Title: The Colour out of Space
Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Fiction

This is one of Lovecraft’s best tales. It has a simple thread, small cast and minimalistic locations and they all merge to form a sumptuous, intimate and frightening tale.

The story is also a good place to start reading Lovecraft for readers yet to do so. The tale takes a more realistic stance and it is easy to visualise the places mentioned. The Gardner Farm
being easily imagined by readers and the eerie fruits and vegetables making us aware that bigger is not necessarily better.

The tale’s comprehensive and tangible narrative is easy to follow compared to Lovecraft’s ‘deeper’ works, so read a copy of it. You won’t be disappointed.

Featured image by furiouskitten (www.deviantart.com).

Extract:

It all began, old Ammi said, with the meteorite. Before that time there had been no wild legends at all since the witch trials, and even then these western woods were not feared half so much as the small island in the Miskatonic where the devil held court beside a curious ‘lone altar older than the Indians. These were not haunted woods, and their fantastic dusk was never terrible till the strange days.

You can read the whole story over at Dragonbytes.com or if you’d prefer something more tactile, the works of H.P. Lovecraft are widely published on both Paper and Digital.

The Colour out of Space
4.0Overall Score
Suspense “Creepy”
Monsters “Seldom-Seen – just as well”
Insanity “Scary – but not mind-bending”
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