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"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.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published April 1936 by Visionary Publishing Company
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, gothic
”One night I had a frightful dream in which I met my grandmother under the sea. She lived in a phosphorescent palace of many terraces, with gardens of strange leprous corals and grotesque brachiate efflorescences, and welcomed me with a warmth that may have been sardonic. She had changed--as those who take to the water change--and told me she had never died.”

It might have been the uncertain light from the flickering fire casting deceptive shadows across my friend’s face or maybe it was the way t
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aleister Crowley, “The Mad Arab” Abdul Alhazred, Asmodeus, Ozzy Osbourne and John Denver sit in a pub in London, discussing HP Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Aleister: This was one of Lovecraft’s later works, first published in 1931, and I think, in my humble opinion, one of his finest.

Abdul: When were you ever humble, my friend?

Ozzy: Thoos twr, Alztr, wy njed dis stwi vry moos twu

John: Um, I think what Ozzy is trying to say is that he liked it too, what about you Asmodeus, um, or should I us
The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one H.P. Lovecraft's later works - written in 1936 and published in 1936, the only of his works of fiction to be published during his lifetime - he died in 1937. Lovecraft himself disliked the story, thinking it poorly written and not suitable for publication. The first and only print run consisted of only 200 copies, filled with typographical errors, most of which were not sold.

If you'd judge the book by the ineptitude of its publisher and the unrelenting negativit
Camille Stein
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

La sombra sobre Innsmouth (H. P. Lovecraft) * Ilustraciones: Alberto Vázquez -

It was I who fled frantically out of Innsmouth in the early morning hours of July 16, 1927, and whose frightened appeals for government inquiry and action brought on the whole reported episode. I was willing enough to stay mute while the affair was fresh and uncertain; but now that it is an old story, with public interest and curiosity gone, I have an odd craving to whisper about those few fri
Lovecraft Illustrated Volume 5


ix - Introduction by S. T. Joshi
xiii - Foreword by Brian Yuzna
003 - "The Shadow over Innsmouth" by H. P. Lovecraft
091 - "The Shadow over the Shadow" by Pete Von Sholly
093 - "The Harbor-Master" by Robert W. Chambers
123 - "Fishhead" by Irvin S. Cobb
135 - "Fish Schticks" by Robert M. Price
Bill  Kerwin

After one false start, in the final months of 1931, Lovecraft finally completed it: the novella which embodies his two greatest fears. The most obvious of the two, the fear of immigration and miscegenation, was derived from his narrow cultural focus and his xenophobia, but the second—a microcosm of the first—the fear of individual mental and moral degeneration, derived from an an intimate chapter of his family history. Both Lovecraft’s mother and father died confined to institutions for the insa
Warning: When you read H P. Lovecraft's stories, be alerted that Lovecraft can be such a racist sometime in such a manner:

You are ugly-looking then you must be EVIL!

You are old then you must be EVIL!

You are deformed then you must be EVIL!

You have mixed blood then you must be EVIL!

You worship pagan gods then you must be EVIL!

You befriend Indians, black people or other people of colors, then you must be EVIL!

These might sound like a joke, but all of these things I mentioned above really ain't
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I remember a survival horror game Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth a couple of years ago. Only a part of the game is similar to The Shadow Over Innsmouth and it is a combination of more Lovecraft's stories, so it's not exactly the same, but I still remember how the arrival of the main character to Innsmouth, that filthy old hotel, and what happens later made me feel.

Needless to say, I loved this story. I think it is one of those you could recommend to anyone who wants to try Lovecraft
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Lovecraft horror, perhaps the classic Lovecraft horror.

Despite reading many pastiches of his work this is actually my first Lovecraft. He seems like a distasteful enough character that I haven't been rushing to read his stuff. However, I'm just about the read Winter Tide which is a sequel of sorts to this one so I thought I'd knock it off quickly.

Our narrator comes to the town of Innsmouth to investigate a town in decay as well as the strange stories that he's heard about it from neighbo
Overall - 4.5 stars
Narration - 4.5 stars
Story - 4.5 stars
Joey Woolfardis
It was bound to happen at some point. An intense, life-long dislike for short stories and first person narrative meant that the intrigue of Lovecraft couldn't quite get me to enjoy this one.

We follow an intrepid traveller, standard Lovecraft, who seemingly at random falls head first in to a weird and wonderful world full of eldritch cults, esoteric goings on and horrors (literally) too horrific to put in to writing (convenient much). He visits a town that is shunned full of weird people etc etc

May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Lovecraft, and I read it in preparation for reading Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys.

I'm not a huge fan of "classic" speculative fiction, and so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The tension in this 1931 horror novella builds up slowly but surely, and makes for an entertaining read.
Fusty, stuffiness alternating with florid, overblown wordiness. Not particularly scary, and several story moments were clunky. And the last element of the story felt like it came out of nowhere(view spoiler). My first and probably last Lovecraft for a while.
my favorite HPL story. Mike Bennett does a fantastic job reading this great story.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
كما جرت العادة مع نصوص لافكرافت، تقلب الصفحات متسائلا: مالذي يخيف في الأمر. وما إن تفرغ من الكتاب وتضعه جانبا حتى يجتاحك شعور بالتوجس وتملأ أذنيك همسات الوساوس. السبب في ذلك هو أن لافكرافت يعمل ببطء ودأب ليخلق محيطا سوداويا غامضا لا يسعى أن يصدمك بل أن يتسلل إلى دخيلة نفسك تاركا بصمة رعب في اللاوعي.

