Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, Second Edition

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Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, Second Edition


Publisher: Oakland, CA : Chaosium, Inc., 1998

Page Count: 428 p.

Author(s): Daniel Harms; Shannon Appel, timeline

Artist(s): H. E. Fassl, cover; Dave Carson, interior art; M. Wayne Miller, new symbols


A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror, Expanded and Revised Second Edition.


  • Foreword
  • Encyclopedia, A-Z
  • Appendix A: History of the Necronomicon
  • Appendix B: Locations of the Necronomicon
  • Appendix C: Contents of the Necronomicon
  • Appendix D: Timeline of the Mythos
  • Bibliography

Back Cover Text

This new 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 "A Brief History of the Cthulhu Mythos", which examines the evolution of the genre from the 1920s to today.

The Cthulhu Mythos was created by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), a Providence, RI, author considered by many to be the finest horror writer of the twentieth century. Lovecraft's tales are a blend of fantasy, science fiction, and especially horror. Some of his stories describe a pantheon of powerful beings from beyond the stars, the Great Old Ones- among them Cthulhu, the sleeper beneath the sea.

Since Lovecraft's time the Cthulhu Mythos has grown exponentially and has become increasingly difficult to keep track of, even for devoted fans. Many writers have contributed to it, including Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, August Derleth, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, and Brian Lumley. This book is the largest comprehensive guide to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos ever published.

Comments, Trivia

Chaosium publication 6022. ISBN 1-56882-119-0.

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