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"The true weird tale has something more than a secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains. An atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; a hint of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard agains "The true weird tale has something more than a secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains. An atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; a hint of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space." --H. P. Lovecraft This new collection features some of the greatest masters of extreme terror, among them Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, and Henry James, and includes such classic works as Arthur Machen's "The White People," Algernon Blackwood's "The Willows," and of course Lovecraft's own weird and hideous "The Colour Out of Space." Contents: Edgar Allan Poe, "MS. Found in a Bottle" Bram Stoker, "The Squaw" Ambrose Bierce, "Moxon's Master" Ambrose Bierce, "The Damned Thing" Ambrose Bierce, "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" R. W. Chambers, "The Repairer of Reputations" M. P. Shiel, "The House of Sounds" Arthur Machen, "The White People" Algernon Blackwood, "The Willows" Henry James, "The Jolly Corner" Walter de la Mare, "Seaton's Aunt" H. P. Lovecraft, "The Colour Out of Space" A Note on the Selection by D. Thin


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"The true weird tale has something more than a secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains. An atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; a hint of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard agains "The true weird tale has something more than a secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains. An atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; a hint of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space." --H. P. Lovecraft This new collection features some of the greatest masters of extreme terror, among them Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, and Henry James, and includes such classic works as Arthur Machen's "The White People," Algernon Blackwood's "The Willows," and of course Lovecraft's own weird and hideous "The Colour Out of Space." Contents: Edgar Allan Poe, "MS. Found in a Bottle" Bram Stoker, "The Squaw" Ambrose Bierce, "Moxon's Master" Ambrose Bierce, "The Damned Thing" Ambrose Bierce, "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" R. W. Chambers, "The Repairer of Reputations" M. P. Shiel, "The House of Sounds" Arthur Machen, "The White People" Algernon Blackwood, "The Willows" Henry James, "The Jolly Corner" Walter de la Mare, "Seaton's Aunt" H. P. Lovecraft, "The Colour Out of Space" A Note on the Selection by D. Thin

30 review for The Colour Out of Space: Tales of Cosmic Horror by Lovecraft, Blackwood, Machen, Poe, and Other Masters of the Weird

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    October 2011 Ok, so I didn't quite manage to finish this... What? C'mon, guys, don't give me that look. Have you even read Henry James? It's like the old bastard was writing in Super English or something. Ok, I think I struck a nerve. Look, I've never read James before. I figured reading Louis Auchincloss was enough and I could just jump right in, but I guess "The Jolly Corner" wasn't a good story to start with. Maybe I'll try something easier...if the old bastard has anything ea- Keep away! KEEP AW October 2011 Ok, so I didn't quite manage to finish this... What? C'mon, guys, don't give me that look. Have you even read Henry James? It's like the old bastard was writing in Super English or something. Ok, I think I struck a nerve. Look, I've never read James before. I figured reading Louis Auchincloss was enough and I could just jump right in, but I guess "The Jolly Corner" wasn't a good story to start with. Maybe I'll try something easier...if the old bastard has anything ea- Keep away! KEEP AWWAAAAAAYYYYY *WORDLESS SCREAM* FOOLISH MORTALS WOULD BE WISE TO PERUSE THIS COLLECTION OF COSMIC HORROR STORIES SELECTED BY THE GREAT DOUGLAS THIN AND PUBLISHED BY THE MAJESTIC NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS. IT CONTAINS MANY INFORMATIVE WORKS OF WEIRD FICTION BY SUCH WRITERS AS POE, AMBROSE BIERCE (WHO WROTE THREE STORIES INCLUDED HEREIN, AS HE IS OUR FAVORITE SERVANT), ROBERT W. CHAMBERS (WHOSE TALE "THE REPAIRER OF REPUTATIONS" IS A MUST-READ FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO SERVE THE DARK), M. P. SHIEL (WHOSE USE OF THE PHRASE 'YELLING PLANET' IN HIS STORY "THE HOUSE OF SOUNDS" HAS TICKLED OUR INSIDE PARTS), WALTER DE LA MARE, ARTHUR MACHEN, HENRY JAMES (WHOSE STORY IS VERY, VERY GOOD, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE FRAIL HUMAN SAID BEFORE WE TOOK HIM), H. P. LOVECRAFT, AND ALGERNON BLACKWOOD. THE FINAL AUTHOR WROTE THE STORY "THE WILLOWS," WHICH JACOB FAILED TO READ AS WELL. HE IS A VERY NAUGHTY BOY AND SHALL BE PUNISHED. FOOLISH MORTALS WITH LIBRARIAN STATUS WOULD ALSO DO WELL TO FIX THE INFORMATION ON THIS BOOK'S MAIN PAGE, AS IT IS 368 PAGES LONG AND NOT 250 AS LISTED. DISREGARD THE PREVIOUS REQUEST, AS A FOOLISH MORTAL AS KINDLY FIXED THE ERROR. FOOLISH MORTALS ARE AGAIN ADVISED TO READ THIS BOOK AND TO SALUTE THE DARK. THAT IS ALL.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Xisix

