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The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana: A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror (Call of Cthulhu Fiction)

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The Cthulhu Mythos was first created by H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), a Providence author considered by many to be the finest horror story writer of the twentieth century. Lovecraft's tales are a blend of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, with the latter being especially prominent. Many of his tales describe a pantheon of powerful beings known as the Great Old Ones.Sinc ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 423 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Chaosium (first published 1994)
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Andrew
Apr 23, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
Okay I will have to admit that if you already have the Encyclopaedia Cthulhiana 1st edition this is not really one for you - (I had the chance of picking the second edition up cheap). However so not for a second think that this is a rehash or at best a simple update. NO - the book is far more than that.

First the update - the entries have been updated and some small errors (I could not find them the author declared them) have been corrected but there are also totally new sections and a rethink of
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Andrew
Dec 16, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book to read - yes it is exactly what it says it is - an encyclopaedia so as you can imagine its impossible to read from one cover to the other linearly, or at least incredibly difficult to do so.

However if you are willing to its a great way of jumping around from subject to subject as the cross referencing is incredibly detailed. This makes for a fascinating and unpredictable exploration of the mythos. However it is on the characters, places and material of the stories and not t
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Espen Jensen
Apr 26, 2012 Espen Jensen rated it did not like it
This one star rating is unjust and undeserved. I give it this rating as a matter of principle rather than of judgement or evaluation.
It is my belief that you should not attept to quantify or qualify or in any other way explain any horror material, especially Lovecraftian.
Please do not let this review affect your estimation of whether or not you should read the book. Rather think about whether you'll want an explanation for something which is in it's original for unexplained or unexplainable.
Dennis
Sep 17, 2012 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for some minor typographical issues, the eBook version is perfect. And being searchable, it is quite useful.
Nivekian
Feb 15, 2008 Nivekian marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Not released yet...
Yael
Apr 22, 2009 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some years back I purchased a first-edition copy of Daniel Harms's Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, published by Chaosium, containing a wealth of information about the Cthulhu Mythos, its characters -- human and otherwise -- the locations cited in Mythos fiction, the names of books owned and read by Mythos characters, and everything else you'll ever need to know to scare the pants off yourself through late-night reading of the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and his colleagues. That work has proved invaluabl ...more
Yael
Nov 15, 2008 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I have learned from this book is that there are about a million bazillion references to Mythos monsters nobody ever heard of in the Mythos canons, which by now includes a collection about the size of the Library of Congress. This beautiful, exhaustive treatment of Things Mythos should be included in the library of anyone at all interested in the works of H P Lovecraft and his colleagues, as it includes entries on just about Every. Single. Damn. Monster. Place. Person. and Thing appearing an ...more
Jaime Andrés
Jan 15, 2015 Jaime Andrés rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta es la guía definitiva para los que disfrutan de las historias y el mito creado por Lovecraft, en el se listan y definen cada lugar, monstruo, artefacto y personaje que ha pertenecido a este universo; el cual es muy extenso, han participado un gran número de personas y abarca muchos periodos en el tiempo.

Personalmente, este libro fue un buen ejercicio luego del break de almuerzo: tomar un significado, visualizarlo en mi mente y luego corroborarlo con la imagen (el libro es 100% texto). Si de
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Jean-Pierre Vidrine
This book is a not-too-exhaustive, but still more-extensive-than-I-needed guide to the names and places of H. P. Lovecraft's fiction and that of others who have contributed to his universe. It can be a great quick reference for anyone reading such fiction or playing any of the various games inspired by it.
The author deserves a few extra points for basically recapping dozens of stories without actually spoiling any of them. I also like the fact that he acknowledges and immediately dismisses that
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Brian Steele
For anyone who wishes to study Lovecraft's fiction, to further explore the Mythos, this book is essential. Not only does it list every god, monster, person, book, location and item in alphebetical order, but goes so far as detailing every know fictional appearance, first appearance, and what Mythos writer is credited for creating it. From H.P.'s earliest pulp work up to Brian Lumley's Titus Crow, the overview is extensive. Daniel Harms has complied a book that is both a great academic tool for M ...more
Kat
Jul 31, 2008 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: rpgs, nonfiction, horror
I actually wasn't sure which of my bookshelves to put this in, because it fits so many, depending on how you look at the thing...

It's the most exhaustive, useful guide to H.P. Lovecraft's mythos, ever. You want to know anything about his mythos while reading a story or catching an odd pop-culture reference, it's in this book. As a person who runs Call of Cthulhu the RPG, it's also fantastic for using in-game for adventure hooks and plot ideas. Flip to a random page, look at a random entry, and t
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Joe Kilmartin
Feb 17, 2015 Joe Kilmartin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft-mythos
Not a readable book so much as a one-stop reference to all-things-Lovecraftian, both as written by HPL himself and by the generations of writers after him who also engaged in Yog-Sothothery. Concise entries with clear mentions of where the characters, monsters or locations on question first appeared, this volume serves an an excellent stepping stone for anyone who is interested in pursuing either a specific corner of The Mythos, or getting as wide a variety of stories to read in future as possib ...more
Bryan Worra
Aug 28, 2011 Bryan Worra rated it liked it
Very handy for those who are doing writing that ties into the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and his successors. Harms goes to great lengths to provide descriptions and citations for many of the most popular and some of the more obscure entities, locales and artifacts found within the dizzying body of work.
Cameron
Oct 17, 2008 Cameron rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This ought to give you an idea of the complexity and expansiveness of the Cthulhu mythos. It has its own reference book. Not necessary for the dabbler, but quite useful for anyone who intends to delve deeply in Lovecraft's world.
Alis
Oct 02, 2014 Alis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
One of the books I lugged around with me everywhere as a kid; my copy is tattered and stained and has even flown with me to Europe and back. Definitely a worthwhile resource for anyone interested in the mythos.
sologdin
Mar 05, 2014 sologdin rated it liked it
Shelves: speculative
pan-mythos tertiary presentation of cthulhu materials, not limited to HPL's writings, and including gaming materials by publisher here. probably best to read this in lieu of all the third-rate mythos primary materials.
Noah Soudrette
Nov 22, 2007 Noah Soudrette rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cthulhu fans, lovecraft fans, scholars
Shelves: lovecraft
Another excellent Lovecraft reference tool. An incredibly thorough guide to the fictional world of Lovecraft and his collaborators. Essential for scholars and fans alike.
Philip
Oct 31, 2007 Philip rated it it was amazing
Daniel Harms should be locked up- an exhaustive attempt at cross referencing all known fiction, non-fiction and gaming related materials.
Richard
Sep 27, 2012 Richard is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The kindle edition *does not have* a search-able table of contents, which makes it extremely tedious to navigate.
Marsha Altman
Sep 15, 2012 Marsha Altman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely definitive. I didn't even know you could have this much information on this topic.
Donna
Sep 30, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it
Incredibly useful...you know, just in case...
Guy
Jul 03, 2013 Guy rated it it was amazing
An invaluable guide to all things Lovecraftian.
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