Wednesday, 22 January 2014

This Is Why Lovecraft Is One Of The Best

I am ashamed to say that this was my first foray into the world of Mr Lovecraft. Was I impressed? The answer is very much so. There is something about books from this era I love and At the Mountain of Madness is shining example of this. The English language as an art form is here for all to see. Lovecraft paints a vivid and frightening picture that sill gets ones heart pumping. In today’s modern world where language is changing to fit our fast and busy lifestyle it is good to hear words long out of favour and use.

This book has opened up Lovecraft's world to me and I intend to visit it again soon and often. So take some time out from the rat race and delve into this classic.

5 Stars

About the Author:

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.

Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

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