- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: Hippocampus Press; Reprint edition (20 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967321530
- ISBN-13: 978-0967321530
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,454,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shadow Out of Time Paperback – 20 Jul 2003
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"The Shadow out of Time" was maligned by the editors and copy-editors of Astounding Stories, and then badly edited for those early Arkham House books, the texts of which are now used for really bad editions of Lovecraft's fiction such as the three H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus volumes published by Voyager in the mid-1980's and the Gollancz edition known as NECRONOMICON: THE BEST WEIRD TALES OF H. P. LOVECRAFT. Arkham House finally hired S. T. Joshi to re-edited and correct the texts of all of Lovecraft's four volumes of fiction published by them. The Joshi texts have given us the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft as Lovecraft wrote it and wished his fiction to be preserved.
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This amazing work seems to represent the beginning of what might have been the next major phase of Lovecraft's literary career had he not died in 1937. He seems to have almost come to grips with the horror of his content enough to present it in almost pleasant terms. Gone is the dismissal of the unknown as 'evil' and, in its place, is an evaluation of it as something approaching wonderful.
Yet, for all this new-found optimism, that indescribable sense of being in the presence of things vast beyond imagination is still very much there. In fact, it is there in even more vivid terms as ever before in Lovecraft. Specifically this is due to his focus on the endlessly befuddling concept of time.
The only niggling problem with the story is the injection of rather pedestrian pace very near the end which slows things up right when they need to race faster and faster. But this may be only my impatience.
I am very glad I bought the story in this special form as it lent an extra special meaning to my first ever reading of Lovecraft's last ever major story. It comes with an insightful introduction, extensive notes and a cover which reproduces the cover of the pulp magazine in which 'The Shadow out of Time' was first published. Now, tell me those strange cone-like beings aren't slightly cute!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A clever and complex tale from Lovecraft. I personally preferred this story more than his 'At The Mountains Of Madness' story as blasphemous to some fans of Lovecraft as that... Read morePublished on 22 July 2013 by Imajicaman
One of Lovecraft's 'Great Tales' and the penultimate thing he wrote, this is a treat for all Lovecraft fans. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2012 by max sexton