Sunday, March 23
Book Review: The Colour of Space
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Pages: EBook 57
Summary: 'It was a monstrous constellation of unnatural light, like a glutted swarm of corpse-fed fireflies dancing hellish sarabands over an accursed marsh (...)'. H.P. Lovecraft was perhaps the greatest twentieth century practitioner of the horror story, introducing to the genre a new evil, monstrous, pervasive and unconquerable. At the heart of these three stories are terrors unthinkable and strange: a crash-landing meteorite, the wretched inhabitant of an ancient castle and a grave-robber's curse. This book includes "The Colour Out Of Space", "The Outsider" and "The Hound".
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: There were times, I was completely immersed in the book, as the atmosphere of the story just captured me, with its haunting feel to it. It wasn't scary, but the how the story was told, the setting of the stories, really drew me in, allowing me to forget everything around it.
The writing was incredible, the story was imaginative and a well balanced cross between horror and science fiction. Making for a very engaging and fun read, I ended up reading this in a sitting, partly because it was so short, and because it was just that good. In fact, it's one of those books, that make you want to immediately re-read it again.
What I liked most was how the author left a lot up to the readers own imagination, on what exactly is lurking between the pages. The atmosphere the author set up, the haunting factor of what creature is lurking around the characters, made for such a fantastic reading experience. I wouldn't say it was a scary read, but the atmosphere was set up to be haunting, to draw the reader into the whole experience with the character.
Overall, an excellent book that has be looking forward to reading more of the author's stories.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. As I said, it drew me in to the point, during my commute to work, the transit ticket guy surprised me when he asked for it. The fact I've went so long and not have read anything by the author.... well, it's why I'm now highly recommending reading anything by the author.
What to read next: More stories by the author. Frankenstein
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