List of Cthulhu Mythos books

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Many fictional works of arcane literature appear in H. P. Lovecraft's cycle of interconnected works often known as the Cthulhu Mythos. The main literary purpose of these works is to explain how characters within the tales come by occult or esoterica (knowledge that is unknown to the general populace). However, in some cases the works themselves serve as an important plot device. Thus, in Robert Bloch's tale "The Shambler from the Stars", a weird fiction writer seals his doom by casting a spell from the arcane book De Vermis Mysteriis.

The most famous work appearing in the mythos is the Necronomicon.

Another purpose of these tomes was to give members of the Lovecraft Circle a means to pay homage to one another. Consequently, Clark Ashton Smith used Lovecraft's Necronomicon (his most prominent creation) in Smith's tale "Ubbo-Sathla". Likewise, Lovecraft used Robert E. Howard's Nameless Cults in his tale "Out of the Aeons". Thereafter, these texts and others appear in the works of numerous other Mythos authors (some of whom have added their own grimoires to the literary arcana), including August Derleth, Lin Carter, Brian Lumley, Jonathan L. Howard, and Ramsey Campbell.

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Book of AzathothEdit

He must meet the Black Man, and go with them all to the throne of Azathoth at the centre of ultimate Chaos. That was what she said. He must sign in his own blood the book of Azathoth and take a new secret name now that his independent delvings had gone so far.
—H. P. Lovecraft, "The Dreams in the Witch House"

The Book of Azathoth is a creation of Lovecraft's. It is mentioned in "The Dreams in the Witch House" as a book harbored by Nyarlathotep in the form of the Black Man (or Satan). The protagonist, Walter Gilman, is forced to sign the book in his blood, pledging his soul to the Other Gods. The idea of the book is likely based on classical descriptions of witch-cults, Satanic rites, and the signing away of souls.

Other authors have expanded on the Book. Michael Alan Nelson writes (in his Fall of Cthulhu series for Boom! Studios) that the signer attracts the attention of the Other Gods by writing their name in the book. Glynn Owen Barrass states (in The Starry Wisdom Library) that the book praises the Lovecraftian pantheon and renounces/mocks the Christian scripture.

Book of EibonEdit

. . . The Book of Eibon, that strangest and rarest of occult forgotten volumes ... is said to have come down through a series of manifold translations from a prehistoric original written in the lost language of Hyperborea.
—Clark Ashton Smith, "Ubbo-Sathla"

The Book of Eibon, or Liber Ivonis or Livre d'Eibon, is attributed to Clark Ashton Smith and can be said to be his equivalent of Lovecraft's Necronomicon.[1] It appears in a number of Lovecraft's stories, such as "The Haunter of the Dark" (Liber Ivonis), "The Dreams in the Witch House" (Book of Eibon), "The Horror in the Museum" (Book of Eibon), "The Shadow Out of Time" (Book of Eibon) and "The Man of Stone", a collaboration with Hazel Heald (Book of Eibon).

The book is supposed to have been written by Eibon, a wizard in the land of Hyperborea. It was an immense text of arcane knowledge that contained, among other things, a detailed account of Eibon's exploits, including his journeys to the Vale of Pnath and the planet Shaggai, his veneration rituals of Zhothaqquah (Eibon's patron deity), and his magical formulae—such as for the slaying of certain otherworldly horrors. Unfortunately, only one complete fragment of the original is known to exist, scattered in different places of our world, though there are translations in English, French, and LatinLiber Ivonis is the title of the Latin translation.[2]

Smith presents his short story "The Coming of the White Worm" as Chapter IX of the Book of Eibon.[3]

Lin Carter wrote numerous 'completions' or imitations of Clark Ashton Smith stories which purported to be various sections of the Book of Eibon.

