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.
From Goodreads: Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rock star in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying existence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice’s best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.
The Vampire Lestat continues on from Interview with the Vampire, this time following the story of Lestat. My review of Interview with the Vampire is here. The Vampire Lestat is a very exciting book. A lot happens within five hundred and fifty pages. It is sometimes hard to believe that it happened in a short number of years before Interview with the Vampire. The mythology that is introduced in this book adds to the atmosphere and excitement. It is very complex, and is expanded on in the follow-up book ‘Queen of the Damned’.
Lestat is more comedic character than Louis, but at the same time by the end of this book you will see Lestat differently than his portrayal in Interview with the Vampire. He isn’t as sad as Louis and his sense of humour permeates his point of view. It is a joy to follow him around really! I’m giving this book and eight out of ten because I loved it. It was awesome and I think it is my favourite in the series.
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.
If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I love fantasy and anything in that kind of vein. So, I figured I would do a post on some cool books to read coming up to Halloween.
Anything by H.P. Lovecraft. By ‘anything’ I mean any of his books. I have read his first omnibus and it is awesome. The tales are creepy, but never gory or over the top. He is a legend in the horror genre, so is totally worth checking out.
- The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. The first three – Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned are fantastic books, the rest not so much Imo. These books are dark and twisted and very well written.
- I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. I know I mention him in like every single post I do but his books are some of the best out there. Any in the witches/ Tiffany Aching series would be great for getting a person in the Halloween spirit.
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales. These are pretty gruesome if you read them as an adult/teenager. There is one story in there that is about a girl accidentally walking into a den of murderers! Plus if you have a Kindle or other E-Reader, the book is free.