59: The Colour out of Space
How much repetition-with-variation does it take to turn a schtick into a genre? What elevates trashy horror pulp to the stature of GREAT trashy horror pulp? And if we know that the thing behind the door is an eldritch horror from the nameless depths, just like the last hundred things behind the last hundred doors, why do we always open the door anyway?
The Sometime Seminar discusses the seminal science-fictional horror weirdness of H.P. Lovecraft, with a look at the 1927 story “The Colour out of Space” and a general discussion of the rest of the Lovecraft oeuvre. (This story can be found in the Call of Cthulhu volume of Penguin’s definitive edition of Lovecraft’s stories.)