Comments about technological history, system fractures, and human resilience from James R. Chiles, the author of Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology (HarperBusiness 2001; paperback 2002) and The God Machine: From Boomerangs to Black Hawks, the Story of the Helicopter (Random House, 2007, paperback 2008)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mountains of Madness: An Avalanche of Fan Fiction and Fan Art

H.P. Lovecraft fans are grim! Grimmer than usual, that is, at news last month that filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is still unable to move forward with his decades-long desire to bring HPL's classic horror story to film, "At the Mountains of Madness."
In a September interview in The Wall Street Journal about a book of his artwork (Cabinet of Curiosities), Del Toro said he didn't include his conceptual sketches for MoM, in case the movie is green-lighted after all.

Meanwhile, devotees fill the vacuum with fan fiction and fan art.

The narrator in Lovecraft's story described the range this way:

I could not help feeling that they were evil things—mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss. That seething, half-luminous cloud-background … gave appalling reminders of the utter remoteness, separateness, desolation, and aeon-long death of this untrodden and unfathomed austral world.

Here's what that description suggests to me:
(Note for fellow dSLR geeks: the image draws on my endless supply of ice photos. This particular mountain isn't even a molehill -- it's less than two inches high.)

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