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Story: The Colour out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft 0:05:10
More about Lovecraft: 1:32:30
Narrator: Lawrence Santoro
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As you may have realized, I have a great deal of affection for H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour out of Space.” Several very bad films have been made using this story as the armature for lousy acting and bad scripting. Tonight I saw a preview for a 2009 Italian film called “Colour from the Dark” that may be… Okay. I really don’t want to denigrate the film without having seen it, but I hop you’ll look at the trailer…and come back and let us know what you think. Here’s the YouTube url:
Not a bad one sheet, though.
A truly excellent reading! Thanks, Larry, for your wholesale commitment to performing this story to a “t”! It’s always been one of my favorites as well. While the parallels with T.E.D. Klein’s “The Events At Poroth Farm” were foremost in my mind, your reading of the climax involving the crawling lights in the trees made me realize there’s an imagery overlap with Machen’s “The Terror” as well.
I’ve often thought that there’s a great movie to be made from this – DIE, MONSTER, DIE and THE CURSE and THE COLOUR FROM THE DARK (and, heck, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verril” from CREEPSHOW) be damned – there’s still a good film to be made from this! Someday! (they just better film it in New England, I tells ya…
Keep ‘em coming
Thanks so much, Shawn. I hope to get some Machen and James up and speaking in coming months, and more Lovecraft as well as tales influenced by Lovecraft.
And I absolutely agree that one day a GOOD movie will come out of “Colour…” one that is both faithful to the piece as written yet spins the horror in visual terms…
And yes, New England is a must and the 1920s, too!
I thoroughly enjoyed your reading of “The Colour out of Space”. So much so that I immediately bought an H.P. Lovecraft anthology and read that story first. More please!
Aloha Terror Tribe!
Larry, thanks so much for a chilling reading of one of H. P. Lovecraft’s more frightening tales. Wonderfully done, and I’m very pleased you’re telling Lovecraft’s tales yet again in this modern medium of the digital age. I hope it reaches many new horror fans.
As I’ve stated elsewhere, I discovered H. P. Lovecraft’s writing one certain summer in my teenaged years. At the very same time, I discovered Heavy Metal Music. It was exactly H. P. Lovecraft’s story “The Dunwich Horror” and Judas Priest’s 1st album “Sad Wings Of Destiny” that combined in my young mind and burst open the doors of my world – a delightful nightmare – exotic dreamland which filled those warm midwestern months with a comic dread of the vast “outside” that blackly swam between the stars. It changed me forever, and my understanding of literature, music, books, art, and horror. It was a thrilling magical time in my life that will always have a special place in my imagination.
If I had a time machine, I’d travel back to H. P. Lovecraft’s humble life, and show him how he has become the father of all modern horror. That he’s now remembered, known the world over, loved and heralded as the grand master of American Weird literature.
Wonder if his mind could grasp it… perhaps, like may of his characters, he’d faint.
Aloha Terror Tribe!
Okay… on repeated listenings of this show; The part of H.P. Lovecraft’s tale of Terror which sticks in my mind at night is … just what was so strange and wrong with the expression on the face of that wood chuck that it scared the boys so badly? Creepy. Very creepy.
That was a wonderful reading of this most excellent HP story, Larry. Very well done. Just as an FYI, there’s also a German production of TCOoS, called Die Farbe, which I believe translates to The Color. Here’s the link to the trailer- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t-MxVyublk
This is the best reading of “The Colour Out of Space” available online.
I can’t sleep at night without listening to Lovecraft’s stories.
I love to dwell in his fantastic imaginary universe, before I go to sleep.
For Lovecraft fans who would like to hear more Lovecraft-Audio: go to archive.org “Nearly Complete H.P. Lovecraft Collection”
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I just heard your reading of “The Colour Out of Space.” Gave my midnight trans-state drive a decidedly more sinister feel. This was excellent. I felt like the story was being told to me conversationally, as opposed to simply being recited. Lovecraft’s prose seemed vibrantly alive to me as I drove through the dark. Amazingly done!
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