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At the Mountains of Madness [novella] (1936)

by H. P. Lovecraft

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The only audio edition of At the Mountains of Madness authorized by the H. P. Lovecraft Estate!

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.… (more)

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    The Terror by Dan Simmons (MarcusH)
    MarcusH: H.P. Lovecraft's novella calls about the desolation of the Antarctic to create a sense of terror in the reader. Simmons' novel also calls upon the desolation of the Arctic to create a similar sense of suspense. Simmons' novel is much lengthier and does not rely on fantasy as Lovecraft does. The Terror is more horror, but it still shares the great tradition of suspense with Lovecraft's writing.… (more)
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    The People of the Pit {story} by Abraham Merritt (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: An important (albeit somewhat lightweight) precursor to the classic Lovecraft tale.
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    Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood by Algernon Blackwood (ocgreg34)
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    The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis [short story] by Clark Ashton Smith (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Smith's tale seems to have been at least partly inspired by his friend Lovecraft's novel, which he read in manuscript before it was published.
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Honestly, this is probably Lovecraft's best story. It proves that he could, in fact, write quality cosmic horror when he didn't fall back on bigotry. I love love love the Antarctic setting and the scientific tone of the piece, and how we basically get a tour or tasting menu of the whole weird world. I would pretty much recommend this to anyone unqualified, which I can't say about basically any other of his work. ( )
  ParenthesisEnjoyer | Dec 11, 2023 |
Narrative style looking back over the events of a party exploring a remote area of Antartica. Clever writing building up the suspense but ends a bit flat when compared to modern stories. ( )
  SteveMcI | Nov 22, 2023 |
One of the most complete feeling Lovecraft stories, but still falls into the trap of being a post-event narration which although a common contemporary format to Lovecraft, serves to diffuse most of the tension of the story itself. The cosmic horror is supposed to come from the revelations of powerful forces beyond our comprehension hiding beneath a thin veil of ignorance, ready to reclaim the earth and level mankind's petty accomplishments. Unfortunately for the horror, the eldritch horror at the core of this story is sympathetic, and even the narrator points this out. ( )
  A.Godhelm | Oct 20, 2023 |
Reading this as part of [b:The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft|11851522|The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft|H.P. Lovecraft|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327886768s/11851522.jpg|16807494]

Lovecraft's style of horror, at least in this novella, is not to my tastes. I didn't find it scary or that horrifying but rather somewhat dull. There was too much "it was so horrible I can't bring myself to say..." so that the big reveal came more as a yawn than a shriek.

I bet that a pretty scary film could be made from this though! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
Troço assustador demais!!!
Crítica | Nas Montanhas da Loucura, de H. P. Lovecraft: https://www.planocritico.com/critica-nas-montanhas-da-loucura-de-h-p-lovecraft/ ( )
  lulusantiago | Mar 11, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
H. P. Lovecraftprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baranger, FrançoisIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Derleth, AugustEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fischer, A. F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hermstein, RudolfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herrmann, EdwardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmes, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Joshi, S. T.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turner, JamesIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wuerz. TimoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Fiction. Horror. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

The only audio edition of At the Mountains of Madness authorized by the H. P. Lovecraft Estate!

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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