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

By W. Scott Poole

Back Cover Text

In his brilliant and page-turning new book, W. Scott Poole uncovers the importance of H.P. Lovecraft. No one has written about Lovecraft quite like this—a survey of his life but more importantly an examination of his influence that stretches out to role-playing games, film, television, books, comics, and much more.

“H.P. Lovecraft is having one hell of a resurgence. Luckily, the author of the man’s latest biography is the smart, shrewd, and insightful W. Scott Poole. In The Mountains of Madness gives a welcome accounting of Lovecraft’s career but, importantly, urgently, Poole also offers a new outlook on the women in Lovecraft’s life. What a welcome new point of view this book offers about this issue and so many others. What a wonderful testament to the lasting power and influence of H.P. Lovecraft.”
—VICTOR LAVALLE, author of The Ballad of Black Tom

“As Poe was to the 20th century, Lovecraft is to the 21st, and W. Scott Poole’s book is his Horrible Holiness’s Gospels, his Revelations, and his Necronomicon, all in one, like some kind of twisted trinity guiding us deep into the mountains of madness.”
—GRADY HENDRIX, author of My Best Friend’s Exorcism

“Poole’s grasp of Lovecraft’s life is wide reaching and impressive as is his understanding of Lovecraft’s current place within popular culture. Readers will find it impossible to ignore Lovecraft after this.”
—CARL SEDERHOLM, author of The Age of Lovecraft

“A deep plunge into the Lovecraft-ian dark side. Poole enthusiastically explores how H.P. Lovecraft influenced modern pop culture . . . thoroughly enjoyable and highly readable.” —KIRKUS

“A fascinating journey of H.P. Lovecraft’s visions of things to come. The secret of Lovecraft revealed a page at a time. A must read for all true fans of horror.”
—JONNY COFFIN

W. SCOTT POOLE teaches at the College of Charleston and has written widely about American history, horror, and pop culture. His books include Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror and his award-winning history Monsters in America. Poole has written for Popmatters and his work regularly appears in the Huffington Post.

Table of Contents

  • PART I: The Night-Gaunts
  • PART II: Forbidden Books
  • PART III: Cthulhu Rises

  • A Brief Note About Sources
  • The Tales
  • NECRONOMICON: A Fakelore

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Bibliographic Information

In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft. By W. Scott Poole. Berkeley, CA: Soft Skull Press; 2016; ISBN 978-1-59376-647-4; paperback; 304 pages.

Purchasing This Book

This book may be purchased in paperback from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble or directly from the publisher, Soft Skull Press.

 
 
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