- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games; 1st Ed edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589943074
- ISBN-13: 978-1589943070
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art Of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos Hardcover – October 31, 2006
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Because I found the book itself disappointing, it lacks inspiration. I have seen most of the images online. I don't doubt that many of the artist are fellow fans of Lovecraftian lore and imagery, but they (as far as I know) got paid to paint these illustrations for the CoC card game, hardly a paeon to the muses.
To be fair, I was warned by several of the reviewers of what the contents amounted to, it was the reviewers who were gushing about a book with a fair amount of mediocre art work that I could have paid less heed to.
If you are desperate for Cthulhu related images, get it. If your merely curious, let it pass.
I was expecting much more in the way of monsters and cults, etc., but the vast majority of the paintings have little to do with this.
Still, the ones that I did like were so good (my fave was the painting of Shub Niggurath) that the book still earns a passing 3-star rating from me.
If buying this book, be prepared to get only a very minimal creature fix, along with a large dose of the irrelevant.
In any case, a suprising number of the prints offered are of normal humans, presumably characters in a Mythos role playing game (I'm basing this assumption on the credits given to each picture). The painting/drawings of the Mythos creatures range from the nicely done to the uninspired with the later being the most frequent. I really can't see myself recommending this book unless you happen across it in a 1/2 off bin.
I enjoy almost all of the art, although not all of it is to my taste (but about 80% of them are to my liking), and a few works seem only vaguely related to the Mythos (but many are still good and disturbing). Many of the works are outstanding, and I really enjoyed seeing the various looks or takes on a few of Lovecraft's more well-known beasties, such as Cthulhu himself. It's nice to know that there are so many disturbing methods of depicting a vaguely anthropoid body with an octopoid head covered in tentacles.
Contrary to one of the other reviewers here, I appreciated the gangster and flapper section, since I often play the Call of Cthulhu RPG in the 1920's, and these images will make some great reference material for me and my players.
The book comes in hardcover, has slick pages with lush colors, is well laid out (the two-page spreads are almost all uniformly insanity-inducing, and I mean that in a good way), and there are bios of almost all the artists in the back, many of whom have webpages (which was great, as I am attempting to contact one to see if I can get a print of one of his paintings that I saw in the book). There's also a LOT of artwork in here, so I had to study this a few times to take them all in.
My complaints are minor: some of the art slides onto the amateurish side, and much of those lesser quality pieces look like they were concept art for a computer game (slightly cheesy). About half of the human forms in here aren't realistic (even when they are deformed hybrid-humans), but then, you get this book for the monsters, not the people.
So whether or not you are a fan of the game or simply the Mythos of Lovecraft, I highly recommend this book, which is a steal for the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a gorgeous compilation of artwork both based directly on, or in the spirit of, Lovecraft's writings. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeff
Husband is a huge Lovecraft fan, he loved getting this for Christmas.Published 18 months ago by Holly Myers
I wish the cover was in the book as a "double fold out" page.Published 20 months ago by Chris Leighton
This has some great pieces but like another review said, this is art from the Call of Cthulhu card game so the title is overly misleading. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Ryan
I was most intrigued to see what others imagined the Cthulhu realm to look like. I only wish there were more images of Great Cthulu himself. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Sir Gavin of Hudson WI
Quite possibly the most awesome SCARY picture book in the world! I always find something new when I open the pages. Not for children!Published on October 20, 2009 by Trevor John Thibodeaux
While I did enjoy the technical expertise displayed in most of the artwork, I have to admit that I found many of the images more disturbing than I would have liked. Read morePublished on September 11, 2008 by R. Caisse