Outside of Smith's and Lovecraft's mythoses, the book notably appears in Lucio Fulci's supernatural horror film The Beyond (1981), where inappropriate use of it opened up one of the seven gates of Hell, allowing its zombie-like denizens to cross over.[1]

Ref   AG, AN, AX, BA, CW, DW, HA, HD, LE, RB, PW, S5, TN, UB, VP, XM, YU 

Book of IodEdit

The Book of Iod was created by Henry Kuttner and first appeared in his short story "Bells of Horror" (as Keith Hammond; 1939). The original Book of Iod, of which only one copy exists, is written in the "Ancient Tongue," possibly a combination of Greek and Coptic. Although its origin is unknown, the book may have been written by the mysterious author "Khut-Nah," which sounds remarkably like Kuttner. The Book of Iod contains details about Iod, the Shining Hunter, Vorvados, and Zuchequon. The Huntington Library of San Marino, California is said to hold an expurgated translation, possibly in Latin, by Johann Negus.[4]

The Book of Iod was also the title of a short-story collection published by Chaosium in 1995, containing ten Cthulhu Mythos stories by Henry Kuttner, along with three related stories by Kuttner, Robert Bloch, Lin Carter, and Robert M. Price.

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Celaeno FragmentsEdit

The Celaeno Fragments is credited to August Derleth. In his novel The Trail of Cthulhu, "Celaeno" refers to a distant planet that contains a huge library of alien literature. Professor Laban Shrewsbury and his companions traveled to Celaeno several times to escape Cthulhu's minions. Shrewsbury later wrote the Celaeno Fragments, a transcript of what he remembered of his translations of the books in the Great Library of Celaeno. He submitted the transcript, which consisted of about fifty pages, to the Miskatonic University's library in 1915.

Ref   BK, GW, HC, XM 

Cthäat AquadingenEdit

The Cthäat Aquadingen, possibly meaning Things of the Water (As Aquadingen can be translated from Dutch into Water/Aqua things), was created by Brian Lumley for his short story "The Cyprus Shell" (1968). This text, by an unknown author, deals with Cthulhu and other sea-horrors, such as Inpesca. It also contains many so-called Sathlattae, rituals and spells related to Ubbo-Sathla. It is first mentioned as appearing in northern Germany around 400 AD. A Latin version was apparently written between the 11th and 12th century, as was an English translation that appeared sometime in the 14th century.

Ref   BO, BU, KB, OK, RD, UT, YE 

Cultes des GoulesEdit

Cultes des Goules, or Cults of Ghouls, was created by Robert Bloch (August Derleth claimed to have invented the fictional text, but this was denied by both Lovecraft and Bloch himself).[5] The work is often misattributed to August Derleth because the fictional author is the "Comte d'Erlette".[6] It is a book on black magic, and the uses of the dead written by Francois-Honore Balfour (Comte d'Erlette) in 1702. It was first published in France, and later denounced by the church. Only a handful of copies are in existence. One of the known copies was kept for 91 years in an arcane library of the Church of Starry Wisdom in Providence, Rhode Island. After Robert Blake’s mysterious death in 1935, Doctor Dexter removed the grimoire and added it to his library.

Cultes des Goules is mentioned numerous times in the works of Caitlin R. Kiernan and plays an especially important role in her 2003 novel Low Red Moon. The text is also prominently mentioned in her short story "Spindleshanks (New Orleans, 1956)" — collected in To Charles Fort, With Love (2005).

The book Cultes des Goules is also mentioned in passing as being part of a collection that was discovered in the titular castle in the 1981 novel The Keep, but does not appear in the 1983 movie based on the book.

Ref   AX, CB, DM, GG, HD, ST, SU, XM 

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De Vermis MysteriisEdit

De Vermis Mysteriis, or Mysteries of the Worm, is a grimoire created by Robert Bloch, first appearing in Bloch's short story 'The Secret in the Tomb" (Weird Tales, May 1935) [7] and featured extensively in Bloch's "The Shambler from the Stars" (1935). It also was used by Stephen King in his short story "Jerusalem's Lot" and novel Revival.

