At the Mountains of Madness
At the Mountains of Madness is a novella by H.P. Lovecraft, an American writer of "cosmic" horror, fantasy and sci-fi, particularly in the subgenre known as "weird fiction." Weird fiction incorporated the supernatural, mythical, and scientific into a unique form which predated "niche" genre fiction. This story, which was originally serialized in 1936, features the "de-mythology" of the Cthulhu mythos, which describe ancient extra-dimensional beings whose powers are vast and terrifying. It is told from the perspective of William Dyer, a geologist and professor at Miskatonic University. His manuscript reveals the horrible secrets of "The Old Ones" in an attempt to deter a highly-publicized expedition to Antarctica.
Lovecraft's brilliance as a horror writer lies in his defiance of the old standards of ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. It's the peripheral description of his creatures, rather, whose powers are almost unimaginable, that leave the reader with a cosmic, spiritual and intellectual sense of doom. For example, that which makes the creature in this tale so horrifying is their arbitrary loathing of humankind - they couldn't care less whether we lived or died; but much like a puny bug, if we get in their way we will be killed without a thought. No silver bullets, no crosses, no wooden stakes will save you from terrifying creatures of the Lovecraft's "Cthulhu" fiction.
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April 22, 2013
H. P. lovecraft is just fab
April 16, 2013
I am not usually into these kind of books. However, I found that I was unable to put it down and read it all within a day. The author has a very detailed imagination. I enjoyed it very much!
April 12, 2013
September 06, 2012
Very intricately written tale of discovery, terror and madness. The descriptions are so detailed it is almost as if the author experienced it himself. Magical and spell-binding novel, I really enjoyed reading it.
June 26, 2012
May 06, 2012
One of his more revealing of the elder gOds, not as gothic, great