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The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia Paperback – August 1, 2008
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What this book does provide is a detailed description of those entities, characters, tomes, places and critters that populate the worlds of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. Mr. Harms makes no pretense about being comprehensive; monsters that may appear in only a single story will not show up here. Fortunately, Mr. Harms lists his own criteria for inclusion so there is no ambiguity: all entries from the second edition, entries from the first edition where there was a groundswell of popular demand, and things found in two different works by two different authors, or appearing in major Cthulhu Mythos novels. Thus you certainly find the Hounds of Tindalos but you won't find T'loal (not that you would want to; the novella was abysmal). There is likely quite a bit of RPG material that has been excluded as well, although I found a citation on Delta Green.Read more ›
"See Abbith; BOOK OF AZATHOTH; BLACK RITES; Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh; Byagoona; Cthugha; Cthulhu; Dreamlands; Eibon, sign of; elemental theory; Fable of Nyarlathotep; ghouls; gods of Earth; Great Old Ones; gugs; hunting horrors; Koth; Million Favored Ones; moon-beasts; NECRONOMICON (appendices); Nephren-Ka; N'gai, Wood of; Nophru-Ka; Old Ones; Other Gods; Outer Gods; Prinn, Ludwig; Set; SEVEN CRYPTICAL BOOKS OF HSAN; shantaks; Sharnoth; Smith, Morgan; S'ngac; Stygia; World of Seven Suns; Yegg-ha; 'Ymnar. ("The Faceless God", Bloch; "The Shadow from the Steeple", Bloch; THE LURKER AT THE THRESHOLD, Derleth and Lovecraft; DELTA GREEN, Detwiller, Glancy, and Tynes (G); MASKS OF NYARLATHOTEP, DiTillo and Willis (G); THE FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH, Lovecraft; "Nyarlathotep" (prose poem), Lovecraft (O); "The Rats in the Walls", Lovecraft; THE BURROWERS BENEATH, Lumley; ELYSIA, Lumley; "The Worm of Urakhu," Tierney.
Thus not only do the entries explain the nature of the thing, but they lead us to core Mythos tales in which the entry is fictionally evoked; and we learn of other things to which the entry is related. I've never heard of Nophru-Ka, nor Ymnar.Read more ›
Althought it presents new verbetes and informations, it lacks the cronology of the Mythos, penned in the previous edition. It also lacks an index, given a somewath sloop appearance. But don't misunderstand: it is a complete encyclopedia, and for those who don't have the previous edition it's the best list of all cthulhian information
I'm curious how it compares to the Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, however. A year or two ago, we attempted to order it and were informed that it would never be printed again and gave up trying to purchase it. We certainly won't be dishing out the 99$ for a used paperback. We guessed that this was the answer to the discontinued book, but we aren't certain.
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it was a gift for my brother but still if its anything like I know Ctuluh then yeah its goodPublished 1 month ago by Rene
This is an encyclopedia, literally. Albeit a fictional encyclopedia. If you are writing a story, reading a book, or just have a question about the Eldritch world this is the go to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myke Corwin
A must have reference to Mythos fans. There has only been a very few times I'm looked stuff up in this book and not found exactly what I wanted (thus the 4 out of 5) but those... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thebooksbrother
It's a reference book on Cthulu Mythos. The Questions on the Amazon rating screen are for a novel or biography and completely irrelevant to a reference work. It's funny. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bruce C.