From Goodreads: A complete short novel, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is a tale of terror unlike any other. The Barren, windswept interior of the Antarctic plateau was lifeless–or so the expedition from Miskatonic University thought. Then they found the strange fossils of unheard-of creatures…and the carved stones tens of millions of years old…and, finally, the mind-blasting terror of the City of the Old Ones. Three additional strange tales, written as only H.P. Lovecraft can write, are also included in this macabre collection of the strange and the weird
So it’s Halloween and I thought I would write a post about one of my favourite newly discovered authors, H.P Lovecraft. This is the first of three omnibuses of his work and it consists of a group of longer short stories (bar one). My favourite in the collection was ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’ because it was creepy and awesome at the same time. At the Mountains of Madness is also really good and it sends a shiver down your spine for sure. I thought the book was very enchanting and Lovecraft’s prose is amazing to read – it is simple yet elegant. If you are looking for something to read this Halloween I would give H.P. Lovecraft a try because you won’t regret it.
Interview with the Vampire follows the story of Louis, a vampire made in the nineteenth century by the vampire Lestat in New Orleans. It begins the series known as the Vampire Chronicles. Interview with the Vampire is a very enchanting book. You get sucked in (no pun intended) from the very start by Rice’s fantastic prose and world building.
One of the things that I love about this book is the atmosphere. It is dark as expected (it is about vampires) but it also seems to capture the essence of America and New Orleans. If you read this book you will probably want to visit the place because the book really just makes you want to.
An interesting twist in this book from the normal vampire spiel, is the story of Claudia, a vampire made when she was five years old. She is Louis daughter/best friend and as she gets older as a reader you really feel her pain, of being an adult trapped inside a child’s body for eternity.
The ending is fabulous. I don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t say much, but it does leave you feeling for Louis. The characters introduced in this book are so charismatic that you want to find out more about them, but at the same time that doesn’t make them all good guys. I really liked that.
Overall I would give this book and eight out of ten because it is really good and this was my second time reading it and I loved it even more than the first time.
I am a big fan of booktube and enjoy watching such and such a month’s to be read posts, so I am going to do the blog version here. In October I want to read
1. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales by H.P. Lovecraft
2. Nightwatch by Terry Pratchett
3. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
4. Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
I don’t expect to get them all done, but a girl can hope right?
PS – I know my pictures are pretty bad – I have a really old camera.