Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan
“It is said that knowledge comes only to those who seek it; but some knowledge pursues us without respite or mercy.” —Hsan the Greater, 2nd cent. A.D.
Written by the Chinese philosopher Hsan the Greater around the 2nd century A.D., the work’s original title was the Seven Cryptical Books of Earth. Although Hsan’s original is long lost, accurate copies in Chinese are well known. The oldest are on scrolls, each scroll containing one of the seven books. Each book covers a different topic and includes one or more spells pertaining to the subject.
- Book One
- The works of Huang-Ti, the Yellow Emperor; his miraculous inventions and cures.
- Spell: Restore Life (Resurrection)
- Book Two
- Ritual cannibalism and ghoulish cults.
- Spell: Contact Ghoul.
- Book Three
- Spirits of the Air.
- Spell: Call Down Spirit (Summon/Bind Byakhee).
- Book Four
- Spirits of the Earth and their relationship to earthquakes.
- Spell: Call Forth the Earth Spirit (Contact Chthonian).
- Book Five
- Deep Ones off the south China coast and their human devotees; space and time; the hounds of Tindalos and the Liao drug.
- Spell: Contact Hound of Tindalos.
- Book Six
- The Plateau of Leng in Central Asia and Unknown Kadath; their history and inhabitants.
- Spell: Door to Kadath (Gate to Kadath).
- Book Seven
- Nyarlathotep and his many forms; the rising of R’lyeh and the second coming of Cthulhu; Azathoth as the beginning and the end. A general pantheon of gods and beings of a general wishful pattern an almost bureaucratic ordering of diverse deities.
- Spell: Contact Deity/Nyarlathotep.
An accurate Chinese copy is the most complete and potent.
An English language version called the Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan was supposedly made and smuggled out of China in the late 19th century. More than one copy may exist at this time, though none have ever surfaced.