At the Mountains of Madness

At the Mountains of Madness

H.P. Lovecraft / Dec 06, 2019

At the Mountains of Madness Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish vision H P Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in with his quintessential work of supernatural horror At

  • Title: At the Mountains of Madness
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft
  • ISBN: 9780241341315
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish vision, 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 an untoldLong acknowledged as a master of nightmarish vision, 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 an untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization is a milestone of macabre literature.

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      • H.P. Lovecraft

        Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.Lovecraft s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity Lovecraft s protagonists usually achieve the mirror opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.Although Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.


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    1. Imagine: Your friend goes to Antarctica with a team of scientists and discovers the remains of a before-the-dawn-of-time alien civilization AND then finds the ripped up bodies of some team members lying around AND then was chased by the lost alien forms. Cool. Except, your "friend" doesn't want to tell you about any of that. All he wants to do is describe the icy, mountainous, eerie, tunneled landscape that Roerich built: So you're like, no, go back to the part about the ripped up bodies.And he' [...]


    2. Ο Χ. Φ. Λάβκραφτείναι ένας και μοναδικός. Άρχοντας της φαντασίας και δημιουργός οραμάτων σε έναν κόσμο καταδικασμένο στο χάος του διαστήματος και τα προανθρώπινα δαιμόνια. Σε παντοτινές και προϋπάρχουσες δυνάμεις του φρικαλέου και του ανεξήγητα μεταφυσικού και σκοτεινού [...]


    3. I really wanted to like this because H.P. Lovecraft is likable as a person and I know he's so influential in horror but I couldn't do it. The story is well written and original but the writing style was so dry and boring because it's a scientist recording their expedition that I had to drag myself through it. There was just so much detail about things that weren't interesting when all I wanted to know more about was the horrible shit that was happening to them.


    4. 6.0 stars. As I was experiencing Lovecraft’s supremely awesome, nightmarish masterpiece, At the Mountains of Madness (ATMOM), it really struck me for the first time that he was a tremendously literate writer. I have been a fan of Lovecraft for a long time and have always been gaga for his bizarre imaginative stories. However, what jumped out at me on this reading of ATMOM was how impressively Lovecraft enhances the sense of dread that hangs over his stories through the colorful, melodramatic l [...]


    5. A TRAGIC HOMECOMINGAnd so we slept for a million millennia, on the edge of our great city. So close and yet so far! Why were we outside of our fair city, our families and companions mere steps away? The reasons are lost in time. And as we slumbered, our tropical paradise became a land of neverending winter, a polar graveyard. We were woken, those of us who still lived. Four lived and four were lost. We woke in confusion and terror, our tropic city gone, the snow and wind howling around us. Stran [...]


    6. I used to defend Lovecraft's reputation, arguing that he'd suffered the same fate as fellow pulp author Howard: that later writers, hoping to profit off of his name, put it on the cover of all sorts of middling short story collections--cliche and badly-written stuff that (if the reader is lucky) might actually contain one or two stories by the original author.However, in this tale, Lovecraft proves that he can write just as badly as his gaggle of followers. It is meant to be a story of the fanta [...]


    7. Hi, I'm Rob Lowe and I just read Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft.And I'm Super Creepy Rob Lowe and I watch professional wrestling.RL: This was another classic by horror and fantasy writer HP Lovecraft and displayed his virtuosity of the language as an art probably better than his shorter works. SCRL: Reading is hard on my eyes, I like checking out the babes in the audience with my big screen TV.RL: This also highlights the depth and breadth of Lovecraft's imagination and the detail to whi [...]



    8. This is as close as one will get to an epic adventure quest by H.P. Lovecraft. If you're an old role-playing game geek like me, this will appeal to the dungeoneer in you. Plenty of delving and mystery in this one!If you're a fan of the movie Prometheus, you'd do well to hark back to the origin of many of the movie's tropes. They are similar, at least on the surface: An impossibly old alien race creates life on earth for the purpose of enslaving it, yadda, yadda. If you hated the movie Prometheus [...]


