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At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Tales of Terror Mass Market Paperback – September 13, 1991
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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.”
“Lovecraft’s fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror.”
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hort novel, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is a tale of terror unilke any other. The Barren, windswept interior of the Antarctic plateau was lifeless--or so the expedition from Miskatonic University thought. Then they found the strange fossils of unheard-of creatures...and the carved stones tens of millions of years old...and, finally, the mind-blasting terror of the City of the Old Ones. Three additional strange tales, written as only H.P. Lovecraft can write, are also included in this macabre collection of the strange and the weird.
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Because of this, however, as well as numerous, minor side references to other elements of the Mythos, "The Mountains of Madness" can be a good entry for those starting to read Lovecraft. The more understandable and accessible nature of the Elder Things makes the ideas in the story more easier to digest than the truly alien designs and workings of other entities in the Mythos.
This particular book is well done in that it contains numerous related essays to fill it out, since "Mountains" is barely 100 pages long, making the cost of the book worth it.
Awesome stories in an awesome package. 't go wrong with this.
Additionally, the "definitive" version includes the author's classic treatise on supernatural horror, an eye-opener and must read for any fan of the genre.