March 3rd, 2014


Book Review: At the Mountains of Madness, by H. P. Lovecraft

The classic pulp horror tale of the Old Ones and the awful truth about penguins.

At the Mountains of Madness

Astounding Stories, 1936, 128 pages

A master of terror and nightmarish visions, H.P. Lovecraft solidified his place at the top of the horror genre with this macabre supernatural tale.

When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

Deliberately told and increasingly chilling, At the Mountains of Madness is a must-have for every fan of classic terror.

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Verdict: At the Mountains of Madness is a great classic tale of pulp horror and the origin of many tropes that have been repeated ever since. (Lovecraft did not actually invent most of these tropes, he just popularized them.) It will make you want to run a Call of Cthulhu adventure, and shudder when you watch Happy Feet.

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