Episode 79 – At the Mountains of Madness – Part 3

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I.N.J. Culbard joins us this week as we uncover the horror at the camp!

Check out Mr. Culbard’s excellent graphic novel adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness, available here in the U.S. and here in the U.K.

And let’s not forget the continuing guidance of reader Joe Fria and our composer Reber Clark!

Last but not least – WE’VE REACHED OUR GOAL! The ransom has been met and new readings of The Cats of Ulthar featuring Heather Klinke and Cool Air featuring Rachel Lackey will be available as soon as we wrap up this behemoth of a story. Thanks for your support!

Post Comment 20 comments on “Episode 79 – At the Mountains of Madness – Part 3

  • Brown Jenkin on

    Great to hear the goal was reached! Do you still give out links to the second soundtrack when donations are made?

  • Jim barrett on

    It’s not so odd that the expedition would have brought medical books along – they might be needed in an emergency. I did some time at a research base in Antarctica that did not have an MD on site, and in the small room used as an infirmary there was a book whose title amounted to “Surgery for Dummies”.

  • Seth on

    I definitely think that the salt implies the Elder Things had a bit of lunch. You’d be hungry after several million years, too! Can’t wait for the new readings. 🙂

  • Clinthulhu on

    I don’t have anything to back this up but I always figured that the salt they found around the bodies was to preserve the meat for the Elder Things to eat later, like beef jerky. Salted Meats were common on ships back so that is always what I thought they were doing with the salt.

  • Jim Barrett on

    Or maybe the Elder Things just crave salt. At Antarctic temperatures, the problem wouldn’t be keeping the meat from going bad; it would be thawing it out before eating it.

  • Aram on

    Raffi Batmanian – good Armenian name.

  • Brown Jenkin on

    Here’s the Lost Horizon set that Culbard mentioned:


  • Chad Fifer on

    @Brown Jenkin – yep, if you make a note when you donate, we can definitely send a soundtrack your way:)

  • Marcus Good on

    I think there would be a range of texts on hand that would involve pictures – especially technical manuals for the equipment they were using; drilling rigs, planes, etc. If you’re gonna have mechanics, you’ll need the operating manuals.

    The salt I attribute to two things; 1, would allow the Things to preserve the dog and Endry’s bodies for the trip back to their city, perhaps for a more detailed examination. Also, the salt would aid in melting ice, which would no doubt be building on the bodies.

  • Genus Unknown on

    Perhaps the salt was scattered about for the same reason as the burnt matches; the ETs were just poking around and seeing what everything is.

    “Hey, some crystalline powder. Looks like salt. Here, throw some on that biped we cut up. If he screams, it’s salt.”

  • Dark Wanderer on

    from the text: “I have said that the bodies were frightfully mangled. Now I must add that some were incised and subtracted from in the most curious, cold-blooded, and inhuman fashion. It was the same with dogs and men. All the healthier, fatter bodies, quadrupedal or bipedal, had had their most solid masses of tissue cut out and removed, as by a careful butcher; and around them was a strange sprinkling of salt—taken from the ravaged provision-chests on the planes—which conjured up the most horrible associations.

    So…suspicions of using the salt in a culinary manner; the salt was from the provisions but Lovecraft decides to let the reader draw his own associations.

  • Genus Unknown on

    I guess I just have a hard time accepting that 1.) the ETs ate the Lake party, and 2.) put salt on their food. I don’t know why. It just seems a little cartoonish, I guess… ancient frozen aliens awaken and slaughter the party, dissect them for scientific study, and then… eat them with a sprinkling of salt and maybe a little paprika.

  • Dark Wanderer on

    Genus – yes me too (I agree) but it has that weird Lovecraftian quality of…”did they really do what I suspect? Nah…they couldn’t have…but, maybe…” which always hits me like the strange gut feelings in a bad dream. I suppose they could have experimented with the taste of salt but I found it a little hard to believe that the provisions of the party would include enough salt for preservation of meats.

  • Dark Wanderer on

    Ya know…now that I re-read that paragraph I am wondering if maybe the meat was salted for storage. I have not done the research but as ship’s stores back then did carry salt-preserved meats how much salt, and for what purpose, was carried on board? Additionally the salt was found at Lake’s camp, I think, so would they have transported large amounts of salt for preservation that far from the ships?

  • Mike J. on

    They just woke up from a brazillion-year sleep – Now they want breakfast! … and maybe to take a leak …

  • Kevin H on

    The bodies were basically butchered for meat and salted to preserve them. That’s how I’ve always taken that passage. They’re in the Antartic, so there are no nearby supermarkets for long frozen aliens to shop at. And the way he describes the fattest, healthiest members having their most succulent, I mean solid, masses subtracted…

  • Marcus Good on

    I figure the response when waking up was, “Oh, hey, I do-OH DEITY-OF-ELDER-THINGNESS WHAT ARE THEY dOING TO ME” *flail flail violent response*; some humans and dogs probably survived, who were then, in a calmer moment, rounded up in a “specimen collection”..

  • Sean Liddle on

    Egad.. My take is much simpler. the nasties simply dissolved the humans like flies do and slurped up the resulting goo. Salt was a byproduct. OR fluids were extracted from the humans for consumption and again, salt was a byproduct of such.

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  • mike hill on

    I do believe that the salt would have been applied, as suggested to preserve meat. It would strike especially hard to an Arctic or Antartic explorer as they would themselves have large quantities of salt pork as a primary provision.

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