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The Colour Out of Space

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,423 Ratings  ·  153 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
Mass Market Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 1969 by Lancer Books (first published 1927)
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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
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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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Ken 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
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."
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.
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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Tamara Romero
The Color out of Space: Why didn't they just leave the house?
Shawn
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Χρήστος Κασκαβέλης
Cute little story. Reminded me of little house on the prairie. Eίχε κι ένα ελαφάκι στο πηγάδι. Τι διαβάζετε ρε τρελοκομεία;
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
Gabriela Bortoluzzi
Os acontecimentos se passam numa pequena cidade, Arkham. Tudo começa quando um meteorito cai na fazenda de Nahum, trazendo consequências inimagináveis para aqueles moradores. Lovecraf disse certa vez que "a emoção mais antiga e mais forte do homem é o medo, e o medo mais antigo e mais forte é o do desconhecido". Sem dúvida essas palavras se tornam realidade nos seus contos. Esse em especial, é extraordinário! Nos deixa apreensivos do início ao fim e causa um certo desconforto, diante daquilo que ...more
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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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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Adolfo Salas
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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. :)
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.
Carlos Reges
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente relato de terror. Pobre familia pero vale la pena.
A.N. N. Mignan
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any natural history or antiques collector must have a favourite Lovecraft story: For the fulgurite collector, it is The Lurcking Fear; for the mirabilia collector, it is The Hound; for the collector of human skulls with pedigree, it is Ibid; and for the meteorite collector, it is The Coulour Out of Space (for the book collector, it’s a treat in most of his stories). Beware though, those are Lovecraftian objects, to handle with care. Trivia: Is this the earliest reference to the Widmanstaetten pa ...more
Димитров
Над всичко това витаеше дух на тревожно униние; долавяха се нотки на уродлива нереалност, сякаш бе изменен някакъв основен елемент от перспективата или светлосянката.

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Цветът му, близък до някои ивици от удивителния спектър на метеорита, не се поддавал на описание — нарекли го „цвят“ само по аналогия.

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Нямал нищо общо с нашата планета — бил къс от някакъв странен свят и като такъв се подчинявал на неразбираеми закони.

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Но когато узрели, той преживял тежко разочарование — въпреки цялото им ве
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Ryan Stewart
Definitely not my favorite Lovecraft offering but certainly one of the creepiest. He was more vague than usual in this one and it was so dragged out that it eventually got on my nerves a little. But the concepts and dread are really top notch, so I'd still suggest it if you like Lovecraft or horror in general.
Alejandro Pérez
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I really enjoyed by Lovecraft
MIke Coldewey
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Carlos A.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 estrellas por relatos sorprendentes y atmósferas peculiares.
Carlos Justiniano
Excelente historia,de las mejores que he leído
Molly
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
awesome
Ronald
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read between summer 1970 & summer 1974
Maestralac
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.

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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“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.” 17 likes
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