“The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is a novella by H. P. Lovecraft. Written November- December , the story was first published in April ;. The Shadow over Innsmouth is a horror novella by H. P. Lovecraft, written in November–December ]. It forms part of the Cthulhu Mythos, using its motif of a. H.P. Lovecraft Reread Today we’re looking at “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” written in November-December and first published as a.

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Lovecraft’s utter horror at anyone “different” comes through loud and clear here. My curiosity was peaked as to the origin of the artwork. In most cases Lovecraft focused on building his mythos, not bothering to construct any engaging plot; his characters would find themselves in a situation and elaborate on the horror of the Old Ones, the Shoggoths and the like.

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At last I saw the ancient arcaded station—or what was left of it—and made directly for the tracks that started from its farther end. Lovecraft 2 19 Oct 04, In my nervousness I looked around and discovered a bolt on lovecrat clothes-press which seemed to be of the lovecrafh size, judging from the marks, as the one formerly on the door. My Arkham-born grandmother had seemed strange and almost terrifying to me, and I do not think I grieved when she disappeared.

Customers who bought this item also bought. My fear was that his mind was cracking and that the unfortunate circumstances of his uncle might be one he currently shared. He hailed from Arkham, boarded with a family who came from Ipswich, and went back home whenever shaadow got a moment off. Lovecraft ‘s The Shadow over Innsmouth It was shsdow talk, he thought, but he said the bad thing about it was the kind of voice that sometimes spoke. There’s a lovecrqft loading this menu right now.

All right, the citizens of Innsmouth are interbreeding with fish men, but do we really want to condemn them based on ol’ Zadok’s ramblings? In this case, the unnamed narrator tells the story of his short sojourn to a reclusive town of Innsmouth.

A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythosp. Run by an Innsmouth fellow—Joe Sargent—but never gets any custom from here, or Arkham either, I guess.

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I do not know just how much of the whole tale has been told even to me, and I have many reasons for not oveer to probe deeper. Who can be sure of reality after hearing things like the tale of old Zadok Allen? I was sorry when I saw that there would be no other passengers on the bus. When the view of innemouth water again opened out—this time on my right—I was half-determined not to look at it at all.


The insane yarn I had heard from the aged drunkard did not promise very pleasant dreams, and I felt I must keep the image innsmoith his wild, watery eyes as far as possible from my imagination. Since the narrator judges the train to Arkham to be too costly, he has to travel via bus – and the only bus travels via Innsmouth, and is operated by a local driver.

And to make matters worse, there now flashed forth from the lofty cupola of the Gilman House, which sshadow up to the northeast behind me, a series of analogous though differently spaced gleams which could be nothing less than an answering signal. I knew that much of my route must be visible from the Rowley road. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The patterns all hinted of remote secrets and unimaginable abysses in time and space, and the monotonously aquatic nature of the reliefs became almost sinister. To gain a partial relief from the general tension I busied myself by transferring this hardware to the vacant place with the aid of a handy three-in-one device including a screw-driver which I kept on my key-ring. Was this one of those inns where travellers were slain for their money?

With that I felt like I had become Robert Olmstead.

He takes the Innsmouth bus the next day. Nov 25, Joey Woolfardis rated it it was ok Shelves: Its rowers, though distantly and indistinctly seen, were of an especially repellent aspect. A very thin sprinkling of repellent-looking youngish people now became visible on the sidewalks—lone individuals, and silent knots of two or three. The prose is spectacular and you can just fall right sshadow the story.

Since the pursuit was down another street, it was plain that the party was not following me directly. He proved, however, too hopelessly drunk to be a menace; so that I reached the dismal ruins of the Bank Street warehouses in safety. I find myself often thinking that if Lovecraft’s writing was as good as the concepts he came up with, then his work would be nothing short of masterpieces.

Set up a giveaway. When I spoke to him he did not answer, so I knew I would have to let him finish the bottle. Again groping toward the street, I opened a door off the hall and came upon an empty room with closely shuttered but sashless windows. They were very fond of the water, and swam a great innsmoutj in both river and harbour.


It was designed to open in my direction, hence I saw—after drawing the bolt and finding other fastenings in place—it was not a favourable one for forcing. To this day I do not know whether they saw me or not. From what I’ve read so far of Lovecraft’s work, he couldn’t do dialogue even when it was written in proper Ovver and not the backward idiot dialect we have here. Curiosity flared up beyond sense and caution, and in my youthful egotism I fancied I might be able to sift a nucleus of real history from the confused, extravagant outpouring I would probably extract with the aid of raw whiskey.

Despite what I had heard of this hotel in Newburyport, I signed the register, paid my dollar, let the clerk take my valise, and followed that sour, solitary attendant up three creaking flights of stairs past dusty corridors which seemed wholly devoid of life.

In a second I was through, and had my right knee and shoulder against a hall door which was visibly opening inward. For out of an opened door in the Gilman House a large crowd of doubtful shapes was pouring—lanterns bobbing in the darkness, and horrible croaking voices exchanging low cries in what was certainly not English. I would, of course, soon have to shift from Washington to some other southward street; for that party from the hotel would doubtless be after me.

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But at the same moment a pass-key sounded in the next door to the north, and I knew that a nearer peril was at hand. The narrator meets Zadok, who explains that an Innsmouth merchant named Obed Marsh discovered a race of fish-like humanoids insmouth as the Deep Ones.

Soon enough he founds that the town is strangely too deserted It would perhaps have been easier to keep my thoughts from disturbing topics had the room not been so gruesomely musty. They were definite and unmistakable, and awaked in my mind a blind horror beyond all rational proportion.