    Satisfying collection of strange tales.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    I am amazed with your storytelling, great job! If you allow, may I share your book to facebook in order to reach more readers? And by the way, NovelStar is currently conducting a writing competition - You have a great potential. If you wish to join, link is attached herein. https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... (APP) you wish to join. I am amazed with your storytelling, great job! If you allow, may I share your book to facebook in order to reach more readers? And by the way, NovelStar is currently conducting a writing competition - You have a great potential. If you wish to join, link is attached herein. https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... (APP) you wish to join.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    DNF

  5. 5 out of 5

    Unwisely

    I am not really into horror. Or scary things. One of the last scary books I read was Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders like 12 years ago and I didn't sleep for about a week afterwards. (And called up friends at 2 AM when I heard noises.) After that, I pretty much stopped even trying. But I thought HP Lovecraft might not scare me they way, say,Stephen King does. I picked this book up because the title story was recommended as a story that was easy for new readers. (Apparently t I am not really into horror. Or scary things. One of the last scary books I read was Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders like 12 years ago and I didn't sleep for about a week afterwards. (And called up friends at 2 AM when I heard noises.) After that, I pretty much stopped even trying. But I thought HP Lovecraft might not scare me they way, say,Stephen King does. I picked this book up because the title story was recommended as a story that was easy for new readers. (Apparently the rest of the mythos is all intertwined and is less accessible.) Anyway, this was a collection of short stories. The title story (which was last) was a lot more readable than I would have expected, considering how long ago it was written - the vocabulary was a lot more extensive than I usually encounter (I went to the dictionary a few times), but the style was readable. (As opposed to some arctic books from the 1940's I tried to read that I just found completely frustrating.) Unfortunately, that wasn't true for all of them. After I enjoyed the Lovecraft, I decided to start at the beginning. I got through the Poe, and was mostly confused by what I was supposed to be scared of. (Apparently the possibility that there were holes in the poles where the water went in was a viable theory at the time. (I refuse to spoiler a 150 year old story.)) There was a pretty readable and plausible story by Bram Stoker, then three very short stories by Ambrose Bierce. The latter weren't exactly scary, but interesting and not bad. (Wikipedia added immensely to my enjoyment of "An Inhabitant of Carcosa"; I had no idea it was so influential. Then came two stories that I slogged through and didn't particularly like, and the one that utterly defeated me. All in all I missed 3.5 out of 12 stories (but they were about a third of the book). Sort of historically interesting but I can't recommend the effort.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamil

    Charles Burns cover! Only read three of the stories, Machen's "The White People", Chambers' "The Repairer of Reputations", and Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space". Charles Burns cover! Only read three of the stories, Machen's "The White People", Chambers' "The Repairer of Reputations", and Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    A great car-book to read and re-read. Multiple readings drive you deeper into the subtle, but profoundly disquieting, horror

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This contains the unsettling story, The White People; a story I've not seen collected anywhere else. Weird shit. This contains the unsettling story, The White People; a story I've not seen collected anywhere else. Weird shit.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Blake Thompson

  10. 5 out of 5

    Armando

  11. 5 out of 5

    Horror Aficionado

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rodolfo Gallardo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nataly Pugh

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

  17. 4 out of 5

    Richard Wessel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Burdge

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nuno

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ó Ruairc

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bob Bradshaw

  23. 5 out of 5

    Salim Najjar

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rj

  27. 5 out of 5

    spideyj

  28. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  29. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  30. 5 out of 5

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