By H. P. Lovecraft
Advent by way of China Miéville
Long stated as a grasp of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft validated the genuineness and dignity of his personal pioneering fiction in 1931 together with his necessary paintings of supernatural horror, on the Mountains of insanity. The intentionally advised and more and more chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries–and their come across with untold risk within the ruins of a misplaced civilization–is a milestone of macabre literature.
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