A collection of short horror stories. The Colour Out of Space is about the strange events after a meteorite lands in a farmyard, The Outsider is about someone who is locked away and The Hound is about a grave robber who is hunted by a creature.
H.P. Lovecraft is one of those names I just recognise but I’d never read any of his stuff or even really knew what sort of genre he wrote. This little book was the perfect introduction to his writing. It was less than 80 pages long but in that he wrote three creepy stories.
As it’s so short I won’t go into any more detail to the plots of the stories bar what I said above and really, these stories are great because you don’t know what to expect or what is really going on.
All three stories are in the first person and you never really know whose eyes you’re seeing the story from – this is especially true of The Outsider, I really wasn’t sure what was happening in that story till the last few paragraphs.
These stories are creepy and haunting and the tone of them are great because you have a sense of foreboding and that feeling as if you’re being watched. All three of them are mostly set at night and the way harmless things like trees and fields are described makes you feel uneasy. There’s also a bit of blood and gore which is not pleasant but really adds to the tension.
At less than 80 pages if you want to try some H.P. Lovecraft The Colour Out of Space is a great place to start. It’s creepy and strange and you speed right through it. 4/5.