At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition (Modern by H. P. Lovecraft PDF
By H. P. Lovecraft
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Long stated as a grasp of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft demonstrated the genuineness and dignity of his personal pioneering fiction in 1931 along with his critical paintings of supernatural horror, on the Mountains of insanity. The intentionally instructed and more and more chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries–and their come upon with untold risk within the ruins of a misplaced civilization–is a milestone of macabre literature.
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Lovecraft, too, sees the awesome as immanent in the quotidian, but there is little ecstasy here: his is a bad numinous. The wonder and dread are achieved by his career-long depiction of an indifferent universe in which humans are, at most, inquisitive grubs, powerless next to the pantheon of monstrous deities: Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, and their kin. In Mountains, it is somewhat less godlike creatures—the Old Ones—whose remains have been found beneath the ice. Next to those other behemoth powers, even the Old Ones are pygmies, although they are still effortlessly able to dispatch humans.
Like weird fiction itself, Spengler’s portentous vision was a scar caused by the wound of early twentieth-century cataclysms. His worldview was enormously influential. Hitler was an admirer, as were the right-wing theorist Julius Evola and the wack-job high priest of American “intellectual” fascism, Francis Parker Yockey. But Spengler’s model had a wider cultural impact. Relatively mainstream figures such as the historian Arnold Toynbee and the writers Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller drew upon his ideas.
The organic things inhabiting that awful cesspool could not . . be call’d human. They were monstrous and nebulous adumbrations of the pithecanthropoid and amoebal . . slithering and oozing . . in a fashion suggestive of nothing but infesting worms or deep-sea unnamabilities . . ” 20 Out of what but precisely such Cyclopean vats could the Shoggoths be fashioned? The Shoggoth is a hysterically hallucinated coagulum of the victorious insurgent masses. It is one of Lovecraft’s most astonishing creations, and is nothing less than the pulp-artistic pinnacle of class terror.
At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition (Modern Library Classics) by H. P. Lovecraft