At The Mountains of Madness
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At The Mountains of Madness (1936) | Written by: H. P. Lovecraft | Published by: Arkham House
At The Mountains of Madness
Thug Notes Summary and Analysis
Whas crackin yall? This week we gettin CRAZY scurred with At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft.
William Dyer bout to sh** a brick, man. Fool hear a bunch of scientists bouncing over to Antarctica even though he told em they best not. And now Dyer gonna give us the low down on the da crazy things he saw over there that left skid marks in his tighty whitites.
A while back, Billy D led a crew called the Miskatonic University
Expedition to a shady part of cold- as-a-bitch Antarctica. A smaller gang led by his homie Lake go on ahead and scope some tripped-out fossils hidden in a swoel mountain range. And these bad boys WAY too old to be so evolved.
When Dyer and his posse don’t hear from Lake, they swang over to his spot to see what’s what. Turns out, most of da hoods in Lake’s click DEAD! Not only dat, but some of dem aliens fossils dun peaced out!
So Dyer and his boy Danforth get up
on their G-Fo and flow over to the mountains when they realize “hold up. These aint just mountains. These be walls hidin’ an ancient alien city! Oh snap!” And since Dyer and Danforth got a hard-on for learning, they drop down to check dem freaky streets.
Fools peep some ancient murals layin down the raw truth bout dem fossils, which actually be called “Elder Things.” Back in the day, these Elder Things landed their crusty asses on the planet, and created life on earth. To help em trick out da streets they livin in, these cats create some G-ed up hustlaz called “Shoggoths,” who later stopped takin orders and straight WRECKED them Elder playas. But things got even more cray for the Elder Things, cuz the murals also jivin bout some EPIC GNARLY monster chillin in the mountains past the city.
Later, when our boys crawlin through a dank tunnel they find in the city, a big fugly Shoggoth gets all in their grills and our boys like “Oh sh**! BREAK YO SELF” And bust ass outta there.
Back in the jet, Danforth looks down past the mountains and sees somethin so damn cray that his mind immediately goes to sh**.
Back home with both his nuts in tact, Dyer Say, look son. Dem scientists best check themselves befo deciding to go to Antarctica. Cuz them mountains ain’t hidin nothin but madness. Naw mean?
One thing you gotz to know bout
Lovecraft’s flow is dat he always slangin MAD adjectives in his texts to create dat atmosphere of horror. Check it-
“That seething, half-luminous cloud background held ineffable suggestions of a vague, ethereal beyondness far more than terrestrially spatial, and gave appalling reminders of the utter remoteness, separateness, desolation, and aeon-long death of this untrodden and unfathomed austral world.”
That’s 13 adjectives in one damn sentence man! See, Lovecraft ain’t interested in just layin down the plot. Naw blood. Settin the mood is way more important. After all, every playa know you gotta warm the oven before you slide in the meat. LOVE CRAFT. Naw mean?
As scurry as things be, Lovecraft keeps rampin it UP. Erry time we meet some scary-ass alien, ol HP drops an even creepier alien on our asses. Then eventually he start jivin bout the ultimate badass beastie that makes all the other aliens sh** their pants! Relentless!
And the scariest thing bout the Elder Things, Shoggoths, and the ultimate badass is that human knowledge can’t make a damn bit of sense of them. Check how Billy D talk bout dem Shoggoths:
“It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train – a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us”
See man always tryin to categorize things in order to understand em, but there are some things that ain’t no amount of reasoning can make sense of. And that’s freaky as hell to think about man!
But despite dat, the scientists, the aliens, and even the reader,
don’t quit when they faced with da whack-ass unknown. Like a dope fiend, just a lil taste of curiosity ain’t enough. Naw, the mo curious they get, the more they jonezin for a bigger hit. And maybe that’s the scariest thing of all- we all gonna keep pushing forward toward da unknown even when the consequences can mess sh** up FO REAL.
“But I think I can detect something of the same spirit – albeit in a less extreme form – in the men who stalk deadly beasts through African jungles to photograph them or study their habits. Half paralyzed with terror though we were, there was nevertheless fanned within us a blazing flame of awe and curiosity which triumphed in the end.“
Curiosity might not have killed those cats, but it sho made one of em mad.
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