At the Mountains of Madness Paperback – 21 Apr 2010
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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
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
"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."
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A complete short 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I have always thought that "At the Mountains of Madness" would make a great film, even though I shudder at what Hollywood would do with its tendency to rely on special effects, the lessons of "The Blair Witch Project," "The Others," and "The Mothman Prophecies" to the contrary. However, I must admit that I notice Lovecraft's story contains elements of two of my all time top-10 science fiction/horror films, "The Thing From Another Planet" and "Five Million Years to Earth" (a.k.a. "Quatermass and the Pit"); think the claustrophobic arctic environment of the former and the discover of eldritch demons from the latter. Here we have an expedition from Miskatonic University that makes a startling discover buried beneath the snow of strange ancient creatures. When the expedition is slaughtered and the creates they found are taken away, a search team makes the grave mistake of following the trail to an immense ruined city.
I am sure I do not have to tell you how big of a mistake this ends up being.
I can remember staying up late at night reading this story, completing captivated and descending into terror step by step along with the doomed protagonists of the story. "The Mountains of Madness" achieves a level of pure terror that I never found in Poe.Read more ›
Soon after the contact stops, leaving the party no choice but to set out on a rescue mission. As the two man rescue party finally spot the landing site of their missing member and land the plane, they are met with a scene of disturbing signs.
From this point on, Lovecraft builds the terror expertly but never shows the creature or presence that is overshadowing every step the explorers take. The setting of Antarctica is used as one of the characters in this tale to great effect. Lovecraft uses the isolation as a sharpening stone to the growing paranoia of the explorers.
This is a master of atmospheric horror at his best!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovecraft has a great idea, but it is so buried in the pretentiousness of him with uneccesay and unclear detail and impressing his articulation! Well sigh! Its boring 💤Published 5 months ago by kim pearse
It's a great lovecraft story, this. Set in the antarctic and told, retrospectively, by a member of the team, a geological expedition discover evidence of an ancient unknown... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chunky Monkey
Arrived in good time and good nick, but didn't enjoy it after all, don't know what all the fuss is about.Published 7 months ago by Changechild
Great story, can't believe I've never read any of his stuff before. can't wait for the film too!Published 8 months ago by littlegeordieman
A unique and classic horror story. Written over eighty years ago, and there has not been another tale of this epic and widescreen type written.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Superb story, very gripping and excellent use of language to convey atmosphere.Published 10 months ago by Keith Spendiff
The CD didn't work with any of my CD players, so was returned today Friday September the 4th.Published 11 months ago by Martyn G Miles