->''"It's beginning to look a lot like Fishmen\\
Everywhere I go.\\
From the minute I got to town\\
And started to look around\\
I thought these ill-bred people's gill-slits showed."''
-->--''Dagon Tabernacle Choir'' [[http://www.cthulhulives.org/Solstice/fish-menplayer.html]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tTHn2tHhcI]]

Innsmouth is a small, run-down village on the northern coast of Massachusetts, near Ipswich, Gloucester, and [[LovecraftCountry Arkham]]. Locals don't like it much. There are whispered rumors about dark dealings with the supernatural, the taint of foreign blood, and some sort of hereditary deformity. While touring New England, a young man learns of the town's sinister reputation and [[SchmuckBait decides it's worth a visit]]. Curiouser and curiouser, he bribes the local drunk, said to be the [[OnlySaneMan only normal human left]], with his favorite poison. The tale he tells sounds crazy, yet the narrator cannot ignore the sinister atmosphere and the evidence before his own eyes.

"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is one of Creator/HPLovecraft's longest and most famous stories. Among the various beasties of the CthulhuMythos, the Deep Ones and their half-human spawn are among the most popular and enduring, inspiring numerous other authors (including [[http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-over-Innsmouth-Stephen-Jones/dp/0345444078/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308273466&sr=1-2 Neil Gaiman]]), as well as the 2001 film ''Film/{{Dagon}}'', the 2007 film ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'', and the video game ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth''.

''Innsmouth'' has also been adapted twice as an audio drama by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company and the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society. It has also been [[http://www.clasicadecomedias.com/version_teatral.html adapted for stage in Spain.]]

The complete story can be read online [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Shadow_Over_Innsmouth here]].

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* AdaptationalBadass: Lovecraft depicted the Deep Ones as a pathetic degenerate subhuman race. Most writers since have turned them into aquatic supermen who would even give Aquaman a run for his money. This may have to do with [[ValuesDissonance changing understandings]] of ''why'' the Deep Ones would be able to obliterate humanity if they felt the need to. To someone like Lovecraft, the only way sub-humans (e.g. Deep Ones) ''would'' be able to do it would be through the text-implied superior numbers (look at the surge from Devil Reef alone!), along with a little help from their exported shoggoths. If you're not steeped in the 1920s racism that Lovecraft held, though...
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Deep Ones are depicted this way, and nearly all writers since have followed suit.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:By the end of the story, the narrator is coming to terms with his Innsmouth heritage and future as a Deep One.]]
* [[AnimalsHateHim Animals Hate Them]]: Animals hate the Innsmouth folk, and the town is naturally devoid of them.
* AuthorAvatar: The narrator shares his antiquarian interests and frugal travel habits with Lovecraft.
* BlackSpeech: The Deep One/hybrids' voices (which may not be speaking English) are described as full of slopping, croaking, and bleating, and being generally blasphemous to the human ear.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The narrator is in Massachusetts on a ''genealogical'' tour]].
* CosmicHorrorStory: By association, since it's part of the CthulhuMythos.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: The narrator's uncle, after learning of his heritage. And the narrator himself, almost]].
* DyingTown: Innsmouth. Everyone is poorer, even the Marsh family; half the buildings are abandoned and crumbling, and population is going down. But if you think of it as a [[spoiler: breeding ground for Deep Ones...]]
* EldritchAbomination: Indirectly: the Esoteric Order of Dagon worships Cthulhu and there are references to the shoggoths.
* EscalatingChase: Rather unusual for Lovecraft's tales, this one has a rather long, exciting, action-packed chase scene.
* EvilSmellsBad: Innsmouth and its inhabitants emanate a nauseating fish odor.
* TheFilmOfTheBook / LovecraftOnFilm: ''{{Film/Dagon}}'' and ''{{Film/Cthulhu}}''.
* FishPeople: The Deep Ones.
* FunetikAksent: Zadok Allen. The fact that he's a decrepit alcoholic doesn't help.
%% * HalfHumanHybrid
* HellHotel: The [[PunnyName Gilman]] House.
* HollywoodNewEngland: The real fun of the ARTC version is hearing the cast affect some truly ridiculous New England accents.
%% * HumanSacrifice
%% * InTheBlood
* {{Infodump}}: The ticket agent and Zadok Allen, though arguably done right.
* InterspeciesRomance: Marriage, anyway, if not quite the ''romance'' part.
* LovecraftCountry: By default.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Both genders, actually. (In fact, the only pairings we hear about are female Deep Ones and human men.)
* MayflyDecemberRomance: One Deep One spouse was ''80,000 years older'' than her human husband.
* MeaningfulName:
** Obed ''Marsh'' was the first to unite the land-dwelling people of Innsmouth with the water-going Deep Ones, and his family is allegedly full of hybrids. Another family that married the Deep Ones were the [[PunnyName Gilmans]].
** The narrator-protagonist is named Robert ''Olm''stead. An olm is an amphibian that spends its entire life in water, like a fish. The Deep Ones are described as fish-like amphibians.
* NoNameGiven: The protagonist of the story is never named. His name, however, is revealed to be Robert Olmstead in [[AllThereInTheManual Lovecraft's notes]].
%% * NotSoSafeHarbor
* OnlySaneMan: The destitute drunkard Zadok Allen is the only remaining inhabitant of Innsmouth who is not part of the Esoteric Order of Dagon and not in the process of mutating into a fishman.
* PurpleProse: Trademark Lovecraft.
-->And yet I saw them in a limitless stream - flopping, hopping, croaking, bleating - urging inhumanly through the spectral moonlight in a grotesque, malignant saraband of fantastic nightmare.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Esoteric Order of Dagon.
* SceneryGorn: Lovecraft ''loves'' describing Innsmouth's decay.
* SchmuckBait: Innsmouth's bad reputation is precisely one of the reasons the narrator decided to go.
-->A town able to inspire such dislike in it its neighbors, I thought, must be at least rather unusual, and worthy of a tourist's attention.
* SinisterMinister: Zadok Allen recalls how the Esoteric Order of Dagon took over the town and Captain Marsh's crewmen were promoted as priests of the new religion. Creepy tiara-wearing priests still lurk in dark corners, and several are seen among the narrator's pursuers toward the end.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Typical of Lovecraft, the worst is only hinted at.
%%* TimeAbyss
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: The narrator is a Deep One hybrid himself, descended from Obed Marsh and one Pth'thya-l'yi]].
* TownWithADarkSecret: Probably the TropeMaker or [[TropeCodifier Codifier]].
* UncannyValley: {{Invoked}} via the "Innsmouth Look."
-->"There certainly is a strange kind of streak in the Innsmouth folks today - I don't know how to explain it but it sort of makes you crawl. You'll notice a little in Sargent if you take his bus. Some of 'em have queer narrow heads with flat noses and bulgy, starry eyes that never seem to shut, and their skin ain't quite right. Rough and scabby, and the sides of the necks are all shriveled or creased up. Get bald, too, very young."
* UnderwaterCity: Y'ha-nthlei.
* WasOnceAMan: The hybrids are born human but slowly transform.
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