If you were saddened and disappointed that Guillermo Del Toro had to cancel his plans to turn HP Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ into a movie, you’ll probably be sadder to look at some of Del Toro’s sketches for the film.
Most people who read Lovecraft admire his prose and his ability to reach the darkest corners of the human mind and mythology, not so much as to the real world mathematical and physical properties of his nightmarescapes. But then, you’re probably not theoretical physicist Benjamin K. Tippett, who just paper called “Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific,” which analyzes the account of Gustaf Johansen, the author of the manuscript embedded in HP Lovecraft’s story The Call of Cthulhu, and tries to account for the weird geometries that hide “the corpse city of R’lyeh.”
So, the good news is that every time I see a trailer for Prometheus, it looks fucking awesome. The bad news is, that according to director Guillermo del Toro is that Prometheus means that his HP Lovecraft movie ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ may not happen.
Whether you’ve read HP Lovecraft’s short stories or not, The Lovecraft Anthologies is a good way to get acquainted or re-acquainted with the tales of The Old Ones.