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Encyclopaedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It Paperback – July 26, 2011
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About the Author
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.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The book starts out with the preface from Satan and the purpose of the book. It follows with "biographies" of the various demonns on the "Invasion Manual Commission". Then it follows into the publisher's note as this is the 666th edition.
The entries for the encylcopedia are short descriptions and very amusing. It is the perfect "flipping" book- the kind you can pick up and be entertained in short bursts. The drawings are highly skilled and truly compliment the entries. The entries are alphabetized and cross-referenced (example: MONEY n. Filthy paper used to purchase human souls. See Bail; Capitalism; Catholic Church; Debt; Internal Revenue Service; Profiteer; Soul.).
This book is good for someone with a very sarcastic sense of humor. Not for the conservative in your life!
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I stumbled across this book on Facebook so i decided to buy a copy and see what all the fuss was about. I haven't been able to put it down! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I like this book because not only is it laid out as an encyclopedia but there was also a Continuing Story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lanora
Encyclopedia of hell....so accurate it's funny! I read it to improve my mood. It sits on my coffee table, the Jehovah's Witness 's love it...great conversation starter! 😉Published 3 months ago by Lissa D. Renteria
This tome is by far and hands (and claws) down the best purchase I have ever made here!!!Published 3 months ago by patrick mccrady
Whenever I need cheering up, I pick up my Encyclopaedia of Hell and it puts everything back into perspective. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jane Hodges