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The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana: A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror (Call of Cthulhu) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Daniel Harms , Dave Carson , M. Wayne Miller
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  • Taschenbuch: 423 Seiten
  • Verlag: Chaosium Inc; Auflage: 2nd (August 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1568821190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568821191
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,4 x 13,9 x 2,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (6 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 726.103 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)


You just found out that you've inherited a copy of Reverend Winter-Hall's translation of the Sussex Manuscript. (What is it? Is it dangerous?) At night in your dreams you hear people chanting, "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn," over and over again. (What does it mean?) You desperately need to know what the Pnakotic Pentagon looks like. And where Olaus Wormius was born. And how to find the Laniqua Lua'huan. Not to mention the Twin Obscenities, the Wailing Writher, and the Tikkoun Elixir.

Who you gonna call? Encyclopedia Cthulhiana. Or rather, to give its proper and full title, Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, Being an Investigation into the Myth-Patterns of the Xothic and Commorium Legend-Cycles with Notes on the Alhazredic Demonology, or, A Compendium of Lore Relating to Those Beings Who Once Ruled the Universe and Those Who Have Revered and Renounced Them, As Expressed Through the Mythology of All Cultures and Explained in the Works of H.P. Lovecraft and Others in a Manner Thought to Be Fictional by the Uninitiated and Rational.

This 400-page second edition by Daniel Harms is the ultimate reference to the names and vital stats on characters, deities, monsters, locations, sigils, and infernal tomes that pertain to what is more casually known as the Cthulhu Mythos. Harms lays it all out in a tone of absolute seriousness, whether he's writing about the Dimensional Shamblers, the Empty Triumph of the Flying Polyps, or Bugg-Shash--"an inky blackness covered with many eyes and mouths which emit a chittering sound." Contains a foreword with a brief history of the Mythos, notes on the second edition (about 60 percent larger than the first), suggestions for further reading, brief notes on its use in the Call of Cthulhu game, A to Z entries, four appendices (three on the Necronomicon, plus a time line of the Mythos), and a bibliography. --Fiona Webster


This is a revised and expanded edition, containing over 150 additional pages. New features include thumbnail illustrations of the most important signs and symbols and a timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos spanning many millennia. Also present is a brief history of the Cthulhu Mythos.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE Handbook for Lovecraftians 30. Juli 2000
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I have been recommending this book to people I know since I first encountered the first edition. This second edition is expanded and revised, and is even more helpful to Call of Cthulhu gamers, keepers, and especially writers of Mythos fiction. I've been using it as source material for my own odd little tales since I began writing them. And while it is true that the author has been known to frequent some of the same newsgroups that I do, he did not pay me to say these things. The book is extensively indexed and cross-referenced, with a very helpful timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos toward the back. It is clearly written, has doses of the author's dry sense of humor, especially in his choice of a quote for the preface page, is quite attractively packaged, and will look very nice on your bookshelf next to the many volumes of HP Lovecraft that you should have if you're reading this.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Vital Resource For All Investigators 2. Juli 2000
Having stumbled upon a copy of this book entirely by accident, I have since found Harm's work to be indispensible in my search for dread Cthulhu lore. With a simple A-Z format, the complier has recorded many useful references that are not confined to the Lovecraft canon of works (which are, of course, thinly veiled as fiction). The works of others with similar foresight and understanding are also used as sources. If Arkham University were ever to offer a paper in Cthulhu Investigation 101, this would certainly be on the required reading list.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolute best reference for Cthulhu fans 12. Juni 2000
This is the absolute best reference for fans of Lovecraft and/or Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu game. A must have. Everything is laid out A to Z, with an exceptional set of cross-references for each entry. Perhaps the most useful bits of the book are the entries about the books of the mythos. If you need to know what the heck the Voormish Tablets are, it's all in front of you.
My only complaint with the book is that the author doesn't say how much of it is taken from Lovecraft's (and other authors) and how much of it is his own supposition.
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