Episode 77 – At the Mountains of Madness – Part 1

Don’t heed the warnings – join us as we gear up on our expedition into the MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!

Crew leaders include reader Joe Fria and musician Reber Clark, with some navigation provided by painter Nicholas Roerich (this image from a blog post by soon-to-be guest I.N.J. Culbard).

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Post Comment 34 comments on “Episode 77 – At the Mountains of Madness – Part 1

  • Michael Bryan Walt on

    Great podcast guys! Damn shame with what happened with Del Toro’s film adaption of this (to me) very film-able story by H.P. I don’t really blame Universal for backing out due to the budget — $150 million!? Come on! this could have been made for far less. Hell, look at HPLHS’s “The Call of Cthulhu”, which looked fantastic at only, what, $50,000.00? It just takes dedication, respect and a lot of love for the source material. If I was directing ATMOM, I would asked for no more than $20-30 million tops! Oh, well, maybe someday. Can’t wait for next week’s podcast. You know, I also always wondered myself why everyone at Miskatonic U. read the Necronomicon? Guess you just got to read the damn thing no matter what.

  • Antoine D on

    There is a town in Massachusetts called Peabody, but actually it’s pronounced “Pee-bidy”, with the stress on the first syllable (which I always found kind of annoying, but hey Mass is filled with place names that are not pronounced anything like the way they are written – Worcester being another prime example).

    Also, Chad, I know what you mean about Poe’s “Arthur Gordon Pym”; it’s hard to get into but give it another chance. Actually “Pym” deals very little with the Antarctic or the supernatural, but the real similarity between the two is that both start off as straight-forward travelogue/exploration stories but very quickly everything goes to hell. Anyway, having followed the HPLLP from the beginning, I found it weird that this late in his career, after he had developed his own voice and worldview, that Lovecraft harkened back so much to Poe, one of his earliest mentors, in this story.

  • Sean Liddle on

    Most excellent as always guys.

  • Seth on

    A very promising start to this *cough*-part series! Great music, had a nice nautical feel to match the chapter; I can’t wait to hear what Reber Clark’s thought up for later on in the story.

    It is weird for a geologist to have read the Necronomicon, but I guess since it’s a super-rare book and Miskatonic has one of the only copies, Dyer probably just read it because it was there (or maybe Wilmarth, Armitage, and Peaslee just wouldn’t shut up about it).

  • Keith McCaffety on

    Great episode! My first real encounter with HPL was Mountains of Madness, back in the late 90s. I’d read some short stories years earlier that turned out to be Derleth, and they were unimpressive. When I first read ATMOM, I didn’t think it long at all. I couldn’t put it down! On a second reading a couple of years ago, I did indeed find it long-winded. Looking forward to next week!

    P.S. – I’m not a fan of the new web site. It hurts my eyes. This form, for example, is actually black-on-black. Can’t see what I’m typing at all.

  • mikr on

    Starkmoore Merriweather?

  • Mike Davey on

    Have to agree with Keith, here, in that I’ve no real idea what I’m typing here.
    Also the green text disappears into HPL’s face at the top left.

    Enjoyed the podcast, though. Take your time, the story warrants it…

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  • Sean Liddle on

    I for one love the new look. Brilliant green on black and white on black and black on gray? Excellent. This website is devoted to the weird, odd and disconcerting therefore the look is fitting.

  • Will E. on

    Great fun, guys, thanks. I too always took the Necronomicon for a ripping good read.

  • Chad Fifer on

    Starkmoore Merriweather?

    Hehe – was wondering if anybody would catch that.

    We’re working on getting the font colors fixed for the comments section.

  • Lambda on

    Good to see you doing ATMOM, guys. I still hope del Toro gets to make the movie – without Universal, then. Even if it takes years.

    Also, make as many parts of this as you want. This thing is HUGE. Quite intimidating when you’re reading it the first time. I think I remember Joshi saying that about his first encounter with ATMOM. And henceforth, this story shall be known as Joshi’s Bane! 🙂

  • Mike G. on

    Don’t think that all Geologists fit the stereotypical mold. You wouldn’t think that somebody studying Geology would necessarily be interested in various literary sources, like H.P. Lovecraft for example, however out of place he might be on a site like this, but I am.

