Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror” as Want to Read:
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview
Read Book

At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  18,719 ratings  ·  507 reviews
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 January 1st 1931)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
mark monday
great collection.

3 stars for "The Statement of Randolph Carter"

a fun, brief shaggy dog story with a pretty famous last line. moral of the tale: don't go looking for kicks inside of tombs. duh!

3 stars for "The Shunned House"

Lovecraft at his most Lovecraft. displays his strengths and weaknesses equally. a whole lot of tell and not a lot of show... but the "history" recounted in the story was really absorbing to me. I love History as Horror. a whole lot of florid prose and hysterical emotions... a
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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!"

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
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.
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.
"Here sprawled a palaeogean megalopolis compared with which the fabled Atlantis and Lemuria, Com
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Theo Rogers
"Genius" is one of those terms that has been over-used to the point where its real meaning is almost lost to us. Almost, but not quite. Because in all candor, what we have here is the genuine article.

As with any work of literary genius, Lovecraft's writing cannot really be analyzed merely by breaking it down into its component parts. But if I may be allowed to simplify in interests of writing a relatively straightforward review, it might be said that I accord Lovecraft this status on two grounds
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
Jul 08, 2008 Hava rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
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
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
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
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
Justin Hall
Reading old horror is hard to do. I am mostly desensitized to most things violent and horrific. But I will point out that this collection of terrifying Tales could have been especially haunting if I was reading them in their time of creation. I read At the Mountains of Madness so I could better enjoy the graphic novel I purchased a few years back. Like reading a book before seeing a movie I thought it would behoove me to read the novel before the comic version and I here tell there is a movie fo ...more
Wayland Smith
If you're at all interested in horror, you really need to read Lovecraft. He put together so many ideas that many writers continue to use. At the Mountains of Madness is one of his best works.

An expedition to the Antarctic suffers mysterious losses, and the expedition leader goes to find out what happened to one of the scouting teams. He finds signs of ancient civilization and so much more. The past isn't always gone, and, cliche as it is, there are some things Mortal Man was not meant to know.
Not the best of Lovecrat's tales. Quite boring and little interesting.
Коста  Сивов

- Планините на безумието / At The Mountains Of Madness (1936)
- От отвъдното / From Beyond (1934)
- Леден полъх / Cool Air (1928)
- Амулетът / The Hound (1924)
- Музиката на Ерих Цан / The Music Of Erich Zann (1922)
- Кошмарът в Ред Хук / The Horror At Red Hook (1927)
- Сянка отвъд времето / The Shadow Out Of Time (1936)

Едва ли има почитател на хорър литературата, който да не знае кой е Хауърд Филипс Лъвкрафт. Американецът е оставил толкова ярка следа в изкуството, че и до днес се издават к
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Shadows over Innsmouth
  • Call of Cthulhu: Horror Roleplaying in the Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft (call of cthulhu)
  • Cthulhu: The Mythos and Kindred Horrors
  • The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana: A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror
  • New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
  • A Rendezvous in Averoigne
  • Lovecraft Unbound
  • Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror
  • The Mask of Cthulhu
  • Cthulhu 2000
  • The Taint and Other Novellas (Cthulhu Collection)
  • Grimscribe: His Lives and Works
  • Dark Gods
  • The Nyarlathotep Cycle: The God of a Thousand Forms
  • The Three Impostors and Other Stories
  • The House on the Borderland
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
More about H.P. Lovecraft...

Share This Book

“I could not help feeling that they were evil things -- mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.
“It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth's dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be left alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests.” 17 likes
More quotes…