Thursday, October 15, 2020

31 Days of Halloween - Day 15 - Book

At the Mountains of Madness - The First Volume + At the Mountains of Madness - The Second Volume by Gou Tanabe. Dark Horse Comics. 2019.

Originally published in Japanese in 2017, this English translation of this adaptation of the story by H.P. Lovecraft is exceptional. Nicely paced and developed, Tanabe breathes a sense of awe, wonder and horror into his interpretation which runs about 600 pages in total length. The story follows a group of Antarctic explorers who uncover a vast city predating humankind by millions of years and once occupied by a race of extra-terrestrials. However, something the Old Ones left behind is still there and it brings gruesome death to members of the exploration team.

Tanabe boldly tackles translating Lovecraft's suggestive, yet almost impossible fathom, descriptions of a city build using "non-Euclidian geometry" into an actual impressive cityscape drawn with confidence and conviction. He also brings to life a number of the beings from Lovecraft's mythos in a manner that renders them with believable, yet alien biology.

If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, then you need to do yourself a favor and pick up these two volumes right away.

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