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At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Tales of Terror Mass Market Paperback – September 13, 1991
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“Lovecraft’s fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror.”
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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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Man it is a slow read. When it hits it is still tremendously inventive and horrific but there's only so much I want to read about geology.Published 24 days ago by Nathan Lurz
My fave book from H.P. Lovecraft. Hope someday director Guillermo del Toro would get the green-light by studios in Hollywood to interpret this great fantasy-thriller book into an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by susi079
HP Lovecraft has always fascinated me. In high school it was either Lovecraft or Bradbury for our paperback readings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dattakafka
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At the Mountains of Madness, one of Lovecraft's longest tales, is haunting yet familiar. Read more
This is my first story into Lovecraft's writing and I'm hooked. I already looked up a complete Lovecraft edition and intend to read through it. Read morePublished 2 months ago
This is the second story I've read by Lovecraft and I can see why he is such a popular author. His descriptions are so vivid and complex. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Delta Stet
I was intrigued at first but about half way through I thought it started to get silly and was more sci-fi than horror.Published 3 months ago by Barbara D. Petty
Over all the story was good and the price was cheap so I was not that disappointed, however I paid extra for the "illustrated" edition and it was not illustrated at all.Published 3 months ago by purplechameleon