تحكي هذه الرواية القصيرة عن رحلة فتى إلى مدينة إنزماوث الملعونة، بأهلها الذين لايختلطون مع العالم الخارجي ولا يتقبلون أحدا. وبما أننا نقرأ للافكرافت فلابد من وجود بحر، وديانة وثنية، وكم كبير من العتم
Rinda Elwakil
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dear,did you get to see nowadays Cairo?

نوفيلا مجنونة ساحرة
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
This is probably one of my favorite stories written by Lovecraft. I’ve always taken an interest in marine biology and ichthyology, so reading these subjects in a fantastical yet quasi-realistic narrative in a horror story is an A+ in my book.

Innsmouth is a dreary little town that I have seen multiple times on my sojourns along the Oregon coast: decrepit homes, abject poverty, desolate roads, foggy sidewalks, and of course the pungent, odiferous stench of salty air and sea foam mingling with the
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Karla Acuña
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
¡Que señor relato! Me encantó. Lovecraft nos lleva a un pueblo lúgubre y misterioso. Nos mete de lleno en la atmosfera. Es terrorifico, te mantiene tenso y el final es espectacular, en las últimas páginas lo ves venir pero hace que vuele tu imaginación
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a re-read in anticipation of the Innsmouth series.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lucia by: Karila
Shelves: book-club, horror
**Leído para el Club de Lectura**
Para la segunda entrega del Club de Lectura le tocó a Gloria elegir el libro, y se decidió por una selección de cuentos de Lovecraft.

Este es el tipo de historias de Lovecraft que más me gustan. Poco a poco va construyendo la atmósfera hasta llegar al momento de mayor horror, para después despacharse con un final inesperado. Admito que ya suponía lo que iba a pasar en el cuento por las pistas que va dejando en el camino, pero el final no me lo imaginé. Mi fé en Lo
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love that moment which comes in just about all of HPL's stories, where the protagonist has told you the whole story except for the final, horrifying detail -- which he has been trying to push out of his mind but now cannot postpone any longer, he has no choice but to describe it, if only he can maintain his grip on sanity for long enough to give it voice!

Anyway, I don't really have much to say except that this is definitely one of Lovecraft's best, and probably the best place to start if you'v
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's not everyday that one comes across a novel or novella that winds up making their top 5 list of all-time favorites. This one made that list. The Shadow Of Innsmouth is a story that I will be reading again and again for the rest of my life, and if I were to describe this book in one word, it would be "fun." Unlike some of my other favorite novels, which consist of mostly horror and sci-fi horror novels, The Shadow Of Innsmouth was a fun read, despite being so disturbing as well. Lovecraft's w ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I'll just start by pointing out that I didn't read this particular edition; I picked it out of this collection for a re-read.

After reading most of his stories once before, this stood out as one of my favourites. There's just something about that shadowed town of Innsmouth that is so evocative and creepy that it really stays with you. Indeed, this is one of the stories I often suggest to people who haven't read him before as a good introduction to his work.

Most of Lovecraft's work is not always w
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Coos Burton
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: terror
"(..) sentía un impulso irracional a apartarme de la vida sana y ordinaria que llevaba, y a lanzarme a las tinieblas y la locura."
Cuando a los nueve años leí por primera vez una narración de Lovecraft me quedé con una especie de sensación rara. Una sensación que no era precisamente mala, pero que tampoco podría expresar como buena. Extrañada, confundida, y también un poquito perturbada. El click se dio en el momento en el que descubrí que de eso se trata Lovecraft: una vuelta por acá, unas crip
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I find myself often thinking that if Lovecraft's writing was as good as the concepts he came up with, then his work would be nothing short of masterpieces. The same holds true for The Shadow Over Innsmouth. It's eerie and thought-provoking like many of his other stories, but has a tendency to drag from time to time. Regardless, it's another interesting look into the Cthulu Mythos; a world I find myself continually drawn to.

Almost maddeningly so...
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Sarah Marie
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars. Fish people, man, who breed to make more fish people. I think. Review to come.
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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.” 12 likes
“One night I had a frightful dream in which I met my grandmother under the sea. She lived in a phosphorescent palace of many terraces, with gardens of strange leprous corals and grotesque brachiate efflorescences, and welcomed me with a warmth that may have been sardonic. She had changed - as those who take to the water change - and told me she had never died. Instead, she had gone to a spot her dead son had learned about, and had leaped to a realm whose wonders - destined for him as well - he had spurned with a smoking pistol. This was to be my realm, too - I could not escape it. I would never die, but would live with those who had lived since before man ever walked the earth.” 6 likes
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