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This definitive edition of H. P. Lovecraft's 1931 masterwork At the Mountains of Madness -- published for the first time ever in paperback -- includes the novel that has been called one of the greatest horror stories in the English language, as well as Lovecraft's groundbreaking essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature" and an illuminating introduction by China Miéville.
When a group of scholars from Miskatonic University travel to the Antarctic on a geological expedition, they stumble across the discovery of the century: Hidden by a towering mountain range and buried beneath the icy wasteland are the remains of a vast, alien city hundreds of millions of years old. After unearthing strange bodies that appear to be both plant and animal, most of the men and sledge dogs are brutally and mysteriously eviscerated. The two remaining researchers decide to forge ahead and explore the subterranean city before departing. What they find deep in the worming catacombs will forever change their view of humankind's place in the cosmos…
Lovecraft writes in his essay on horror in literature: "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." That all-paralyzing, insanity-inducing fear of the unfamiliar is no better exemplified than in his classic story about the ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic. At the Mountains of Madness is a must-read if there ever was one -- by an author whose work Clive Barker describes as "one of the cornerstones of modern horror." Paul Goat Allen