This book isn't deep if that's what you are looking for. It is 100% plot and character but it does those two things very well. It is like watching a great tv show full of action except you are reading and not watching. It's a great book for a vacation at the cottage or beach. I liked it alot, it was captivating and I read it from start to finish in one sitting.
sarah’s book reviews
My favorite Lovecraft story! I would love to see an artist illustrate this story or a film-maker interpret Lovecraft's vision. Lovecraft creates a richly detailed story of an expedition to an Antarctic enclave of ancient, slumbering monsters. Sounds corny but it is a genius work of horror-fantasy. Lovecraft creates the best monsters and this is his master-work.
I agree with Loewen below on most points he makes on the qualities of the story. It is one of the most gory and rather horrifying stories I have read by Lovecraft. It is not just the blood, guts and death that are disturbing in this series, but there is also a very dark and sinister shadow that lurks throughout the entire story. For instance, I am very disturbed when West procures the corpse of his philanthropic and noble adversary, the Dean of his medical school. The Dean opposes West's experiments in reanimation of the dead so, post-mortem, he turns him into a cannibal zombie who becomes caged at the local sanitorium for more than a decade. To the insanity and cruelty add gory, furtive experiments, midnight trips to the cemetery, hungry and angry zombie armies. Effective horror is really developed here... if that's what you like. I don't like gory horror stories. I'm probably going to delete this on from my ebook. It's too scary. I'm more a fan of Lovecraft' monster stories; the fantasy is fantastic.