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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; First Edition edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936239043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936239047
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely one of the funniest books ever. — Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Written by a man whose mind has an extra dimension. — Steven Wright, comedian

Brilliant in the vein of Twain with an air of Voltaire. — Marc Ian Barasch, author

About the Author

Martin Olson is a comedy writer, television producer, stage director and composer. He is also a playwright and poet known for comedic and unusual subject matter. Olson is best known as a "founding father" of the Boston comedy scene, as a collaborator with comedians, composers and artists, and as a writer-producer of off-beat television series and stage plays.

While selling comedy screenplays to Dreamworks, United Artists, Touchstone Pictures, and Warner Bros., Olson also wrote and directed live stage performances in Hollywood at the HBO Theater, The Steve Allen Theater and Comedy Central Stage featuring well-known comedians and actors.

Over the past 15 years, Olson wrote and produced nine comedy specials, inflicted on the populace via CBS, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and A & E.

Olson has written for Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, Denis Leary, Rodney Dangerfield, Rob Schneider, Penn and Teller, Richard Belzer, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Meaney and many other Kevins.

Olson received an Emmy nomination and an Ace Award for television writing. As a composer, he was honored with a 2010 Emmy Nomination for Songwriting, a 2009 Emmy Nomination for Primetime Songwriting, and a 1997 Annie Award Nomination for Songwriting in an Animated Series.


Tony Millionaire was born in Boston and grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He writes and draws the ongoing adventures of Sock Monkey, published by Dark Horse Comics since 1998. He is the creator of the syndicated comic strip, MAAKIES, which has been collected by Fantagraphics, who also published his graphic novel, Billy Hazelnuts. His comic strip Maakies has been adapted to the small screen as THE DRINKY CROW SHOW for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Born in Libya (despite his better judgment) to German and Indian parents, Mahendra Singh labored for many years as an art director and illustrator in the humid ambience of Washington, DC, the inspiration for many of the personalities depicted in this book. After inviting and escaping mob justice several times, he fled for the humid and frozen ambience of Montreal where he has gained some notoriety as an expert illustrator of all things Lewis Carroll and Surrealist. He devotes his spare time to designing tin-foil turbans for Hindus who no longer wish to hear the voices in other people’s heads, taking Buddhist shut-ins to Nirvana concerts and helping Quebecois atheists distribute blank pamphlets on the subway. His illustrations for this book were inspired by an inordinate lust for money and a solipsistic arrogance further encouraged by the honeyed tongue of Martin Olson.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very funny book.
Wendy Davis
Now, my father has a very weird sense of humor and we don't always find humor in the same things.
Haley Elizabeth
The drawings are highly skilled and truly compliment the entries.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Haley Elizabeth on August 7, 2011
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On the back cover of Encyclopaedia Of Hell, there is a quote attributed to Lars Ulrich of Metallica calling EOH "Absolutely one of the funniest books ever". I didn't want to agree but I did. Here's what happened. When my father gave me this book, I looked at it and said, "Huh? What the 'heck' is this supposed to be?". He told me to just read it and if I didn't laugh A LOT, then he would buy my gas for a month. Thinking of the $4/gallon gas prices,I said "Deal". Problem is, I could not stop laughing. Now, my father has a very weird sense of humor and we don't always find humor in the same things. But this time, he was right. I did laugh a lot. Of course, I had been reading Wuthering Heights just before he threw this on my lap, so maybe even the Encyclopedia Brittanica would have seemed funny, but I don't think so. This was definitely unlike anything I had ever read before. For instance, the word "Acne" as defined by Satan in the Encyclopaedia of Hell is "When devouring a human face, a delicious natural spice". Now that's sick, but wicked funny. In addition to the ingenious encyclopedic definitions, there is a "how-to" invade planet earth manual written by Satan which includes maps and diagrams. As a matter of fact, the illustrations in this book are some of the best I have ever seen. Several characters emerge as you read EOH, and I can't help but think what an interesting movie this would make. I didn't get the gas money, but have been sharing this book with friends and having lots of laughs.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Chappelle on August 6, 2011
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When I stumbled upon Encyclopaedia of Hell's Facebook page, I was immediately taken with the book cover that serves as it's profile picture. Being drawn to anything having to do with the occult, I instantly assumed it to be some aged manuscript that had been dug up at some obscure sorcerer's crumbling abode, and reprinted by an equally obscure publishing house sympathetic to the aspiring mage. Upon further inspection, I discovered it was a book of satire, allegedly written by Satan Himself. Dashed were my hopes of at last finding a spell or three that would grant me the power to turn my long list of wretched enemies into ebola-afflicted three-headed mules. Undaunted, however, I continued my investigation.

What I discovered was a book that accomplished what my miserable former fiance through her best efforts could not: bring tears to my eyes. The kind of tears that accompany intense bouts of laughter, of course. The biting commentary by Lord Satan on the inane futility of human existence is priceless, but it is his bumbling editor Zyk who almost steals the show with his memos to "the publisher" interspersed throughout The Encyclopaedia cataloging his mishaps and misadventures (of all the demons mentioned in the book, his is the sole unfamiliar demonic nomenclature). The amazing thing about Encyclopaedia of Hell, is the extent to which Martin Olson has fleshed out all of the supporting characters in the limited space allotted. Yet through intermittent notes the personalities of Lilith, Behemoth, Belial, and other demon commentators are cemented into the brain almost immediately.

This Encyclopaedia is one of the best books I have ever purchased. From the writing to the illustrations to the binding itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YlimeHaras on December 30, 2011
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wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Martin Olson's Encyclopaedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It. I thought it was going to be a serious outlook on hell, chronicling different religious and secular views on hell in one convenient book. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised with a comical look on hell filled with cynicism, satire, and serious laughs.

The beginning of Olson's creation caught me off-guard with its claim that these pages are actually from the Vatican. It was shortly after this claim, where there is a preface written by none other than Satan himself, that I finally realized this book is all about the comic relief. From hilarious descriptions of different demons, such as Behemoth the "expert on Cooking Mankind," to the "Manual on Earth Terms," which includes entries like "acre" followed by the description: "That which supplies a mass grave," the collection never ceases to gain a laugh.

The collection also has notes, addendums, and memos that are not only well-written, but they manage to hold the reader's attention. In a book such as the Encyclopaedia of Hell, where most entries are a few lines long, it's nice to see the author's writing ability in a longer piece. These pages cover topics such as Satan proclaiming that Earth is now a new annex of hell and letters to the publisher which provide much entertainment.

Reading Olson's book in eBook format was quite a joy as well. I would bring the novel along anywhere on my smart phone, and consequently would find myself laughing at the doctor's office, waiting in lines, and at awkward family gatherings. If you're offended by outrageous blasphemy or don't fully understand satire, I would not recommend this book. However, for the rest of us, go out and purchases a copy of Olson's masterpiece. You won't be disappointed.
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