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At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – June 14, 2005
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“Lovecraft’s fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror.”
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Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition's uncanny discoveries-and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization-is a milestone of macabre literature.
This exclusive new edition, presents Lovecraft's masterpiece in fully restored form, and includes his acclaimed scholarly essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." This is essential reading for every devotee of classic terror.
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That said, this is a nice book to have, and should be particularly considered by those who are looking to introduce themselves to Lovecraft. "At the Mountains of Madness" is perhaps the quintessential Lovecraft story as it draws masterfully on themes developed in his earlier writings. Detailing the discovery of unimaginably old artifacts by an Antarctic exploration, the story revels in Lovecraft's primary concept of horror, namely, the cosmic insignificance and fragility of man. As the narrator and his assistant descend into the stygian depths of an unspeakably ancient city, the tension derives not from anything traditionally evil, but rather utterly indifferent to humanity's well being.
Moreover, the elements of dislocation, of man being knocked of his perch at the apex of evolution work, if anything, even better than they did in the 1930's. In an age when we are the precipice of understanding some of the most profound mysteries of life, "At the Mountains of Madness" places all of humanity squarely in the boondocks of cosmic significance.Read more ›
In the first story, "At the Mountains of Madness", you find yourself immediately immersed in the world of the Necronomicon, Miskantonic University, and the cosmic pantheon of the Cthulhu Cult and the Elder Things.
The second tale, "The Shunned House", shows what the master could do with a more conventional horror story. It is one of the best stories of a cursed house and family ever written.
The third story, "Dreams in the Witch House", serves as an excellent introduction to the cursed city of Arkham, though there are also strong elements of Miskantonic, the Necronomicon, and the speculations of fourth dimensional connections between our own world and "the farthest stars of the transgalactic gulfs."
Finally, there is "The Statement of Randolph Carter", which may be the most perfect short horror story ever written.
Of course if you are really hooked and want all the details about Lovecraft's world, then get the _Encyclopedia Cthulhiana_, that is if you are lucky enough to find a copy....
There has never been another writer like Lovecraft. His stories are oblique and suggestive and the reader's own mind provides much of the horror. He understood what lurked just beneath the civilized veneer of our consiousness and he manages to tease it out so well.
This is fiction for those who like to feel their skin crawl. Simply the best of its kind ever.
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Is this really H.P. Lovecraft's finest piece? Wow. I suppose this was frightening back in the day but by today's standards it's hard to imagine this ever getting a second read by... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Bryan
This is a classic. Everyone interested in classic horror should read it. Descriptions are not necessary. It is just compelling.Published 25 days ago by Raen Dear
I want a graphic novel. I want a graphic novel. When I want a novel I want a novel. When i want a novel with illustrations, I expect to get one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I knew almost nothing about At the Mountains of Madness before starting it. Basically I knew that it was by Lovecraft and it was the story of a scientific expedition to Antarctica... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
One of Lovecraft's best. Too bad they cancelled the movie because of how much Prometheus ripped off.Published 2 months ago by dan ernst
Im sure the book is good. But when it went through the perfect binder i noticed the pages are slightly off center and the cover is off by 1mm. So close to perfection but not quite.Published 2 months ago by Jon Demetrion
At the time of its publication it was probably really unique and suspenseful and full of horror. The story has been ripped off a lot by television.Published 2 months ago by Always Curious