Located at the ends of the Earth, Antarctica has always had this special allure for the intrepid explorer. A vast, foreboding and desolate continent with a harsh and unforgiving climate, this place has captured the imagination of many an adventurer. None more so than H.P. Lovecraft when he created the epic that is “At the Mountains of Madness”. This recounting of an ill fated Miskatonic University expedition to the South Pole and its tense and scary encounter with forces far, far beyond the realms of human understanding blew me away when I first read it. Lost civilizations, ancient aliens, hints of bioengineering and dormant horrors in the wilds of Antarctica made for a wonderfully evocative and enthralling story.
The Dark Rites of Cthulhu is the first publication from April Moon Books. And what a high benchmark they have set themselves! This anthology, edited by Brian M. Sammons, is a collection of 16 original tales of black magic, incantations, rites, ritual and madness delivered by some of the best exponents of the dark art of Lovecraftian writing around.