Welcome to another installment of Two Book Tango: an ongoing series in which Unbound Worlds pairs two titles that go well together. Today’s pairing is The White Darkness by David Grann, and At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft.
The Antarctic remains one of the most mysterious places on Earth. While satellites have managed to photograph the continent, there are many places where no person has ever walked. With the exception of rotating teams of scientists stationed at scattered research stations, there’s not a permanent human population in Antarctica, making this brutal land one of the loneliest places on the planet.
The exploration of Antarctica has a somewhat tragic history. For every brave soul who successfully traversed its wintry interiors, there are many more who died making the attempt. It is an unforgiving land for the unprepared, but even the best planned expeditions can go awry — with lethal results.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the continent’s dangers, it continues to attract daredevils and explorers in search of a challenge. Some of them, like their historical forebears, find death waiting amidst the ice and snow. Here are two tales of tragedy and terror in Antarctica: one a true story, the other a work of fiction.