    9. Here's the thing about Lovecraft: he doesn't write great stories. People love the whole mythos thing, and I don't blame them, because the Lovecraftian mythos is awesome. But I don't particularly enjoy actually reading Lovecraft because his actual stories simply aren't very good. In this novel, for example, the story is basically a framework for him to do some world building. There's no real plot, character development, or dramatic tension. Lovecraft is clearly more concerned with building a hist [...]


    10. “On the barren shore, and on the lofty ice barrier in the background, myriads of grotesque penguins squawked and flapped their fins”.Yep! We are in Lovecraft’s universe where even penguins are grotesque. I mean, whoever heard of an ugly penguin? At the Mountains of Madness is H.P. Lovecraft’s best known novel, not that difficult an accomplishment as he did not write that many (only this one and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward I believe. A wise decision because I find that his style is mu [...]


    11. Tediously painful. So much detail, so little action, and almost no emotion in the book. The first sentence of chapter 6 'It would be cumbrous to give a detailed, consecutive account of our wanderings inside that cavernous, aeon-dead honeycomb of primal masonry' Unfortunately the rest of the book described the cumbrous, detailed, consecutive account of their wonderings inside the cavernous, aeon-dead honeycomb of primal masonry. I found the writing too dry and dull. This is a summary of the whole [...]


    12. The first image that usually comes to my mind when someone mentions Antarctica is how beautiful it looks. White, Cold ice giants with funny penguins dancing around like happy feet!That was before I read this book.If you ask me now about South pole, I would probably answer you in a toneless voice and a daunting thousand-yard stare." It is a white, aeon-dead world which has shunned most of the living organisms, a nightmarish gateway to accursed ultimate abyss where stark unforgiving winds whisper [...]


    13. ' warning may be in vain'***4.5(view spoiler)[Image source (hide spoiler)]***I don't remember many details from the first time I read this. And, as some pointed out, there are many, many details in this story. I won't judge it for being too descriptive though. It is a good story. The narrator retrospectively tells a story of an unsuccessful scientific expedition to the South Pole in 1930s. He is one of the only two survivors; he breaks his silence to warn others and prevent any other expedition [...]


    14. Hombres idiotas, soberbios o curiosos masoquistas que en vez de quedarse en casa tomando mate, se van a la Antártida a cagarse de frío, volverse locos o morirse. Clásico.Vuelvo a corroborar la carga libidinal, desbordante, obsesiva de la descripción, que en Lovecraft es un don de estilo. Sus protagonistas casi siempre son hombres de razón instrumental, científicos o profesores, que llegado un momento de la narración afirman: “y sin embargo…”. Cualquier lector de Lovecraft sabe que c [...]


    15. I really wanted to love this book. I mean, it's Lovecraft - as a nerd and a fan of horror literature, I am practically required to love him. But instead, I was mostly just bored. Okay, scientific expedition runs into terrifying creatures in the Antarctic. I am totally behind this idea! But then, the entire middle portion of the book was just this self-indulgent description of his made-up alien race's entire existence on Earth, and it didn't even read well. It just sounded like his notes, maybe c [...]


    16. Lovecraft Illustrated Volume 6Contents:ix - Introduction by S. T. Joshi 003 - "At the Mountains of Madness" by H. P. Lovecraft 147 - "Frozen Horrors" by Pete Von Sholly 149- "In Amundsen s Tent" by John Martin Leahy 171 - "On In Amundsen s Tent" by John Martin Leahy by S. T. Joshi 175 - "The Occupant of the Tent" by Robert M. Price


    17. I have gradually become much wiser on the arctic. Extensive studies of the paleontology and geology of the area that we until now believed were only inhabited by penguins. I also know that it would be fatal to explore further if I would prefer to keep whatever sanity is left with me, a knowledge I will keep close to my heart and never stray from. I cannot let you in on these overwhelming discoveries, I cannot carry the responsibility of dissolving even small bits to you of what must remain hidde [...]


    18. Geologist William Dyer led an expedition to Antarctica which resulted in a tragic end to some members of the group. He's recounting their experiences in the hope of convincing other explorers to stay away from the dangerous area.Although this is a classic, I was underwhelmed by the short novel. Lovecraft spends most of the book with his world building, pages and pages of dry descriptions of strange life-forms and an ancient civilization. Archeologists would have taken years to interpret the carv [...]


