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The Shadow Out of Time

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Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Published: 1936
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,851 / 74 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 15,868
Added to site: 2006.08.05 14615
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Genres: Horror, Pulp, Post-1930

An indirect explanation of the Great Race of Yith, an extraterrestrial species with the ability to travel through space and time. The Yithians accomplish this by switching bodies with hosts from the intended spatial or temporal destination. The story implies that the effect when seen from the outside is similar to spiritual possession.

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What I heard of my actions since 1908 astonished and disturbed me, but I tried to view the matter as philosophically as I could. At last, regaining custody of my second son, Wingate, I settled down with him in the Crane Street house and endeavoured to resume my teaching--my old professorship having been kindly offered me by the college.

I began work with the February, 1914, term, and kept at it just a year. By that time I realized how badly my experience had shaken me. Though perfectly sane--I hoped--and with no flaw in my original personality, I had not the nervous energy of the old days. Vague dreams and queer ideas continually haunted me, and when the outbreak of the World War turned my mind to history I found myself thinking of periods and events in the oddest possible fashion.

My conception of time, my ability to distinguish between consecutiveness and simultaneousness--seemed subtly disordered so that I formed chimerical notions about living in one age and casting

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Sardo Weems

You should read his "At The Mountains of Madness" before this one. This one explains the daily lives of the conical tentacled aliens mentioned in the other story.

It is pretty standard Lovecraft with lots of vague description ("queerly pigmented" is used instead of a color, "horror" is on almost every page, and his favorite--"hideous" shows up on the first page, but not for the last time.)


Another good one from Lovecraft. Interesteing descriptions of the wierd creatures (see the cover!). Cool concept, overall enjoyable.



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