Outcry deals with aspects of irrational and subconscious dream viewing and near death experience. The main character, a middle-aged writer who has recently returned from long-term wanderings in the North Seas, receives a letter of invitation from his brother, a scientist and professor at a university whom he hasn’t seen for years. The writer decides to visit him but upon arrival, he receives news about his brother's sudden disappearance. As he soon discovers, the scientist had become an outcast, alienating himself from the outside world and secretly working on a mysterious machine, which, according to his calculations, could separate one’s consciousness from his physical appearance.
Known in its native Russia under the title Sublustrum.