In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft

In the Mountains of Madness The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H P Lovecraft In the Mountains of Madness interweaves the biography of the legendary writer with an exploration of Lovecraft as a phenomenon It aims to explain this reclusive figure while also challenging some of t

  • Title: In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft
  • Author: W. Scott Poole
  • ISBN: 9781593766474
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the Mountains of Madness interweaves the biography of the legendary writer with an exploration of Lovecraft as a phenomenon It aims to explain this reclusive figure while also challenging some of the general views held by Lovecraft devotees, focusing specifically on the large cross section of horror and science fiction fans who know Lovecraft through films, Role PlayinIn the Mountains of Madness interweaves the biography of the legendary writer with an exploration of Lovecraft as a phenomenon It aims to explain this reclusive figure while also challenging some of the general views held by Lovecraft devotees, focusing specifically on the large cross section of horror and science fiction fans who know Lovecraft through films, Role Playing Games, and video games directly influenced by his work but know little or nothing about him.More than a traditional biography, In The Mountains of Madness will place Lovecraft and his work in a cultural context, as an artist in tune with our time than his own Much of the literary work on Lovecraft tries to place him in relation to Poe or M.R James or Arthur Machen these ideas have little meaning for most contemporary readers In his provocative new book, Poole reclaims the true essence of Lovecraft in relation to the comics of Joe Lansdale, the novels of Stephen King, and some of the biggest blockbuster films in contemporary America, proving the undying influence of this rare and significant figure.

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    1. ”H. P. Lovecraft found in his personal dreamlands a place he considered no less real than the physical world, dimensions of the imagination that Poe never uncovered despite the help of morphine, opium, and booze.”Vivid night terrors seems to be a common thread that connect authors like Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft. These nightmares that bring them out of a restless, sweaty sleep, screaming, clutching their hair, and trembling with fright became the plots of th [...]

    2. HP Lovecraft must be in the top three all time worst writers ever and maybe he is actually the worst. Here’s an example:I felt the strangling tendrils of a cancerous horror whose roots reached into illimitable pasts and fathomless abysms of the night that broods beyond timeHis puerile most-purple-ever prose shovels on the gigantic nerve-wracking superlatives as if by shouting so loudly it will force the reader to bow before its terrible power. Shrieking, slithering, torrential shadows of red v [...]

    3. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)As W. Scott Poole rightfully says in his new book, In the Mountains of Madness, despite how we long-time fans might still think of him, there is just no way anymore to describe Early Modernist horror writer HP Lovecraft as "obscure" or "unknown;" with his concepts popping up in things like Guillermo del Toro m [...]

    4. My first copy of "The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories" was a present from a friend who had bought it after reading an interview with Neil Gaiman (yes, him again! It always comes back to Neil, doesn't it?) where he talked about the huge influence Lovecraft had on his writing. She handed it to me with a shrug: "I don't get it…", she told me, looking disappointed. I confess that on the first read, I didn't get it either. Fast-forward to Fantasia Film Festival 2011: I went to a viewing of "The W [...]

    5. This incredibly uneven, sometimes satisfying, sometimes infuriating biography of H.P. Lovecraft almost won itself a two star rating by ruining its previously fairly good handling of the question of racism with some truly ambivalent waffling at the conclusion, including the always delightful evocation of the "but other famous writers were racist too" defense. I decided to spare him the demotion, though, because overall I still enjoyed this book. Its spirited defense of the women in Lovecraft's li [...]

    6. When I saw this book title, I guessed that it was yet another Biography of Lovecraft. It is in some ways, and in many ways, it is note main distinction between this and many of the other biographies I have seen is that discusses the other biographers and biographies that are written about Lovecraft. This goes beyond Lovecraft's life but also addresses Lovecraft's influence on Popular Culture and Media. There were many things addressed in the book that I had not seen before and the author takes s [...]

    7. It's no secret that I love HP Lovecraft. This isn't his first biography that I've read (and it won't be the last). He was an incredibly interesting and complicated man who had a huge influence on modern horror, however not many people realize his reach. But say a few phrases from his works, "Necronomicon", "Cthulhu", or even "Arkham", and many people will recognize these things, gods, and places.While Lovecraft is incredibly interesting, he is also incredibly problematic. He was a weird guy and [...]

    8. This is a fine mix between biography and historical significance for a writer who was seldom celebrated in life and was almost forgotten thereafter. Poole does an excellent job of sketching H. P. Lovecraft without becoming hagiographic. He acknowledges some of the uncomfortable aspects of his personality—his persistent racism, somewhat ambiguous sexuality, and enduring friendships with young men. Poole doesn't suggest Lovecraft was gay, but he doesn't rule it out either.Poole also takes care t [...]

    9. I thought I already knew just about everything there was to know about Lovecraft, but I learned a lot from this book. I was glad to see the author didn't shy away from how disgustingly problematic Lovecraft was and didn't excuse his racism as simply the product of his time. I also absolutely loved how much this book focused on the women in Lovecraft's life, especially his oft-maligned mother and wife.

