The Colour Out of Space

The impact of a meteorite on a remote Massachusetts farm unleashes a strange and disturbing series of events. Before men of science from Miskatonic University can determine what it is, the space rock apparently evaporates. But terrible changes overtake the farm and its inhabitants, propelling them on a horrific course of desolation, madness, and death. The sole surviving witness to the events unwinds a chilling and disturbing tale of cosmic horror.

The Colour Out of Space was Lovecraft's personal favorite of his own stories, and one of which he was justly proud. It is one of the best embodiments of the principles of the weird tale that Lovecraft lays out in his essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature,"for the Colour itself is unknowable and remains almost entirely unexplained. The Colour is a chillingly effective symbol for our perilously limited understanding of the vast cosmos beyond our solar system. The Dark Adventure Radio Theatre adaptation retains this feeling of cosmic menace, and adds a poignant human touch with its dramatization of what happens to the Gardner family and their neighbors, beautifully played by our talented professional cast, and underscored with haunting music by Troy Sterling Nies. It's a great weird tale made even better!

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To enhance your listening pleasure, the HPLHS has packed the jewel case for The Colour Out of Space with carefully created props from the story. You'll have

  • A clipping from the special Sunday Pictorial section of the Boston Daily Advertiser, with a photograph of the Gardners standing next to the meteorite impact crater.
  • An 1882 letter from Professor Charles Lamb on vintage Miskatonic University letterhead, explaining the difficulty of investigating the Gardner meteorite.
  • A memo from the Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission, authorizing the construction of the reservoir that will drown the site.
  • The plaintive last will and testament of Nahum Gardner.
  • Track Listing

    1. Opening 2:13
    2. The Surveyor 9:38
    3. The Meteorite 11:58
    4. The Farm 13:26
    5. The Gardners 19:05
    6. The Colour 20:03
    7. Closing 1:13
    Total Runtime 77:36

    Cast and Crew

    Leslie Baldwin...Martha Pierce, Merwin Gardner
    Aidan Branney...Deputy Laveque
    Sean Branney...Abel Cooke, Professor Lamb
    Kacey Camp...Edith Green, Abigail Gardner
    Mark Colson...Nahum Gardner
    Dan Conroy...Erskine Blackwell, Professor Humburg, Doc Marsh, Chas Needham
    Andrew Leman...E. Lapham Peabody, Professor Barnes, Doctor Fleming
    Barry Lynch...Ammi Pierce
    David Pavao...Hughes, Sheriff Clark
    Kevin Stidham...Stephen Rice, Mason Stubbs, Deputy Peterman, Barrow
    Josh Thoemke...Announcer
    Sarah Van der Pol...Ruth
    Time Winters...Amos McGregor

    Based on the story by H. P. Lovecraft
    Radio adaptation by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
    Original music by Troy Sterling Nies
    Audio engineering by Chris Horvath
    Cover and disc illustrations by Darrell Tutchton
    Bonus props by Andrew Leman and Sean Branney
    Scenic miniatures by Fred Manchento, Jason Voss & Andrew Leman
    Produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman

    Script, Liner Notes & More

    Huan Vu's German-language motion picture adaptation of "The Colour Out of Space" is one we very much enjoy, and one of the very few films we carry that we didn't make ourselves.

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    For your enjoyment, we present free PDF downloads of the final recording script and liner notes of The Colour Out of Space. Note: this script is only for use for reading along with Dark Adventure Radio Theatre; no performance of the script may be made without written consent of the HPLHS.

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    Episode 8
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    Liner Notes
    Liner Notes
    The Colour Out of Space