Here’s another entry in the Library of Lovecraft: “At the Mountains of Madness.” This one is important because it introduces some of the more infamous alien beings in his work. Geologist William Dyer goes on an expedition of Antarctica, where a previous team had discovered the
preserved remains of strange creatures, totally unlike anything on Earth.
Through exploration, Dyer discovers a huge stone city that was once inhabited by these creatures, dubbed “Elder Things.” Examination of some hieroglyphics reveals that the Elder Things were responsible for the creation of life on Earth, as well as the history of other races like the Elder Things, including the “Shoggoths,” amorphous blobs that helped shape the Elder Things’ cities. As Dyer goes deeper into the city, he realizes that the Shoggoths and Elder Things aren’t quite as dead as it
The best aspect of the story is the bizarre appearance and nature of the Elder Things, in addition to the other races mentioned – they are so alien and in opposition to known science that simply reading descriptions of them will make your eyes cross. Supposedly, Lovecraft based his alien races on creatures of the ocean, which is appropriate since the ocean is one of the few unexplored areas of Earth left, plus there are some very weird-looking things living in the depths.
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Editor’s Note: Mike Malan recently graduated from Lewis University with a degree in English with a sub-speciality in Creative Writing. Mike especially enjoys writing gothic, Poe and all things that chill your bones. He is a dark writer but you can find him dabbling in politics. He is also interested in the editing process and hopes that you will enjoy his work.