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 – is a handy not-so -little book compiled by Daniel Harms. It is an attempt to catalogue The Cthulhu. The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana by Daniel Harms, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Cthulhu Mythos was first created by H. Lovecrafta 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 The Cthulhu Mythos was first created by H. 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.
This second edition of Encyclopedia Cthulhiana has been extensively revised and contains over a hundred and fifty additional pages and scores of new entries. New features include thumbnail illustrations of the most important signs and symbols and a timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos spanning billions of years.
Many entries have been revised to reflect our latest understanding of the Mythos, and the infamous Necronomicon appendix has been greatly expanded.
Also present for the first time is cthilhiana Brief History of the Cthulhu Mythos,” which examines the evolution of the genre. PaperbackSecond Editionpages. Published July 1st by Chaosium first published Call of Cthulhu Fiction.
United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Encyclopedia Cthulhianaplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana. Lists with This Book. The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia is a reference book detailing the works of HP Lovecraft and his contemporaries, as well as those influenced by them in the ensuing decades, relating to the Cthulhu mythos.
I’ve been on the periphery of Enfyclopedia fandom for a couple decades, starting with Black Seas of Infinity: The Best of H. With the amount of material out there, it’s hard to know where to start.
With this book, I finally feel like I have a guide. The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia is The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia is a reference book detailing the works of HP Lovecraft and his contemporaries, as well as those influenced by them in the ensuing decades, relating to the Cthulhu mythos.
The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia is an exhaustive exploration of the Cthulhu mythos, detailing such mythos staples as Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, and Randolph Carter, to tangently related characters like Conan, to later derivative works like Titus Crow. Throw in creatures like the Nightgaunts and books like the Book of Eibon, and you’ve got a ton of material to digest. The best part is sources are mentioned. If you want to know where the information from the Dagon entry comes from, the book has you covered.
If you want to know where The Blasted Heath is mentioned, ditto. This book has quite a bit of depth and there cthulhianz have been a staggering amount of research going into it. What other reference book has multiple origins of Abdul Alhazred, the mad Arab who penned the Necronomicon and the origin of the word Tekeli-Li?
The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia isn’t really a book you want to read from cover to cover. However, if you emcyclopedia know Fthaggua from the Fungi from Yuggoth, you’ll find this invaluable.
Four out of five Fhtagn stars. View all 7 comments. Mar 11, Andrew rated it liked it.
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Okay I will have to admit that if you already have sncyclopedia Encyclopaedia Cthulhiana 1st edition this is not really one for you – I had the chance of picking the second edition up cheap. Cthulbiana 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 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.
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 the whole project. As the author admitted that the CoC role playing material has been suppressed not because it does not deserve to be there but because they felt it was a repeating material and meant that the encyclopedia could be used as source material in the games itself.
There was also symbols and other artwork added although no renditions of the beast. So why would I advise against the purchase of this book if you had the first edition – the answer is more complex than the fact that the bulk of the material is present in both books.
No its the ethos of the book. As the introduction explains the work of Lovecraft and his subsequent collaborators is that its all about the allusion. The idea that the reader is given the cthilhiana but it is up to them what they create with it. And that is the same for this book.
Yes there are more entries but the fun is really what the reader makes up between the entries – so this to certain extend is a case of “less is more”. Now is great to follow certain entries and I do enjoy following one reference to the next to the next and so on but after all while it gets exhausting and that is where the two editions start to blend in to one.
This is a mine of information just its a little too much to take in in one go. 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 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 it is on the characters, places and material of the stories and not the stories themselves. So for example it will not tell you the events of a story just the events that surround the character – for example there are references to Dexter Ward but not what happened in the story.
Another aspect which was touched on in the books introduction – there was a number of entries from the Call of Cthulhu role playing games as well as the stories- for some puritans this is sacrilege however for me i think all the material has equal rights to be present not only because of who composed and published this book but also because it is all further the collective universe something that Lovecraft himself I am sure would be eager to promote.
The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana : A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror
So really this is for the scholar and the fan alike but it really is a reference book, and yes there are omissions but they are such that from my perspective at least they actually encourage me to want to go out and read them and fill the gaps rather than criticise and complain about the lack of coverage.
Feb 18, 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.
This book is a not-too-exhaustive, but still more-extensive-than-I-needed guide to the names and places of H. 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 This book is a not-too-exhaustive, but still more-extensive-than-I-needed guide to the names and places of H.
I also like the fact that he acknowledges and immediately dismisses that paperback Necronomicon “translated” by some guy calling himself “Simon. Some years back I purchased a first-edition copy of Daniel Harms’s Encyclopedia Cthulhianapublished 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.
Lovecraft and his colleagues. That work has proved invaluabl Some years back I purchased a first-edition copy of Daniel Harms’s Encyclopedia Cthulhianapublished 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.
That work has proved invaluable for all sorts of things, including research into the Mythos, the satisfaction of curiosity about this or that Mythos being, location, or eldritch tome, and even the generation of unlikely passwords the use of which either blocks the unauthorized use of the various accounts one accesses on the Internet or, failing that, turns would-be identity thieves into black, formless goo which is then taken up by gugs, ghasts, and gaunts and mixed in with their food as a rare and valued condiment.
The one drawback to the wealth of wonder included in Harms’s Encyclopedia Cthulhiana is that after so many years of its use, the venerable dog-eared tome, a trade paperback edition, is beginning to fall apart. So, armed with the certainty that it was out there somewhereI went hunting for a new copy both on the Web and in physical bookstores, you know, the kind you walk into and have a good look around. In due time I discovered there was a 2nd edition of the book http: Well, to make a long story short, I didn’t let this discourage me, and I kept looking.
Finally my search paid off: The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia: A Guide to H. Needless to say, I pounced on it at once. Elder Sign Press even told me that they’d sell me a copy of the book autographed by Harms himself for no extra cost! It arrived yesterday, and turned out to be worthy of all the effort I put into the search for it, and then some. Much revised and expanded from the original first edition, The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia includes a lengthy and highly informative foreward by Daniel Harms; the alphabetized entries themselves; two appendices, including a chronology of The Necronomicon and locations of The Necronomicon ; and an extensive bibliography.
This work is a must for the library of any serious Lovecraft scholar, authors of horror fiction, or student of modern literature. The entries provide an invaluable guide to one of the richest fictional landscapes ever invented, and the foreword sheds light on aspects of American culture and 20th-century fiction that few others ever have.
A wonderful book — now, all I have to do is figure out some way to put it to use without dinging it up the way I have my first-edition copy.
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.