Ref   AX, BR, EK, ET, FG, HD, IN, LW, NP, SF, ST, YT 

Dhol ChantsEdit

The Dhol Chants was first mentioned in the short story "The Horror In The Museum" (1932) by Lovecraft and Hazel Heald. They are alluded to in passing as a semi-mythical collection of chants attributed to the almost-human people of Leng. The chants themselves are never described, nor do they appear in any other of Lovecraft's works. August Derleth later used the chants in his stories "The Gable Window" (1957), The Lurker at the Threshold (1945), and "The Shadow Out of Space" (1957).

Miskatonic University's library is said to hold a copy of the Dhol Chants.

Ref   GH, GW, HM, LT, SO, XM, YK 

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Eltdown ShardsEdit

Richard F. Searight invented The Eltdown Shards in a head-note (which purported to be a quotation from this text) to his story "The Sealed Casket" (Weird Tales, March 1935). The story was actually published in that issue without the headnote. Lovecraft later quoted the unpublished headnote in a letter to Clark Ashton Smith, "leading some to believe that he wrote it".[8] He cited the book in The Shadow Out of Time and The Challenge from Beyond.

The Eltdown Shards are mentioned in numerous mythos stories. They are mysterious pottery fragments found in 1882 and named after the place where they were discovered, Eltdown in southern England. The shards date to the Triassic period and are covered with strange symbols thought to be untranslatable. Nonetheless, several authors have penned their own interpretations of the markings, including Gordon Whitney and his The Eltdown Shards: A Partial Translation. Many of these works, as well as a number of non-academic versions, have circulated among secretive cults.

Whitney's translation is remarkably similar to the Pnakotic Manuscripts, a text produced by the Great Race of Yith. The translation describes Yith, the planet from which the Great Race came, and the Great Race's fateful encounter with the Yekubians. A magical formula from the nineteenth shard is for the summoning of the "Warder of Knowledge"; unfortunately, the dismissal portion of the ritual is garbled, so the summoning of this being could prove calamitous. Despite its connections to the Great Race, the Eltdown Shards were most likely inscribed by the Elder Things, who probably buried the ceramics in England when it was part of the great supercontinent Pangaea.[9]

Ref   CF, EC, HG, WW2, S5, ST, WK, XM, YT 

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G'harne FragmentsEdit

The G'harne Fragments first appeared in the works of Brian Lumley. They are described as a set of miraculously preserved shards of obsidian or some other black stone that record the history of the pre-human African city of G'harne. The lost city is located somewhere in the southern Sahara Desert, and is currently a frequent haunt of the chthonians.

The two primary translators of the fragments are Sir Amery Wendy-Smith and Gordon Walmsley. Both of these scholars died in Lumley's works: Sir Amery in "Cement Surroundings" (1969) and Walmsley in "In the Vaults Beneath" (1971).

Ref   BU, CS, IV, NN, TC, XM 

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The King in YellowEdit

The King in Yellow is a widely censored play. Its author is unknown, and is believed to have committed suicide after publishing it in 1889. The play is named after a mysterious supernatural figure featured in it, who is connected to a peculiar alien symbol, usually wrought in gold, called the Yellow Sign. Though the first act is said to be "innocent", all who read the play's second act either go mad or suffer another terrible fate. Its setting and events include mysterious places and entities such as Carcosa, Hastur, and the Lake of Hali, names that Chambers borrowed from the writings of Ambrose Bierce.

The play was first imagined in a collection of short stories by Robert W. Chambers also named The King in Yellow, published in 1895. Lovecraft was a fan of the book and included references to the Lake of Hali and the Yellow Sign in his short story "The Whisperer in Darkness" (1930). August Derleth later expanded on this connection in his own stories, rendering Hastur as an evil deity related to Cthulhu and the King In Yellow as one of his incarnations. Karl Edward Wagner and Joseph S. Pulver returned Chambers creations to their original cosmic horror roots. Both are great advocates of Chambers' work and have written many stories that utilize Chambers creations. Pulver also edited an anthology of Chambers inspired stories called A Season in Carcosa.

Ref   MI, OD, RP, YS 

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Liber IvonisEdit

See Book of Eibon.

