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Dreamhounds of Paris and the Book of Ants

The long slumbering project from Pelgrane Press, Dreamhounds of Paris has now been released upon the world.


Dreamhounds of Paris is a "...comprehensive campaign guide for Trail of Cthulhu...[recreating] mundane and mystical adventures as you stumble onto the Dreamlands, a fantastical realm found far beyond the wall of sleep."


A companion volume has also been published, Le Livre des Fourmis ("The Book of Ants") which is billed as an Investigator's Guide to the Dreamlands which promises to provide "...an essential window into Paris of the 20s and 30s, and into the Dreamlands beyond".


Available now, from Pelgrane Press.

Dreamhounds of Paris


Follow the Trail of Cthulhu into the Dreamlands


From the 1920s to the coming of the Occupation, a new breed of artist prowled the fabled streets of Paris. Combative, disrespectful, irresponsible, the surrealists broke aesthetic conventions, moral boundaries—and sometimes, arms. They sought nothing less than to change humanity by means of a worldwide psychic revolution. Their names resound through pop culture and the annals of art history.


But until now, no one has revealed what they were really up to.


In this comprehensive campaign guide for Trail of Cthulhu, you recreate their mundane and mystical adventures as you stumble onto the Dreamlands, a fantastical realm found far beyond the wall of sleep. At first by happenstance and later by implacable design, you remake it in the fiery image of your own art. Will you save the world, or destroy it?


Choose your player character from a roster of 19 visionaries and madmen.

  • Put up your dukes as two-fisted filmmaker LUIS BUÑUEL.
  • Flee a formless entity as Dada impresario TRISTAN TZARA.
  • Photograph tentacled entities as American expat MAN RAY.
  • Personify the joy and decadence of the city as chanteuse KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE.
  • Wield the magic cane that will end the world as theater of cruelty inventor ANTONIN ARTAUD.
  • Or arrive in Paris as fresh-faced young painter SALVADOR DALÍ, who has come to tear the movement all down and rebuild it in his image.
The Dreamlands are as strange as you can imagine.


Authors: Robin D. Laws, Kenneth Hite and Steve Dempsey
Artists: Tyler Clark, Emilien Francois, Melissa Gay, Jérôme Huguenin, Leah Huete, Rachel A. Kahn, Anna Kryczkowska, David Lewis Johnson, Pat Loboyko, Rich Longmore, Jeff Porter, Patricia Smith and Jeff Strand
Format: Print + PDF, 160 pages with 8 colour plates.


Price: £23.95/$34.95 (US)


Source: http://pelgranepress.com/site/?p=8290


Le Livre des Fourmis: An Investigator’s Guide to The Dreamlands
(The Book of Ants)


From City of Light to Palaces of Dream


Evocative, enigmatic, and haunted by airborne polyps, The Book of Ants, a.k.a Livre des Fourmis, gives Trail of Cthulhu Keepers and players an essential window into Paris of the 20s and 30s, and into the Dreamlands beyond.


From November 1918 to September 1929, the young poet Henri Salem fell in with the surrealists of Paris. Swept up by the imperious charisma of group leader André Breton, he rapidly found himself sharing cafe tables with the key figures of this most influential and fractious art movement of the pre-war period. According to this, his diary of the era, he traded quips with Marcel Duchamp, feared the madness of Antonin Artaud, and served as model for the famous shot of ants crawling from a hole in a man’s hand in Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel’s scandalous film Un Chien Andalou.


If his tale can be fully believed, he stepped with them from waking Paris to an ancient yet surprisingly malleable realm of dream. (Save for Breton, who could never make the leap.) There he walked alongside such Mythos figures as Randolph Carter, King Kuranes and the ghoul once known as Richard Pickman.


As such his diary serves as an indispensable guide to anyone wishing to explore the dangerous demimonde of the Parisian art scene, where disagreements over aesthetics are often settled with knife wounds and broken bones. Even more, it provides a rare look into the ever-shifting shores of the Dreamlands, just as its air of the fantastical gives way to horrific reflections of a world spinning into chaos and death.


Author: Robin D. Laws
Artist: Sarah Wroot
Format: Print + PDF, 184 pages


Price: £12.95/$19.95 (US)


Source: http://pelgranepress.com/site/?p=16049


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Both titles are available from Pelgrane's web shop.


The inspirational seeds for Dreamhounds of Paris I captured on film at Dragonmeet 2011, as you can see here:


Wow.  Color me pleasantly surprised, as I thought it was sure to be a 2015 release.

The print edition is due January 2015.


Examples of pages (including colour art) have also been posted.


Dreamhounds of Paris - Sample Pages

I need to fallow the Trial of Cthulhu a little more closely, some of this stuff sounds pretty interesting and as with most I almost always love the art. Thanks for sharing!

04 Nov 2014 01:11 AM

I still have a few books on my ToC list to fill out my collection when I get some spare cash, but these two just shot to the top of the list!

Will you be showcasing this at Dragonmeet? I'm looking forward to playing celebrity stammerer A. Artaud.

A few more examples of illustrations for Dreamhounds of Paris can be found via:



@golfsale S-s-s-sans blague!


I'm hoping to run some at DM, although I'm not sure what yet.

Pelgrane have confirmed that print copies of these books will debut at Dragonmeet in early December.

20 Nov 2014 01:28 AM

Apparently Ken and Robin (the author) will be dedicating a segment of their next few podcasts to promoting Dreamhounds through discussing the major figures and events of the Parisian surrealist movement so as to get us all in the mood!

I read this and thought "Awesome! They released the pdf for sale much earlier than usual."  Then I go to purchase the pdf and have to get all sad and patient.  Oh, well good things come to those who wait and all that.