* ItGetsBetter: Fifty pages of description of how their scientific expedition was ''meant'' to go. How it ''actually'' went starts around page sixty.
* NightmareRetardant: Giant albino penguins!
** YMMV on exactly the grade of NightmareRetardant. They are described as six feet tall and eyeless, shambling about and squawking loudly, a far cry from [[http://www.oceanadventures.co.uk/images/Adelie-Penguin--Q.jpg this]]. A bit unsettling depending on the reader.
*** So, [[http://i.imgur.com/zKMXE.jpg this]] is an albino penguin. If it was 6 feet tall and eyeless... yup. [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Still cute]].
**** Unless you interpret them as looking like [[http://verreaux.deviantart.com/art/Albino-Penguin-195983718 this]] or [[http://yog-blogsoth.blogspot.com/2012/01/mutant-penguin.html this]]. Ew.
* ValuesDissonance: The reader is meant to sympathize with the "upper-class" Elder Things over the "lower-class" Shoggoths, which were manufactured en masse by the Elder Things to act as their servitors. Admittedly, it's easy to do when one is rational and ill-fated and the other is a formless, possibly non-sentient mass of black goo trying to rip your head off (literally), but still. It's like a biological ancestor to the RobotWar.
** Except the Shoggoths were never supposed to be sentient, they just sort of mutated and ended up with it. Imagine tomorrow if our construction machinery became sentient and decided to try and kill us because they were sick of working for us. They weren't slaves, they were tools that randomly grew a brain and decided they didn't want to be tools, not to mention there's no real insight into exactly what kind of sentience the Shoggoths had.