At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

In the icy depths of Antarctica, an intrepid team of explorers uncovers ancient horrors that defy imagination. As they delve deeper into the mysteries of the icebound mountains, they find themselves entangled in a desperate struggle for survival against unspeakable cosmic forces. Lovecraftian nightmares come to life in ‘At the Mountains of Madness,’ a chilling tale of exploration, madness, and the unrelenting terrors lurking within the frozen wastelands.

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How Did H.P. Lovecraft Feel About At the Mountains of Madness?

Reportedly, H.P. Lovecraft was proud of “At the Mountains of Madness” and considered it to be one of his best works.

In a letter to fellow writer Clark Ashton Smith, Lovecraft described the novella as:

"a thing of stupendous and unthinkable cosmic horror, and it actually breathes and bubbles with a genuine unearthly life."

Lovecraft also believed that the story demonstrated a mastery of his craft, writing to his friend and protégé Robert Bloch saying:

"I can't imagine anything finer than [At the Mountains of Madness] in the way of cosmic horror."

Lovecraft did express some dissatisfaction with certain aspects of the story feeling that the ending was too abrupt and that the character of Danforth was not fully developed.

In a letter to August Derleth, Lovecraft wrote that he regretted not being able to “sharpen up” the ending of the story, and that he had intended to give Danforth more depth but hadn’t had enough time.

Overall, though, Lovecraft considered “At the Mountains of Madness” to be a major achievement, and one of his most important works.