Saturday, June 18, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.170: The Antaktos Cycle
In 1999 Chaosium released Beyond the Mountains of Madness: an epic campaign for The Call of Cthulhu rpg, which I consider to be something of a flawed masterpiece. Accompanying this as part of their fiction line, Chaosium also published The Antarktos Cycle - edited by Robert M. Price and what I believe to be the first themed collectio themed around Lovecaft's original tale of Antarctic horror (confusingly, a more recent themed volume has been released, also edited by Robert M. Price, and also entitled Beyond the Mountains of Madness). In many respects, Lovecaft's At the Mountains of Madness represents something of a capstone to the Cthulhu Mythos, as well as being my favourite of his stories - indeed, I consider it to be one of the greatest tales of cosmic horror. As such, I'm typically drawn to anything that references AtMoM, although in truth The Antarktos Cycle is somewhat variable in the quality of its contents, and occasionally the selections feel strained in terms of their link to Lovecraft's original tale; even so, if you are a fan of Lovevraft's masterwork, then this volume is worth perusing.