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When Prof. William Dyer, a geologist from Miskatonic University, investigates an abandoned, hieroglyphed city forged with weird non-human geometry in the ice-wastes of Antarctica, he uncovers evidence of an ancient and cataclysmic war waged between races of malignant aliens: long before the advent of the human race, the Elder Ones battled for supremacy with the Star-spawn of Cthulhu, leaving behind a lurking protoplasm of unimaginable cosmic evil.At The Mountains Of Madness is a crucial work in Lovecraft''s Cthulhu Mythos, the author''s first interpretation of his occult paroxysms in science-fictional terms, dating dark entities back to the primordial aeons of the Earth''s existence.This new edition also includes Lovecraft''s two other major "science fantasy" stories: The Whisperer In Darkness and The Shadow Out Of Time, plus the related poem-cycle Fungi From Yuggoth, and a new introduction by DM Mitchell (editor, The Starry Wisdom).
H. P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived for almost all his life. When he was 7, his father died, after being institutionalized for madness related to, it is suspected, syphilis. Spending much of his childhood isolated due to poor health, Lovecraft used the time to read. After he dropped out of high school following a "nervous breakdown," he began to write short stories inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and others. Still living at home with his increasingly ill mother, Lovecraft found work as a freelance journalist for local papers, even working as an astrology columnist. In 1917 he became president of the United Amateur Press Association, a post he held again in 1923. By then, he had already written a handful of stories, but it wasn't until the early 1920s that his work took on a unifying form. In 1922 he began writing what would become the 60-odd stories that compile the Cthulhu Mythos. These stories feature an extremely cohesive, if tremendously complex, system of gods and monsters, and their interactions among themselves and with humans across a multitude of dimensions. From 1923 onwards, almost all of Lovecraft's short fiction appeared in Weird Tales, a pulp magazine where many of the future writers who came to emulate and idolize him first encountered his work. He married and moved to New York for two years before divorcing and returning to Providence in 1926. Inspired by his stories in Weird Tales, Lovecraft's many fans wrote to him and, as a result, he co-wrote stories with some of them. In 1931, his mother died in the same asylum as his father. Six years later, Lovecraft died of cancer. In 1939, one of his acquaintances, August Derleth, co-founded Arkham House, a publishing company dedicated to Lovecraft's works. The business didn't become successful until the mid-1940s, but it is largely through Arkham's efforts that Lovecraft--and, later, other authors--became widely known and respected.
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AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, originally written in 1931, is an exemplar of Lovecraft's unique storytelling: it deals with ancient evil, monsters from unknown realms, and extreme environments--all explicated by an intelligent, troubled narrator. Upon discovering that a scientific expedition to Antarctica is planned, Geologist William Dryer hopes to the trip by revealing the details he's kept secret for years of a similar expedition to the god-forsaken realm. He tells of mutant-like animals, violent encounters with gigantic prehistoric creatures, and the horrors of such a cold and dark place.
Presents the late author's science fiction works and one of his poems, including the story of a geologist's shocking discovery while investigating an abandoned city covered with hieroglyphs.