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Dan Harms is the author of several nonfiction articles on a variety of historical, occult, and esoteric topics, as well as several books, including The Necronomicon Files. He lives in Johnson City, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Elder Signs Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934501050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934501054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Harms is an author, librarian, and scholar who deals with topics ranging from the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft to roleplaying games to books of magic. He lives in upstate New York with a cantankerous ball python.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on September 12, 2008
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First I suppose I should say what this book is not. It is not a bibliography of all the books, chapbooks, stories or web fiction that use or are about the Cthulhu mythos. With the explosion of mythos sites on the internet and the rapid pace of publication by small presses, such an endeavor would be out of date before it ever hit press. Mr. Harms cites Chris Jarocha-Ernst's A Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography and Concordance from 1999 as useful in this regard. I have used Glynn Barrass' similar chapbook from Rainfall Books as well. A continuously updated online reference would be invaluable for collectors and fans but alas there is nothing definitive. I really enjoy EP Berglund's site, The Reader's Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos ([...] but it has been under construction for some time now. As far as I can tell, The Ultimate Mythos Book List ([...]) has not been updated in 2 or 3 years.

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. on January 5, 2010
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This is a resource that I keep beside me on my writing table while working on new books of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. Not only does it answers questions concerning every aspect of the Mythos, but it can also be a source of inspiration for new Mythos fiction; for one can read over the entries and find some line of reference that is so tantalizing that it makes one ache to write a story based on that entry. One important aspect is that after each entry there is a listing of the core stories, by H. P. Lovecraft and others, in which the entry subject is featured; such as this, following the main entry on Nyarlathotep:

"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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RaynorHere98 on January 30, 2010
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Having recently gotten reacquainted with the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, I found this encyclopedia to be very informative. I had read some of Lovecraft's stories back in college, but now thirty years later, I am enjoying the stories again, along with tales by other authors who want to keep the Lovecraft or Cthulhu mythology alive in their own way. This encyclopedia covers many well known topics, characters and locations within the mythology from the dangerous book known as the Necronomicon to the professors of Miskatonic University. Sometimes, I will read a Lovecraft story and then see if any of the events or characters are featured in another story (maybe by another author) by checking the Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia. Unfortunately, the encyclopedia does not have any pictures or artwork inside, which would be helpful, but that is my only complaint with this book. I hope that if you do pick up this book, you will find it to be as much of a fun and helpful resource to Lovecraft's world as I have. Thank you for reading.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2010
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The Cthulhu Mythos Encylopedia is an update of the Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, written also by Daniel Harns
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
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kitsu-kitsu on November 26, 2008
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I have to agree with everything Mr. Carpenter wrote ahead of me. There's not much more I can add to that, honestly. It's a wonderful, straightforward reference book, and if you're a fan of the mythos, definitely pick this book up!

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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