Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Colour Out of Space
H P Lovecraft


The master of weird fiction, H P Lovecraft combines cosmic fantasy with creeping horror in these three tales of malevolent alien forces, body-switching and travel across the space-time continuum. an unnamed narrator pieces together the story of an area known by the locals as the “blasted heath” in the 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 tasting, animals are driven mad and deformed into grotesque shapes, and the people go insane or die one by one

Paperback (A format), 240pp
Penguin Books, 2020 (1927)
ISBN 9780241443934


HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT (1890-1937), born in Providence, Rhode Island, was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales starting in 1923.