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At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels

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• A Note on the Texts • essay by S. T. Joshi
• Introduction: A Mythos in His Own Image
1.At the Mountains of Madness
2.The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
3.The Shunned House
4.The Dreams in the Witch House
5.The Statement of Randolph Carter
6.The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
7.The Silver Key
8.Through the Gates of the Silver Key

Cover Illustration: Raymond Bayless
Hardcover, Fifth Arkham Printing, 458 pages
Published December 1st 1985 by Arkham House Publishers
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20/08 - I've just finished the first short story in this anthology, At the Mountains of Madness. I've previously read an anthology of Lovecraftian short stories, but nothing by the man himself. The first thing I want to say is that, other than having starfish shaped heads, I have no idea what the alien entities, the old ones, are supposed to have looked like. Lovecraft's description of all their different body parts and their dimensions went completely over my head and left me wishing for a pict ...more
Dec 09, 2010 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,
Apr 02, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Michael Battaglia
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Continuing Arkham House's valiant attempt to collect every scrap of fiction Lovecraft ever committed to paper (in some cases not having any original manuscripts to work from and thus forced to use the text from whatever pulp magazine published it), the second volume of three contains pretty much all the long stuff, with the story count about a quarter of what the first volume was but still like fifty pages longer. Three of the stories clock in over a hundred pages, which raises the question that ...more
Kerstin (under_moonlit_skies)
This book contains seven of Lovecrafts short stories. It was my first taste of his work and I have to say it really freaked me out.
The title story was probably my favorite and described a team on an arctic exhibition discovering more than they bargained for, when they find a bunch of seemingly dead creatures never seen before.
The scariest of the stories was "The Dreams in the Witch-House". That really creeped me out;even though the protagonist could have most likely escaped his fate if he would
Chris Hawks
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I checked this out from the library to get a taste of Lovecraft. It's an okay collection, spoiled mainly by the final four Randolph Carter stories--to be fair, the last story, Through the Gates of the Golden Key, isn't bad, but The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is so dreadfully dull that I took a pause in the middle of it to read another book for a month.

The first four stories, however, are great. And of those, the first two, At the Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward are ou
Walt O'Hara
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Lovecraft has a certain stylistic panache. I don't think I've ever encountered adjectives quite like the ones he managed to come up with with any other writer. HPL blows hot and cold with me. The man clearly had a unique voice and an amazing imagination, but every once in a while you get the sensation he's writing for a paycheck. In this particular collection, there are some gems- The titular story about discoveries in the Antarctic, the Case of Charles Dexter Ward and one or two others. What HP ...more
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Three truly impressive novellas are collected in this volume, the titular one soon to be a film by Guillermo Del Toro: "At the Mountains of Madness," a piece of horror-SF that's influence has been felt in everything from Michael Chabon's "Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay" to "Alien vs. Predator". "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" is perhaps overly long, but the Dr. Willett's subterranean journey is worth the read alone. Finally, "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" is a spellbinding literar ...more
Chris Matney
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
It has been decades since I read this book originally. It is a wonderful introduction to the Lovecraft canon. The first five tales including At The Mountains of Madness, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and The Shunned House hooked me years ago, and they still work their magic today. The writing is wonderfully lyric, dark and luscious. It is a book that I can fall into for hours. I am not a fan of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, although I can appreciate Lovecraft's intended effect. For some ...more
I do believe we've read everything we're going to read in this, so I'm shuffling it along to the "read" shelf. (Unlike the Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, I'm just going to go ahead and take fellow Society members' word that the last two suck.) I really have no idea what to rate this - I know I found things to amuse me in most stories (yes, surely?) but overall it would probably be stretching it to say I actually liked them. I mean, I can barely recall any of the details. So, I guess in this case ...more
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
If you enjoy H.P. Lovecraft's stories, you'll love the Arkham House editions - they really add something to the presentation and experience. As long as you are willing to put up with Lovecraft's occasionally over-wrought prose and repetitions, it's a wonderfully fun "pulp horror" thrill. This volume contains Lovecraft's short novel (the title story) and my second-favorite of all his short stories, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward."
the Skrauss
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Glorious. Particularly terrifying is his short story "The Dream of the Witch House." Lovecraft's space gods seem somehow more evil than simple regular gods and demons.

The story "At the Mountains of Madness," ends with a terrifying escape in the air over antarctic mountains and the co-pilot screaming himself insane. Great macabre investigation into the mystery of the prehistoy of planet earth.
I read the kindle book, without the other novels.

Some of the Old Ones are wakened. They annihilate the antarctic explorers who woke them and try to go home after a 500 million year nap or so. Their old slaves, the shoggoths, are waiting. And are they ever hungry.
Rip Van Winkle squared. & sort of a cautionary tale about poking around in things that are none of our business.
Classic. The style is very. . . dull and dense. My favorites were The Shunned House and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Imagine a textbook from the 1920's. Now insert dreamscapes and Elder Gods. Bam, Lovecraft.

Required reading for horror/fantasy aficionados and not much anyone else.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed the book though some of the dreamcycle stories dragged on a little long for me. May have enjoyed them better if I had read the book straight through instead of as stories between other books I was reading at the same time.
Ricky Orr
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
This stories in this book were interesting, but difficult to read and hard to follow. Although written in the 1920s and early 1930s, Lovecraft's style of writing reminded me of books written years earlier.
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Rated 5 stars primarily due to the novella "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", which is one of my favorite pieces by Lovecraft.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraft's writing is something of a chore to enjoy.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The most deceptive cover in the history of publishing, but a very nice intro to Lovecraftian novels.
Nancy Wagner
Aug 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read that Guillermo del Toro is planning to make a movie of it and it got me interested. I have read very little of HP Lovecraft, not sure why not.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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