I can't say I had ever heard of the novel or the author before but I am sure by the end of this project I will have been well educated on both!
'At the Mountains of Madness' is a horror story in which a team of explorers take up an expedition to Antarctica, where they encounter the remains of an 'alien' civilization and their ruined city in the mountains- one that they strongly believe pre-dates the existence of humans. Their expedition soon descends into fear and trepidation when a scout team are found completely decimated and several of the life forms that had been recovered for research have seemingly vanished. On further exploration of the ruined city, these life forms appear to have been an advanced race. Before long, the remaining explorers realize this city isn't as dead as they had first thought...
So I read my fourteen pages of excerpts, highlighting everything describing the environments within the story and I have immediately discovered the writings of Lovecraft to be especially long and descriptive. He obviously had clear and detailed images in his head when dreaming up his worlds and had to describe these alien places in immense detail. Some of his descriptions are a little challenging to decipher and have definitely pushed me into digging out a dictionary.
The way the novel is written has also encouraged me into doing a little digging on Lovecraft himself and in what era he lived. Partially to help me to picture certain period features that he describes, but also to help me gain an understanding of the author. This is a link in which I found a lot of useful information about H.P. Lovecrafts life and his work.