    19. Ten percent of this book was an introduction to H.P. Lovecraft, a story that would cure insomnia (49 percent), thirty four percent which was about supernatural horror in literature, then a listing of all of Lovecraft's works with the last few pages devoted to links to something that I refuse to re-read.I really don't know what to say besides yawn. I wanted to be frightened, scared silly, not bored over and over again reading about an expedition to Antarctica where our narrator finds out about an [...]


    20. At the Mountains of Madness is a spine chilling story about an exploration team who travel to Antarctica to explore and collect various geological specimens. What they actually found was something far more mysterious and sinister. In this short novel, one of the most impressive elements is the exceptional quality of Lovecraft’s writing. What he lacks in character development and plot, he more than makes up for in imagery and mood. The obvious omission of dialogue enhances the experiences and s [...]


    21. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for this. Maybe it's this Christmas atmosphere that ruins the horror of anything that is fiction, I'm not sure. Maybe it's my state of mind mocking at neurotic xenophobic white men who think they're the pillars of civilization and order. Dunno. But horror it ain't, not for me, not today. Maybe for me when I was twelve?But. I did enjoy the story, I mean - the ideas, some of them at least, were interesting, I was curious as to where the whole thing was heading and [...]


    22. ah, the horror in mere descriptions. First the desolation of Antartica. The cave with the bodies of unknown creates. Missing equipment. Discovery. And when things seem to level mention the Necronomicon


    23. Gitarella al Polo Sud Forse la summa della poetica lovecraftiana, qui esplicata attraverso una lenta discesa in territori ininteleggibili che celano segreti innominabili nonché altre dimensioni in attesa di schiudersi davanti agli occhi dei pochi "fortunati".La prima parte soporifera lascia spazio a un'escalation di orrori che, sul finale, ridisegna gerarchie dimensionali e la stessa catena alimentare: l'orrore cosmico è servito.


    24. Either you dig Lovecraft or you don't. The guy had issues and his prose was the purplest, like most pulp writers of his time. But all American fantasy and horror written since the 1930s has been influenced by Lovecraft. Lovecraft himself was heavily influenced by others, of course, and At the Mountains of Madness, one of his most famous works, made explicit reference to Edgar Allen Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.This is a novella about a scientific expedition to Antarctica. The Antarct [...]


    25. This is the second book in a row I've read that uses the phrase "risky business". Definitely not a coincidence.


    26. At the Mountains of Madness is one of H.P. Lovecraft's longest stories, and one of the few not set in his trademark New England setting. I've often seen it mentioned as the definitive Lovecraft story, and the best introduction to his Cthulu mythos, but I don't agree - and will explain why shortly.At the Mountains of Madness is narrated by William Dyer, a geologist and professor at Arkham's Miskatonic University, in the form of a warning: Dyer writes down the account of an expedition to Antarctic [...]


    27. I could not help feeling that they were evil things-mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.My husband has always loved Lovecraft and tried to convince me to read him, so this was my first experience with Lovecraft's writings.For the most part I enjoyed it. It was a bit slow at the start, as Lovecraft puts such incredible detail into crafting his stories, including the longitude and latitude of the explorer's camps and the measurements of the mounta [...]


    28. Δεν θα γράψω πολλά γι αυτό το βιβλίο. Οι φαν του Lovecraft θα το λατρέψουν γιατί εξηγεί μέσα την ιστορία και την προέλευση πολλών πλασμάτων του κόσμου του.Οι υπόλοιποι που δεν έχουν επαφή με τον κόσμο του Lovecraft ας ξεκινήσουν από κάτι άλλο γιατί σίγουρα δεν θα το βρουν ενδιαφέρον, [...]


    29. I read/listened to this book for 2 reasons; the main one being it was readily available on Overdrive, the other reason was influenced by the WFA changing their "beloved" award bust.Since Lovecraft was a popular topic on the blogosphere over the past couple of days, I thought I'd revisit one of his books to see if I still didn't like his writing. I still didn't, but that had nothing to do with the WFA's decision. I just never liked Lovecraft. I don't find his flavor of horror that horrifying and [...]


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