    10. Evenhanded bio of Lovecraft that doesn't speculate, but also doesn't play down his racism and misogyny. Good to know the guy behind the stories

    11. Please give me a helpful vote on - amazon/review/R3QV6R0I am probably the test case of author W. Scott Poole's thesis: I am loaded with Cthulhu jargon and tropes, but I have never read a Lovecraft book. (Although I've read short stories that play off the Howard storyline, and I am a big fan of Charles Stross, who is indebted to Lovecraft's ideas.)So, why did I read a book about the master, but not his actual works?I am not sure. Perhaps, the answer is that Poole is correct in identifying Lovecr [...]

    12. Some figures are not easy candidates for biography: rock stars, Abstract Expressionist painters, and former Presidents, to name a few. There is a tendency to either treat the subject as some sort of messiah figure -- with the author drooling over every utterance, reading cosmic significance into every episode of the individual's life -- or the writer feels the need to go to the other extreme, exposing every dark corner and human failing to a blinding, clinical light that would make anybody look [...]

    13. In the last few years, I have been making regular pilgrimages to Providence, RI for the H.P. Lovecraft festival. Although I feel he is one of the more interesting figures New England has ever produced, I feared that reading this book would not be as edifying as delving into S. T. Joshi's mammoth and authoritative biography. Luckily, Poole's book, which is one of the more compulsively readable on the subject, is accessible to the beginner (yet not dumbed down) and still full of enough refreshing [...]

    14. This was probably not really a book meant very much for me. I like a lot of things that are influenced by Lovecraft but have read hardly anything of his actual work and therefor can't really be counted a fan. So there was interest in this book for me, but not enough understanding of his works as a whole. I thought it might be more a story of his life, which could be interesting even if I didn't know a lot of his works. In the end, it wasn't quite enough to really keep me engaged. Though I'm stil [...]

    15. 3.5 stars Part biography of Lovecraft, part examination of his lasting cultural influence. An enjoyable read that doesn't flinch from examining the dark and troubling aspects of this fascinating artist. Well worth a look if you're a long-time fan, but also useful for someone looking to get into Lovecraft's weird oeuvre.

    16. An excellent biography of the man, with attention to his effect on pop culture. It's a pretty unflinching look, without any of the usual handwaving away of his racism.

    17. Poole is an academic who, unusually, seems to have a genuine interest in his subject. By this I mean that his work is not an obsessive exercise in hostile identity politics and far-left extremism to the exclusion of all else, written in impenetrable gobbledegook. But a political bias is nevertheless soon revealed, dashing any hope that this "unorthodox" Lovecraft biography would be an enjoyable read.Stylistically it's all over the place, with frequent attempts at some sort of faux Lovecraftian p [...]

    18. I first heard about Lovecraft through George RR Martin interviews, and then noticed several other of my favorite authors (King, Gaiman) telling of how their writing and reading was much influenced by his works. So I started trying a few of his popular stories and thought they were not bad. Then I started a phase of getting into horror and decided to read more of Poe and Lovecraft. I'm glad I did! I started to get really into Lovecraft especially but thought I needed a bit more background about w [...]

    19. I view myself as a reader, and not a critic. I like some collections of words and dislike others. I also don't make a habit of reading biographies, although one of the best books I've ever read was The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling, by Harry Ricketts. Intersectionality is also a word I don't use lightly, particularly as I don't view myself able to defend its use correctly, should I choose to use it. Horror is also the genre I least read.Long paragraph short, this brief review is [...]

    20. There are three parts to this new book about Lovecraft:The first is a brief, very informative biography. I learned a lot here. *****Second is more of a psychoanalysis including a lengthy discussion of his marriage, which should have been more interesting. **Third is a nice summary of Lovecraftiana -- music, games, movies, based on HPL's work to mid-2016. **** (docked a star because it missed a significant number of worthwhile short story collections). HPL "controversies" were also discussed here [...]

    21. I read this while also reading a collection of Lovecraft stories. The two balanced each other out well, since Poole only spoiled the plots of two stories in this bio.It's actually more of a critique/bio/list of every movie, band, comic that has any relation to Lovecraft. Which can be a bit much at times, but it's most definitely complete. The book even includes a listing of every work that H.P. wrote in chronological order.

    22. Oddly frenetic for the first third, it begins to coalesce when you see how Poole is making this an interpretation, not an account of someone's biography. He's masterful at setting the context and placing his subjects in our culture, which makes it relevant, informative, and memorable.

    23. A serious and historical look at the life of HP Lovecraft and his influence on popular culture. He deals with Lovecraft's racism and personal life in an honest and even-handed way. Poole clearly has a love of the literature. Fun and full of insight into Lovecraft's career and legacy.

    24. If you are interested in the author H.P. Lovecraft, and his influence on in popular culture, thus book is highlky recommended.

    25. Interesting information but somewhat oddly structured. It's clearly not intended to be all that scholarly, but the lack of index bothers me for some reason

    26. Didn't read very much of the book. I thought I was getting a horror book for Halloween but instead it is a biography.

    27. Bit all over the place organization wise but an overall solid introduction to Lovecraft for anyone new to the author.

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