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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December 02, 2013
September 20, 2013
One of the greatest novellas of all time beautifully written with a terrifying conclusion far superior to Poe great use of language building to a horrifying conclusion it is interesting to note that lovecraft had a genuine aversion to low temperatures and this aversion and terror is used to great affect in this novella it is a tense claustrophobic story with the actual horror never described as such at the end it is left more to the readers imagination which is more potent a real classic
August 31, 2013
June 22, 2013
Interesting writing, narrator is frustratingly verbose and instead of showing his terror through the story and other means, repeatedly states how each moment is so horrifying. By the end, the word horror means nothing because everything is horrifying according to the narrator. Hoping that this is Lovecraft's depiction of the narrator and not his writing style for all his works. I will admit i found the story exciting minus the obnoxious storytelling. Many parts are inadvertently funny - the exaggerated emotions and the creative monsters.
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