    The Necronomicon is undoubtedly fascinating, I’d just make sure I’d say the proper words before picking it up.

    Latu Verata Nicto

  • Al Bruno III on

    Fantastic work as always folks.

    At the Mountains of Madness?

    With you guys we’re at the Mountains of RADNESS!

  • Marcus Good on

    As a sidenote, the claims about there being no complex life in the Pre-Cambrian are outdated for us, since the Pre-Cambrian covers an excessively long period, that had smallerstarts and fits of explosions of life. Te Ediacaran fauna was one of the first big “experiments”, with creatures with trilateral symmetry (rather than the bi, or five-fold we see today), and animals which we still aren’t sure which we up they went..

  • Arnór on

    great work guys!

  • Chad Fifer on

    Hey Mike G.-

    Yikes – sorry to stereotype. Geologists are awesome for their chosen field of study, but I’m quite sure as individuals have all kinds of interests – some are probably even pit fighters:) Thanks for the note! Man – it’s hard to type in these comments… we’re working on it.

  • Mike G. on

    Yeah, I’ve dabbled in a little pit fighting, necromancy, and chamber choir myself as well. Being well rounded helps a geologist think outside the box. One thing people don’t know about us is:

    Geologists know what makes the “bedrock.”

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  • Knowles on

    Awesome first installment! Can anyone answer whether this story has anything to do with the short story ‘The Thing’ was adapted from?

  • Reber Clark on

    Mike G. – I thought Hanna-Barbera made the “Bedrock.” 🙂

  • Mike G. on

    Yaba Daba Doo!

  • Michael on

    Good work, guys.

    This is my favorite Lovecraft story. So rich in detail and Lovecraft’s sense of dread is at its best. Also, there’s a sincerity inherent to the work which is required in the best fiction. As you mentioned in the podcast, you can tell he loves this region. His heart was in the story and it helps the reader buy into the sense of adventure.

  • Ross on

    Hi, Knowles. “The Thing” was based on “Who Goes There?”, a science fiction novella by John W. Campbell, Jr. (writing under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart). It was originally published in the August 1938 issue of ASTOUNDING STORIES. Was Campbell’s story inspired by Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”? I have never heard or read anything to that effect.

  • Kevin H. on

    I’ve never commented here before, but i’ve enjoyed each and every one of your podcasts. I’ve been waiting for this one and it is in my podcast queue waiting to be listened to. I almost want to wait for all the parts of this story though, so I can listen all at once. One question… what are you going to do when you run out of Lovecraft? May I suggest you guys tackle Conan?

  • Vivek on

    I love this podcast! Thank you guys for producing this great show.

    Also, that Nicholas Roerich painting looks like Tibet. I think this is yet another example of how “alien vistas and cyclopean towers” is really HPL code for “other cultures”.

    And it’s interesting that he would have been inspired by something that could accurately be described as “Euclidean”.

  • Dunwich Telephony on

    As Antoine D has said the local ‘Born in Massachusetts’ accent pronounce the town name Peabody differently then spelled. To clarify even further it sounds like PeeB’dee , like trying to cram it into one syllable. Though I don’t think that it changes the way personal names are pronounced here or at Arkham.

  • PCM2 on

    “Erebus” and especially “Terror” may sound like strange names for mountains, but they are real. They have such odd names because they are named after ships — the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror — which went on a three-year voyage of Antarctic exploration in the 19th century.

    The same two ships were lost on an Arctic (not Antarctic) expedition. A fictionalized account of this is given in Dan Simmons’ novel “The Terror” — a vaguely supernatural story, but again, named after the ship.

  • Grant on

    Awesome podcast as usual, but whats with the music when the ship heads out? I felt like I was in a ride line at Disneyland. Dont get me wrong, I actually loved it, it was just..different.

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  • Miguel Len on

    Wasn’t Pabodie part of the engineering department not a geologist?

  • Dr. Arthur Antebury on

    Awesome work, guys.

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