- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
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I detected a few typos, and would have liked to see more graphics (not monster pics, but graphics that clarify relationships among the various listings). Some "meta structure" might be nice too, where (for example) keywords might be used to distinguish between major and minor aspects of the Mythos. Lovecraft and those he influenced/inspired have written a lot of stuff, some of it fascinating. Anything that can help an interested person tease out relationships would be helpful.
All-in-all, however, this promises to be a useful reference book.
Need to find out more about Ubbo-Sathla to write a time travel story about wizards?
Look up Ubbo-Sathla, find out that Clark Ashton Smith wrote Ubbo-Sathla, and that god is mentioned in the Book of Eibon. You'll find an appendices about the Necronomicon.
More importantly Dan Harms included a guide on how to handle and use others intellectual property from a non-legalistic standpoint, but more from a standpoint of being ethically creative while respecting to the continuity.
Somewhere in storage I have the second edition of this book, but I have a digital copy on my iPhone, laptop and desktop computer. For my podcast I find this to be a great resource.
Unfortunately I have occasionally ran across instances where Mr. Harms references a story that is no longer in print and hard to find(even after contacting the author or the story). That would be my only gripe. Otherwise this is wonderful, also I am happy that it is a book that covers literature as well as RPG source material due to the fact that the two have become intertwined in the last 30+ years. I am also thankful that the book doesn't rely on any goofy lovecraftian tricks, spooky typefaces or faux-aged paper. It's nice to have some people take this space monster business seriously.