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The Shadow Out of Time

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The Shadow Out of Time

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Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Publisher: Street & Smith Publications, Inc., 1936
Series: Cthulhu Mythos

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Horror
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Like At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Out of Time is one of Lovecraft's longest and most involved novellas. Moreover, The Shadow Out of Time was also turned into a graphic novel by Culbard in 2013. After a protracted coma which saw him become a topic of fascination for psychologists and psychiatrists around the world, the former Miskatonic Professor Nathaniel Peaslee embarks on a journey through the Australian outback in order to discover the lost civilization of the Yithians, a race of brilliant extraterrestrials who can travel through both space and time. Like other great minds from different epochs, Peaslee once had his mind switched with that of a Yithian in order for the alien to learn as much as possible about human civilization during the early 20th century. A profoundly pessimistic tale, The Shadow Out of Time was published nine months before Lovecraft died of cancer in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. He was 46.

This Novella was originally published June 1936 issue of Astounding Stories. It has been anthologized many times, including the anthology Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Horror Novels, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh, and has also been included in a myriad of collections, including the collections The Dunwich Horror and Others also Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft.

The novella "The Shadow Out of Time" is available free on the Internet.


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