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Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Series: Call of Cthulhu Fiction Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Conversations 3 39, 4. Lovecraft, 'The Call of Cthulhu' That day is here. Lovecraft and expanded by countless horror writers and gamers in the decades since the master's death.
And now it's digital, with a comprehensive linked table of contents and the built-in searchability of e-readers. You will go mad from revelation faster than ever before. No current Talk conversations about this book. Keep this within arms reach when you are reading anything Lovecraft related. Google searching this stuff will make your head spin with all the different results you will get.
Trust Daniel Harms. He knows his stuff. 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explosion of mythos sites on the internet and the rapid pace of publication by small presses, such an endeavor would be out of date before it ever hit press. 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.
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.
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. I have a copy of the limited hardcover edition, a lovely book signed by the author. Art on the slip cover was provided by Malcom McClinton, an was quite nice, with some cephalopoidal thing probing about a library. I don't think Mr.
McClinton has been active on the mythos art scene very much, but I hope to see more of his paintings in the future. Page count was a generous ; materials used in the book were of highest quality and production values are flawless. The paperback is a bargain, with the discount and free shipping offered by Amazon; I have been pleased with all of my paperbacks from Elder Signs Press.
Several features stand out. I really enjoyed Mr. Harms' detailed introduction, with his description about the creation and growth of the phenomenon that is the Cthulhu mythos. There was, I think, a very even handed description of the role and contributions of August Derleth, always a contentious subject for mythos fans. I would have liked to see more about Lin Carter, but that's just a personal bias.
Perhaps the least useful or perhaps least likely to be used part of the introduction was the guidance offered to authors about how to employ the trappings of the Cthulhu mythos in their stories and books.
Like anyone is going to allow themselves to be limited! The appendix about the Necronomicon was quite good, as was expected as this is a special area of interest to the author. I skipped around reading citations about some of my favorite beasties and people. No complaints here. I enjoyed the treatment of all of these topics. I also don't think Mr. Harms intends these entries to be definitive depictions, of Cthulhu for example In the short story by Neil Gaiman, I, Cthulhu, there was a pithy description of Cthulhu's 'birth' and its reproduction, which I prefer to what is listed in The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia.
Instead he is offering in one place, a description of how these entities have been described, depicted or used by their creators and a large comunity of writers.
So who should be most interested in this book, other than fanatics like me? I think authors who are trying to keep all these names and places straight would find it useful. New fans to the mythos who are daunted by all the cross referencing that happens between mythos authors and that is part of what makes mythos fiction so cool for readers now have a scorecard to identify all the players. Role players now have a handy compendium alas without pictures to add depth to their campaigns.
And of course collectors must have it all. Bravo and thank you, Mr. The book is an encyclopedia about the creatures in Lovecraft's horror. Status Daniel Harms — primary author all editions calculated Appel, Shannon Contributor secondary author some editions confirmed Carson, Dave Illustrator secondary author some editions confirmed Fassl, H.
Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed McClinton, Malcolm Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed Miller, M. Wayne Illustrator secondary author some editions confirmed Rossell, Isabel Translator secondary author some editions confirmed Solar, Aitor Translator secondary author some editions confirmed.
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Encyclopedia Cthulhiana by Daniel Harms
Since Lovecraft's time the Cthulhu Mythos has grown exponentially, until it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of, even for devoted fans. Many writers have contributed to it, including Robert E. This book is the first major attempt in many years to provide a comprehensive guide to H. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. This second edition of Encyclopedia Cthulhiana has been extensively revised and contains over a hundred and fifty additional pages and scores of new entries.
The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana: A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror
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