The Haunter of the Dark

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NecronomiconEdit

The Necronomicon is arguably the most famous (or infamous) of Lovecraft's grimoires. It appears in a number of Lovecraft's stories, as well as in the writings of other authors.

Ref   AM, AR, BO, BU, CA, DH, DQ, DW, ES, FE, FH, FS, HC, HD, HG, HO, IU, KB, KK, LT, NC, NG, NM, NW, OA, OB, OK, OP, PE, PJ, PL, PM, PS, RB, RL, S2, S3, S4, SD, SH, SM3, ST, SX, TC, TD, TG, TN, UV, XM, YB, YN 

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On the Sending Out of the SoulEdit

On the Sending Out of the Soul appears in Henry Kuttner's short story "Hydra" (1939). It is an eight-page pamphlet on astral projection. The pamphlet appeared in Salem, Massachusetts in 1783 and circulated among occult groups. Most copies were destroyed in the wake of a series of grisly murders.

The first seven pages of the pamphlet contain vague mystic writing; however, the eighth page details a formula for effecting astral travel. Among the required ingredients are a brazier and the drug Cannabis indica. The formula is always successful but has an unforeseen side effect: it invokes the horrid Outer God the Hydra.[10]

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Parchments of PnomEdit

The Parchments of Pnom is a manuscript written by Hyperborea's leading genealogist and soothsayer. It is written in the "Elder Script" of that land and contains a detailed account of the lineage of the Hyperborean gods, most notably Tsathoggua.

Ref   BL, CW, PN, LE, MT 

Pnakotic ManuscriptsEdit

The Pnakotic Manuscripts were created by H. P. Lovecraft and first appeared in his short story "Polaris". They are noteworthy for being the first of Lovecraft's fictional arcane books.[11] They were named after the place where it was kept, the city of Pnakotus, a primordial metropolis built by the Great Race of Yith. The Great Race is credited with authoring the Manuscripts, though other scribes would add to it over the ages. According to Lovecraft's story "The Other Gods," the Pnakotic Manuscripts originated in "frozen Lomar", a region in the Dreamlands.

F. Paul Wilson is among the authors who have referred to this collection in their own work; a collated version of the Manuscripts appears in Wilson's novel The Keep.

Ref   AF, AM, BU, DQ, HD, HG, HM, OG, PO, S5, ST, TG, WD, WK, XI, XM, YT 

Poakotic FragmentsEdit

Also known as Puahotic Fragments mentioned in H. P. Lovecraft's ghost writing "The Horror in the Museum".

Ponape ScriptureEdit

The Ponape Scripture first appeared in Lin Carter's short story "Out of the Ages" (1975). The Scripture is a manuscript found in the Caroline Islands by Captain Abner Exekiel Hoag sometime around 1734. The book showed signs of great age—its pages were made of palm leaves and its binding was of an ancient, now-extinct cycadean wood. It was written in Naacal (the language of Mu) and appears to have been authored by Imash-Mo, high priest of Ghatanothoa, and his successors. The book contains details of Mu and of Zanthu, high priest of Ythogtha. With the help of his servant Yogash (hinted to be a Deep One hybrid[12]), Hoag managed to write a translation of the manuscript. But when he tried to have it published, his efforts were thwarted by religious leaders who strongly objected to the book's references to Dagon. Nonetheless, copies of the Scripture have circulated among secretive cults (such as the Esoteric Order of Dagon) and other occult groups. After Hoag's death, his granddaughter, Beverly Hoag Adams, published an expurgated version of the book.

In contemporary times, other versions of the Ponape Scripture have seen print. Harold Hadley Copeland, a leading authority on the Scripture, produced a translation of the book, published in 1907 by Miskatonic University Press. Copeland also cited the book in his work The Prehistoric Pacific in Light of the 'Ponape Scripture (1911). The original version of the manuscript remains at the Kester Library in Salem, Massachusetts.[13]

Ref   DT, FO, OA, XM 

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Las Reglas de RuinaEdit

Las Reglas de Ruina (literally "the Rules of Ruin") first appeared in Joseph S. Pulver's novel Nightmare's Disciple. It is a tome written by Philip of Navarre in 1520, a Spanish friar of the 16th century. The book has been translated in English by Professors Theodore Hayward Gates and Pascal Chevillion in 1714 and describes the Great Old One Kassogtha, sister and incestuous bride of Cthulhu. The book also foretells of the coming of a messiah of destruction, who would be born in the western land of the red savage across the great ocean in Columbus' New World, a man that shall set the Great Old One free from her stellar prison. Livia Llewellyn elaborated on this, describing the violent sexual acts committed by Kassogtha worshipers.

