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At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror (H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus)

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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 184 pages
Published September 13th 1991 by Del Rey (first published 1939)
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Michael
I just don't know what to say about Lovecraft. It's all good spooky fun, but... he really isn't a good writer. He's very repetitive, and tends to fall back on the trick of "this is the memoir of stuffy and stilted layman, so that's why it's badly written." Also there's way too much "ZOMG! It was so terrifying to behold that words cannot describe it!" "It was like that indescribable utterly terrifying thing that you are utterly terrified of but can't describe because it's so utterly terrifying!"

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Mike (the Paladin)
I've read several collections of Lovecraft. Often I've read the same story as he was mortal and had to stop writing at his death...though if anyone might have continued on it would probably have been H. P. Lovecraft or Poe.

Oddly (I suppose) I'm not a "died in the wool" horror fan, but something about Lovecraft and his original twist on "it" (which has been copied often since) caught my interest. I've since looked up books Lovecraft himself listed as influences and read many of his "pulp era" pe...more
Lou
Lovecraft is a writer highly skilled in imagination, intelligence and words. This is not for me a scary story but how can I describe it but a cerebal adventure of unknown worlds and creation. I find when I read his work I always have to take note of words to look up in a dictionary. The story explains about an area that has been discovered and this is the account of the discovery and findings.
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"Here sprawled a palaeogean megalopolis compared with which the fabled Atlantis and Lemuria, Com
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
A geologist and his team of scientists went to an expedition at the antarctic and found something evil and sinister there. Later, a another group is set to go there on another expedition so the geologist, concerned about their safety, decides to now fully reveal what they know about the place.

I have not read much horror novels, and those which I had read failed to horrify me. This is not an exception. I couldn't even get a single nightmare out of it. Lovecraft, however, was very good at his craf...more
Cat
Aug 21, 2007 Cat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Can't get enough of those non-Euclidean horrors. At the Mountain of Madness is about Arctic explorers discovering a huge abandoned alien city. The descriptions of the Elder Ones makes me think I could create an realistic illustration, by drawing on starfish, anemones, urchins and clams for body parts. Anyhoo, a great story of majestic terror.
The Shunned House is basically about a vampiric house, although I must give it props for the good sense to include a flame thrower, even though it didn't wo...more
Greg
Oct 29, 2007 Greg rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
I really wanted to like this more. The style of writing I couldn't get over though, and his roundabout way of getting to any of the 'horror' was more painful to me than what would befall the characters in these stories. That said I did really like the ideas in the stories though, but again the writing killed it for me, especially all the superlatives that would be added before even the smallest detail of horror was given.
Lauren
H.P. Lovecraft's Achilles heel is dialogue, no doubt. However, At The Mountains of Madness has none, and therefore is simply page after page of what Lovecraft does best: narrate. At the Mountains of Madness is easily one of the most terrifying books I've ever read... and that's saying a lot.

It starts out rather sluggish, with Dyer's descriptions of what technology is being taken on their expedition and what the weather is like and at what longitudes and lattitudes they're stopping bogging down a...more
Greg
Nov 21, 2011 Greg is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As At the mountains of madness is an anthology of short novels by H. P. Lovecraft, and I’m only reading each novel in between other books, I thought I would write a composite review in a piecemeal fashion. That is, I would write a review of each of the novels in the anthology in the order I read them and this means that this review won’t be completed for months or maybe even a year!

The first novel I read in this anthology (in July 2011) is The case of Charles Dexter Ward, which is a tale that,...more
Anna
This was my first time reading anything by Lovecraft. One of the most interesting things about the experience is the realization of the influence of his work - from tiny things like Arkham Asylum taking its name from Lovecraft's fictional city of Arkham, to the omnipresence of Lovecraft's character Cthulu as a cultural reference.
I chose this book because I was curious about the title story, which Guillermo del Toro was at one point planning to adapt into a movie. And now having read it, I'd lik...more
Hava Buchanan
Are scary stories more effective when they are read in the dark? Reading this book certainly made me think so. I spent most of my time reading this book's 120-odd pages in broad daylight. Not the scariest setting for a scary book. Maybe that's why I was kind of dissapointed with it.

