The Colour out of Space is closer to science fiction than horror than most of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, although it certainly has its horrifying aspects. This 1927 short story considers what lies out there in the vastness of space, unknown and incomprehensible to humanity; like the narrator, one may feel “an odd timidity about the deep skyey voids above” by the end of it.
The story begins with a meteorite that crashes on the Massachusetts farm of Nahum Gardner in 1882.
Scientists from nearby Miskatonic University come out to examine it, and discover an object too soft to be metal but …read more