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Lovecraft / Aliens / 1936

THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME (H P Lovecraft) - Peaslee encounters the Great Race

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Aliens Claws Encounters Eyes Shadow 1936


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This evocative photograph captures the haunting moment when Professor Nathaniel Peaslee, the protagonist of H.P. Lovecraft's seminal 1934 short story "The Shadow Out of Time," encounters an alien being from the Great Race of Yith. Published in Astounding Stories magazine in 1936, Lovecraft's tale is a classic of science fiction and horror, blending elements of cosmic horror, time travel, and extraterrestrial encounters. In the story, Peaslee, a scholar and professor at Miskatonic University, is visited by a being from the distant planet of Yith. The alien, taking the form of a humanoid creature with elongated, probing eyes and sharp claws, reveals to Peaslee that it has been observing Earth for millennia and has the ability to transfer its consciousness into other beings. Peaslee is both fascinated and terrified by the encounter, struggling to comprehend the alien's advanced knowledge and otherworldly appearance. This photograph, with its dramatic lighting and ominous atmosphere, perfectly captures the sense of otherworldliness and unease that permeates Lovecraft's tale. The eyes of the alien being seem to pierce through the darkness, while its claws are poised and ready to strike. The date of 1936 in the bottom right corner serves as a reminder of the historical context in which the story was published, adding to the sense of intrigue and wonder. Overall, this photograph is a stunning representation of the strange and otherworldly encounters that define Lovecraft's work, and a fitting tribute to the enduring legacy of "The Shadow Out of Time" and its enigmatic protagonist, Professor Peaslee.

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