This being my first H.P. Lovecraft venture, I didn't know what to expect. The first story, "At The Mountains of Madness" is more of a short novel. It deals with a crew of men who go to the Antartic to study the wildne...more
Kathryn
I had to look up some points after reading this. I am very happy that I started with this book instead of jumping into any other of Lovecraft’s works. “The Statement of Randolph Carter” was frightening and the ending was almost comical. I guess this is part of the authors dream cycle that I plan to read.
I also loved reading “The Shunned House”, especially the history of the house. “Dreams in the Witch-House” was fascinating and probably the most frightening of the short stories but it was the t...more
Joe
Sep 16, 2007 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovecraft fans, horror fans
Shelves: 2007
This book contains the novelette "At the Mountains of Madness", a lonely, creepy work where the Shoggoths dwell. The accompanying short stories are worthwhile as well.

I like Lovecraft's work, but "At the Mountains of Madness" was sometimes too heavy on the description of the surroundings in too much of a mathematical sense. A sketch or two would suffice occasionally.

Having said that, Lovecraft is about the slow horror and the reader's imagination, so it doesn't always lend itself to light readin...more
Derrick
At The Mountains of Madness. The book was good. It wasn't really what I would consider scary although once the book was started it did keep me flipping the pages very quickly. I found the scientific writing style was very cold and seemed distant to me. It was easy to understand and made it much more believable. It did make it difficult to be involved. Lastly, for a short story it took a long time to build up to the horror part of the story. I was nearly halfway through the book and only the last...more
Бранимир Събев
Пазете се! На пазара вече се издигат "Планините на Безумието" - мрачни, зловещи, плод на гениално-болен мозък, по-страховити от каквото и да било. Или - новата книга на Лъвкрафт на български, която достига до вас благодарение на нейния преводач и съставител Адриан Лазаровски и, разбира се - издателство Ентусиаст.

Корицата отново е дело на Виктор Паунов и подобно на "Некрономикон" се връзва идеално с тематиката на книгата и стила на Лъвкрафт. Преводът е ошлайфан на макс, Адриан е работил зверски н...more
S.
Ach, what to say. Pure poetry, this.

My first introduction to Lovecraft was through a Dutch translation.
I was staying at a girlfriends' house and this strange slim paperback with a dark grey cover and black lettering caught my eye.
I was about twelve and completely unprepared for the contents, I'd never read anything like it before.

So far, the narrative set-up to produce false 'scientific' documents to kick off a story had eluded me, having read mostly straightforward children's books. So when I r...more
Chad Bearden
Having read Arthur Machen and Stephen King and Mike Mignola's 'Hellboy' and 'B.P.R.D.' sagas, I feel like I know plenty about the cthonic mythology created by H.P. Lovecraft. But its worth noting that I've never actually read any actual Lovecraft. This slim collection, which contains the well-known title story, proves to be a serviceable, if not thorough, introduction to the horror author.

I think if there were a primary complaint about this work, it is the stories that were chosen for this slim...more
Erica
May 03, 2012 Erica added it

At The Mountains of Madness:
At the beginning of the story there was a lot of technical geological detail. I found it very in keeping with the characters because as scientists it is the way that they would describe what they were experiencing. As I have studied geology it did help me to picture the landscape, though I can see that for someone who had no idea what those terms meant, it would bog down the story. Once they discovered the 'city' I expected it to turn into a slasher fest, and was pl...more
Abraham
H.P. Lovecraft At the Mountains of Madness (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Plot:

A complete short novel, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is a tale of terror unlike 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. Also 10 other tales of horror, entities, ghouls, time travel, and many other weird plots.

My Review and Thoughts:

This is one...more
Andrea Blythe
I was not thrilled with "At the Mountains of Madness." The story of an Antarctic expedition that discovers a madness-inducing mountain with horrifying creatures was overwrought. I mean, how many pages do you really need to describe the strange (and again with the madness-inducing) architecture. The story could have done with some serious cutting of redundant paragraphs. But it wasn't entirely without merit and had some moments, where the action moved at enough of a pace to keep me reading.

