Friday, May 04, 2018

The Lovecaftian Thing a Day (2018) No.124: At the Mountains of Madness

I consider At the Mountains of Madness to be Lovecraft’s prose masterwork (although I’m undecided as yet as to whether it edges out The Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle as Lovecraft’s highest literary achievement), and one of the greatest horror tales of all time. Given that this is the 85th year since its writing, for the next few days, I will be presenting a few AtMoM themed posts in celebration of the fact.

Today’s offering is Richard Coyle’s reading of the novella (and which was originally aired on BBC Radio in five parts); whilst an abridged version, it remains one of my favourite renditions of the tale: Coyle’s voice work effectively builds a sense of looming dread, and the background music effectively develops on Lovecraft’s powerful engagement with landscape and environment in the original work to evoke an appropriately chilling mood of boreal horror. Nice.

Richard Coyle’s audiobook of At the Mountains of Madness can be purchased for download from Amazon, as well as from here.

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