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The Shadow out of Time:
The Corrected Text

By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz


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“The Shadow Out Of Time” is H.P. Lovecraft’s last major story, written in a four-month period from November 1934 to February 1935. It was first published in Astounding Stories for June 1936. And yet, this text has never been published as Lovecraft wrote it—until now.

The recent discovery of Lovecraft’s handwritten manuscript allows readers to appreciate this magnificently cosmic story exactly as originally written. All previous editions of the story contain hundreds of serious errors, including errors in paragraphing, omissions and mistranscriptions of many words and passages, and erroneous punctuation. But now, the breathtaking scope of this novella—the story of the Great Race’s conquest of time and space by means of mind-projection, and the hapless fate of Professor Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee as a victim of the Great Race’s quest for all the secrets of the universe—can, for the first time, be fully understood.

Leading Lovecraft scholars S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz have provided an exhaustive introduction and commentary on the story, elucidating names, places, and other elements in this richly evocative story. A must for all devotees of Lovecraft and weird fiction.


  • Introduction
  • The Shadow out of Time
  • Appendix
    • Notes to “The Shadow out of Time”
    • Early draft
  • Notes
  • Textual Notes

Bibliographic Information

The Shadow out of Time. By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press; 2001; ISBN 0-9673215-3-0; Softcover.

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