The s...more
Tim
This collection of four macabre H.P. Lovecraft tales is dominated by the title story, a novella about a rather startling discovery in the Antarctic. Leading off the collection, "At the Mountains of Madness" concerns a group of polar explorers boring into rock and ice for scientific samples but discovering relics of the Earth's past best left alone. The narrator is not present for the amazing discovery of a group of tentacled things with starfish-y and other grotesque aspects. When he loses conta...more
Eric
Pendant des années on m'a conseillé de lire du Lovecraft. J'ai fini par céder et j'ai acheté les trois tomes de la série Omnibus, laquelle se veut un rassemblement de l'ensemble des écrits de cet auteur. Mon impression générale après la lecture du premier tome est à peu près la même qu'en lisant du Stephen King: imagination débridée, idées qui me plaisent énormément, mais un traitement qui me laisse sur ma faim, et qui surtout ne me fait pas vivre d'émotions particulières. Dans ces histoires, il...more
Elizabeth
I think if I had started reading Lovecraft when I was younger I would have enjoyed him alot more. Maybe my problem Is that I'm not as easly scared as I used to be. The stories in this book were creepy and spooky,but definatly not scary, not in the way Stephen King is.
Lovecrafts style seems more subtle. He doesnt rely on the guts and gore that other horror authers seem to do.
The first story in the book,wich happens to be the title story,was more science fiction then horror. I still enjoyed it a...more
Mick Bordet
Although I have read some Mythos stories, it has taken me a while to actually dive into anything penned by Lovecraft himself. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, but other than the rather meandering "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", I found all these longer stories to be engaging and still, for the most part, quite chilling. "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" was the highlight of the book for me; a dark character piece with a few unexpected turns and genuinely creepy moments. "At...more
Kayla Rose
I can't say this is one of my favorite things I've ever read. I skipped whole sections that were talking about rocks and drills in the beginning, and toward the end I started skipping whole sections because they were referencing things I had no knowledge of whatsoever.

The creepiness picked up about 80% of the way through, but when they were talking about the history of the Old Ones, I have no idea how they would have discerned all of that from sculpture, and then when they were running from the...more
Peter
This book collects 7 novels and novella's written by Hp lovecraft. I read all these between other books over a very long period. I just finished the last story in here. Most of these are part of his chuthullu mythos. All the stories were at least enjoyable, and some of them like "at the mountains of madness" or "dreamquest in unknown kaddath" are very good.

The language is very difficult at times but the way the language is used provokes a very chilling effect at times. In the pacing and the cha...more
Shel
For writers: an example of a highly imitable style, very little dialogue, and the use of many adverbs and adjectives.

Prepare for: grotesque penguins, insane graves, monstrous mounds, alien exoticism, viscous agglutinations, opalescent haze, igneous manifestations, cryptical darkness, blasphemous tunnels, austral worlds, and degenerate murals

Pairs well with: Edgar Allen Poe's Arthur Gordon Pym and Victoria Nelson's The Secret Life of Puppets

Quotes:

"Perhaps we were mad - for have I not said those...more
Chris
I both loved and hated this book. Ultimately it suffers from the shortcoming that shackles most Lovecraft - a great premise, lots of atmosphere, page after page of anticipation . . . and then the giant albino penguins show up cawing "Tekeli-li," and you start giggling. I'm sorry, but I do. The problem with writing about antedeluvian horrors that man cannot understand is that, when you try to describe them to man, they are, inevitably, underwhelming. Chine Mieville's introduction to the Everyman...more
Katelis Viglas
Provokes vertiginous terror, as it describes in details the discovery of an alien civilization in the middle of antarctic coldness. It continues a tradition of antarctic novels, from Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nanducket", till Jules Verne's "The sphinx of the Ice Fields". Even today feeds the conversation about the Hollow Earth Theory.
I tried to imagine how abysmal the specific alien civilization would be, if existed. The uncanny feeling provoked by all those strange archaeolo...more
Cataline
An avid reader of all of H.P. Lovecraft's works--this was a re-read for me. There are not many books or authors that intrigue me enough to give them second glances, however, H.P. Lovecraft has his way with words. This book is a compilation of different short stories to enthrall your mind and peak your senses...once in a while you may feel the need to sneak a peak behind your shoulder or even feel the tiny hairs on your neck stand at attention through the chilling and sometimes terrifying plots o...more
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