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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (September 13, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345329457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345329455
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the greatest short novels in American literature, and a key text in my own understanding of what that literature can do.”
MICHAEL CHABON



“Lovecraft’s fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror.”
CLIVE BARKER


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H. P. LOVECRAFT is one of the seminal horror authors of the twentieth century. He wrote more than one hundred stories, and achieved popular acclaim in such publications as Astounding Stories and Weird Tales. Though he died in 1937, the small press publisher Arkham House was established in 1939 to preserve Lovecraft’s works for future generations


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H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction--three short novels and about sixty short stories--has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.

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There are three other very good stories in the book, as well.
Mike H.
Lovecraft's unique prose style--at once elegantly learned and primally disturbing--contributes greatly to the narrative.
Michael J. Mazza
H. P. Lovecraft's "At The Mountains Of Madness" could be the best horror story ever written.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on December 28, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recommend this as the best one-volume introduction to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. If you finish this single volume you will be familiar with the atmosphere and the terminology of a large part of the Cthulhu Mythos. That's probably why this particular edition has remained in print so long. After _The Dunwich Horror_, it was my introduction to Lovecraft.
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....
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2002
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At the Mountains of Madness is one of Lovecraft's most singular, lengthy, and important pieces of fiction. Set in the cold wastes of Antarctica, it takes us far afield from the mysterious world of Lovecraft's New England yet in close proximity to the mythical framework of his most noted writings. A cadre of scientists from Miskatonic University travels to the coldest continent in order to pursue important geological work, but their mission is quickly transformed by one team's discovery of an ancient cavity housing hordes of scientific specimens at the base of an undiscovered range of weird, majestic mountains. The most important specimens found in the pit are largely intact bodies of terrifically strange creatures having both animal and vegetable characteristics and sporting immense, bat-like wings. As the first team begins a study of the creatures, the other party members rush to the campsite. However, they find only death, destruction, and mystery there when they arrive. Mysterious caves, peculiar shapes, and other incredible aspects of the adjacent mountains leads the expedition leader to dub them "the mountains of madness." Scientific curiosity impels two of the men to fly over those mountains to see what lies on the other side. What they find is an empty, ancient city, which they set out to explore. Statues and strange hieroglyphics lead the men to conclude that this city was once the most revered spot of the Old Ones mentioned in the Necronomicon and the Pnakotic Manuscripts, a city built long before man's first ancestors walked the earth. As they move deeper within the bowels of the city, they discover that it is not quite deserted after all.Read more ›
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Doug Vaughn HALL OF FAME on December 7, 1999
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I first read these stories years ago while spending the summer with a friend in rural Arkansas. The house had no electricity so we read late at night by kerosene lamp. I can still remember the feelings that these pieces evoked and how hard it was to go to sleep in the dark afteward. Now, even as an adult, reading in a comfortabley lighted room, these stories still scare the hell out of me.
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on May 7, 2000
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I found this book at a used paperback shop for 10 cents about 15 yrs. ago, it is simply the most horrifying stuff I have have ever seen or read, that includes Poe, Kellerman, King, Koontz,"Silence of the Lambs", slasher flix or whatever. It is not an easy read, Poe had a big vocabulary but Lovecraft's was a lot bigger. It's worth it though,there are elements of science fiction, prehistorical speculation, a sense of where science/technology was leading, and how the terrors within the human mind cannot be conquered by it's materialistic accomplishments. This is the most disturbing book I have ever read, I'm an admirer of Poe but this is on a whole other level. This is literary terror in a pure intellectual form, Lovecraft makes Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, and Dean Koontz look like babes in a sandbox, fighting over who can dissect a corpse into the most parts with the latest , greatest B&D tools. Sorry, dudes, Lovecraft beat you to the punch about a hundred years ago.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex on May 27, 2000
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Lovescraft's ideology was not to write horror. It was to impress the mind with the sense of awe and wonder, to impugn upon it that there are ineffable, unfathomable things lurking in the universe, things that we cannot analyze and understand. Naturally, since humans tend to be afraid of the unknown, Lovecraft's reasoning led him to the use of terror as the conveyer of awe. One who reads Lovecraft just for the sake of seeing a few characters get eaten or dismembered is avoiding the best parts. In theory one reads Lovecraft to become disturbed. To expand his mind beyond what is considered human, to break out of the bounds of placidity and decadence, self-assuredness and security, and to feel it in his heart of hearts that humans are not the masters of the world.
At the Mountains of Madness sits proudly as one of Lovecraft's greatest achievements. It is a tale of time immemorial and of an incredible civilization that came to Earth long before it was populated. A truly stellar read that leads one to thinking where exactly humanity's evolution will lead. One of the greatest features of Lovecraft's horror is that all of his stories are interwoven into a single nighmarish parchment- at the mountains of madness is no exception: it includes a number of references to both Cthulhu and the quasi-real "Necronomicon".
Oddly enough, the other stories included in this selection (especially Shunned House, probably because it is about what one might probably call a vampire - in the pre-Dracula sense of the word) don't seem to be quite as deep and absorbing as the first.
Nevertheless, if you care for a new view of the world around you, one where you do not dominate - please, read this book. I myself am too far gone...
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