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As a man surveys the countryside for the construction of a reservoir, he comes across a stretch of barren farmland leeched of life. An aged survivor of the town tells him the tale of a rural farmer's family and their path to madness and unspeakable horror.
Lovecraft considered "The Color Out of Space" to be the best of all his stories. Originally appearing in the September 1927 issue ofAmazing Stories, it is one of his most frequently anthologized tales.