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At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Exemplary of Lovecraft's craft

    Simply put: the tone, the imagery, the setting, the theme, and the climax are prime examples of the spectral horror genre that Lovecraft wrote for. And yet the characters exist as faceless voiceless archetypes of the male scholar, who get caught in extraterrestrial terror. The style may be archaic, the pace may be crawling, but it all only contributes to the way Lovecraft's horror works, a slow gnawing seed of knowledge is planted in the reader and slowly cultivated as the narrator himself is lead to terrible realisation. Anyone not interested in reading the ins and outs of Lovecraft's short fiction should give this a read as it is a perfect example of the bulk of his work.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    The way a story should be told.

    this story was amazing! Lovecraft gradually reels the reader in with his carefully crafted plot. his description of the creatures and their history is a truly incredible feat of imagination. this novella reminded me of many of the sci-fi films i've seen, more specifically, Aliens. it is safe to conclude that many sci-fi and horror films were defintitely influenced by this classic tale. Lovecraft leaves much up to the imagination of the reader. this is not a great horror story, this is a great story. the way a story should be told.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    THE definative edition that MUST be read!!!

    I am a self-appointed Lovecraft scholar who does not claim to know everything about the man and his writings. What I do know--which is quite a bit--about Lovecraft is he is one of the most important writers of the horror genre to ever grace our world with his beautifully twisted imagination. Therefore, if you are going to read his works, this edition of 'At the Mountains of Madness' is THE most correct text in paperback form. The publishers have taken great care to reproduce the actual text from the hardcover Arkham edition (my copy was stolen). Not only do you get the version Lovecraft intended, you also get a great essay on the author's work by another phenominal, phatasmagorical, underground literary cult writer, China Mieville. His essay reveals a lot about Lovecraft's style and what his works mean to literature--great stuff! If you've never read Lovecraft, this is a good book to start the mythos ball rolling. Highly recommended. Also, it is important to remember that the fabled, forbidden book, The Necronomicon, is a fictious book from Lovecraft's nightmares and imagination--DO NOT LET ANYONE OR ANY BOOK TELL YOU DIFFERENT! I don't doubt there are important, forbidden tomes of Black Magic out there in the undiscovered, ancient world, but The Necronomicon is NOT one of them.

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