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At The Mountains Of Madness - Part 3 - The Great Old Ones

from At The Mountains Of Madness by Richard Coyle

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“At The Mountains of Madness” tells the first-person tale of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University in the USA. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. For he has been there and seen the unimaginable horrors that lay beyond the mountains.

“At The Mountains of Madness” was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931, originally a serialised story published in Astounding Stories magazine in the US. While considered by fans to be part of the Cthulhu Mythos stories that HPL is most famous for, some academics argue that the author was actually ‘demythologising’ much of his earlier work. Whichever it is, the story is massively popular, and there are talks of a movie adaptation by Steven Spielberg and Guillermo Del Toro in the offing.

Part 3 - The Great Old Ones

William Dyer, a geologist from Miskatonic University, writes of his incredible experiences whilst exploring Antarctica, in the hope of dissuading a new team from travelling to the same location. With his pilot colleague Danforth, Dyer has discovered the ruins of a gigantic city in the high mountains. While exploring the enormous buildings, they learn of the history of the creatures that lived there, the ‘Great Old Ones’, how they created life, built mighty cities and finally succumbed to the ravages of the ice age.


from At The Mountains Of Madness, released November 15, 2010
Originally aired on BBC Radio 7

Written by HP Lovecraft
Abridged by Paul Kent
Read by Richard Coyle
Music by Jon Nicholls
Produced by Neil Gardner

A Ladbroke Radio production for BBC Radio 7


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