Title: H.P. Lovecraft’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS; The First Volume, adaptation and artwork by Gou Tanabe
Author: H.P. Lovecraft, artwork and adaptation by Gou Tanabe
Translation: Zack Davisson
There are dozens of adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, so much so you could consider Lovecraftian its own sub-genre at this point. Whether it be in film, literature, or comic books, old Howard Phillips’s influence stretches far and wide. In such a dense crowd, it takes a rare talent to rise above the rest, and Gou Tanabe has officially done it not once but twice. I first came to notice of his work with his THE HOUND AND OTHER TALES. Tanabe successfully adapted a whole handful of Lovecraft’s stories and did it remarkably.
Here, again, he swings for the fences and achieves a darkly transcendent success. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS was one of the longest works ever written by Lovecraft, and has been tackled many times by many artists. But only Tanabe can present its dreadful, cyclopean vistas in lush, black and white glory. The character drama, the slow creeping horror, the nightmarish entities…it’s all there and all rendered in spectacular fashion.
For fans of horror and Lovecraft, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is a must grab. The only bad part is that it’s a story in two parts and I have to wait for the second installment.