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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 untold ...more
Paperback, definitive, 186 pages
Published June 14th 2005 by Modern Library (first published February 1936)
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Jennifer
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1001-bymr, kindle
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'
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Ο Χ. Φ. Λάβκραφτ
είναι 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 υλιστικού χάους.

Ο κοσμικός τρόμος που απλώνεται στην αριστουργηματική γραφή του πηγάζει και εμπνέεται απο την ύπαρξη τεράτων-μορφών-άμορφων- θεών-προβολών- στο συνειδητά ασυνείδητο του ανθρώπου.

«Ζούμε σ ένα γαλήνιο νησί άγνοιας
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Stephen
ATMOM intro

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 la
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Pouting Always
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.


mark monday
A TRAGIC HOMECOMING

And 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.

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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. Stra
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J.G. Keely
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
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Jamie
Nov 06, 2008 rated it liked it
never before has such an exciting story been told in such a dull way.
Leonard Gaya
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At the end of his voyage, Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket reaches a strange land on the edge of the Antarctic, where people have black skin, red teeth, and where water flows more thickly and shows multicoloured veins running through. Shortly after, as Pym penetrates farther south into a chasm of increasingly warm water, a gigantic white figure appears before him. The story ends abruptly at this point. In At the Mountain of Madness, a scientific expedition ventures into the mountain ranges of the ...more
Bill  Kerwin

This long novella (perhaps longer than it should be) succeeds in large part because--no doubt due to Lovecraft's enthusiasm for the Antarctic explorers--its scenery is evocative, its descriptions etxraordinarily vivid.

At the Mountains of Madness has its literary fathers—Poe’s A. Gordon Pym, M.P. Sheil’s The Purple Cloud—but H.P.’s principal sources were the contemporaneous accounts of the expeditions themselves. Byrd’s was of course his immediate inspiration (Byrd returned in 1930, At the Mounta
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Lyn
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Forrest
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Joseph Pinchback
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 ...more
Jesse Dixon
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
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
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Alejandro
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
At the Mountain of Madness


COLD QUEST

This is a novella...

...this time focused in a Geology Professor from Miskatonic University, leading an expedition to the Antartica...

...where they will find the astonishing remnants of an ancient alien civilization,...

...which between many things there were some kind of sentient beings whom weren’t totally animal or totally plant but something disturbingly in between…

…oh, and don’t look back!!!



Apatt
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
“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 much mor
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Sr3yas
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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 whisp
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror

'...my warning may be in vain...'


***
4.5

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***

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 oth
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Erin
May 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
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Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 cuando lee est
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Jacob Overmark
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
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Connie
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
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Obsidian
Sep 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sean
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 shi
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Karl
Lovecraft Illustrated Volume 6

Contents:

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
Carmine
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-varietà
Gitarella al Polo Sud

"Tekeli-li, tekeli-li"

Forse la summa della poetica lovecraftiana, qui esplicata attraverso una lenta discesa in territori inintelligibile che celano segreti innominabili; dimensioni altre in attesa di schiudersi davanti agli occhi dei pochi "fortunati".
La prima parte, preparativa e oggettivamente un po' soporifera per la ridondanza narrativa, è propedeutica per la scoperta degli Antichi - affrontati dal pazzo Abdul Alhazred nel famigerato Necronomicon - e l'annessa catena
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David
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Antarctic explorers, Old Ones, people who like "Happy Feet"
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
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Joseph
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
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
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Jason Koivu
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
This is the second book in a row I've read that uses the phrase "risky business". Definitely not a coincidence.
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Maciek
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
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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
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“I could not help feeling that they were evil things-- mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss. That seething , half-luminous cloud-background held ineffable suggestions of a vague, ethereal beyondness far more than terrestrially spatial; and gave appalling reminders of the utter remoteness, separateness, desolation, and aeon-long death of this untrodden and unfathomed austral world.” 33 likes
“Would to Heaven we had never approached them at all, but had run back at top speed out of that blasphemous tunnel with the greasily smooth floors and the degenerate murals aping and mocking the things they had superseded-run back, before we had seen what we did see, and before our minds were burned with something which will never let us breathe easily again!” 7 likes
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