* NightmareRetardant: Giant albino penguins. 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.
* SlowPacedBeginning: Fifty pages of description of how their scientific expedition was ''meant'' to go. How it ''actually'' went starts around page sixty.
* 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.