Ref   NH 

Revelations of Gla'akiEdit

The Revelations of Gla'aki first appeared in Ramsey Campbell's short story "The Inhabitant of the Lake" (1964). It was written by the undead cult worshipping the Great Old One Gla'aki. Whenever Gla'aki slept, the members of his cult had periods of free will, and, since they were part of Gla'aki and shared his memories, they wrote down what they remembered of their master's thoughts. The cult's handwritten manuscripts later came to be known as the Revelations of Gla'aki. The text originally contained eleven volumes, nine in the carefully abridged published edition, but it may have had more at different times in the past.[14] Rumor has it that Mythos Scholar, Antonius Quine, once published a corrected edition of the Revelations of Gla'aki bound in a single volume.[15]

Ref   CP, IL, NK, PL 

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Seven Cryptical Books of HsanEdit

The Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan is a collection of writings mentioned by Lovecraft in "The Other Gods" (1921) and "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" (1926). In both stories, the books are mentioned in conjunction with the Pnakotic Manuscripts. They are kept in the temple of the Elder Ones in the city of Ulthar; no other existing copies are mentioned in Lovecraft's works. Barzai the Wise studied the books before his journey to see the gods dancing on Mount Hatheg-Kla, while Randolph Carter consulted them during his quest to reach Kadath. Other than that, little is known about them.

The collection can be considered to be an analogue to the I Ching, a Chinese text of cosmology and divination.

Ref   DQ, EW, HG, HH, OG, PI, TY, XM 

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Tarsioid PsalmsEdit

The Tarsioid Psalms are a collection of writings dating back the early Cenozoic Era, probably attributed to a primate-folk which lived in North America during Paleocene/Eocene times. They describe the evil destructive entity named Ngyr-Korath and its spawn, the Great Old One 'Ymnar.

Ref   HW3 

Testaments of CarnamagosEdit

Now, as he sat there in a state half terror, half stupor, his eyes were drawn to the wizard volume before him: the writings of that evil sage and seer, Carnamagos, which had been recovered a thousand years ago from some Graeco-Bactrian tomb, and transcribed by an apostate monk in the original Greek, in the blood of an incubus-begotten monster. In that volume were the chronicles of great sorcerers of old, and the histories of demons earthly and ultra-cosmic, and the veritable spells by which the demons could be called up and controlled and dismissed.
—Clark Ashton Smith, "The Treader of the Dust"

The Testaments of Carnamagos was created by Clark Ashton Smith and first appeared in his short story "Xeethra" (1934). The text is featured more prominently in Smith's "The Treader of the Dust" (1935). Confusedly, Xeethra is set in the far distant future on Zothique, earth's last continent, whereas "The Treader of the Dust" is set in (Smith's) current times.

The book gives a description of the Great Old One Quachil Uttaus, among others. Only two copies are known of, though one was destroyed during the Spanish Inquisition. The only remaining copy is bound in shagreen, and fastened with hasps of human bone.

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Unaussprechlichen KultenEdit

Unaussprechlichen Kulten was created by Robert E. Howard, and was written by the fictional Friedrich von Junzt. Howard originally called the book Nameless Cults, but both Lovecraft and Derleth gave it the German title which can translate to either Unspeakable Cults or Unpronounceable Cults (both meaning of the word are in common usage).

The name is grammatically incorrect. In proper German it would be named either 'Unaussprechliche Kulte' or 'Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten' (Of Unspeakable Cults).

Ref   BN, CN, HD, HG, NR, OE, WB, XM 

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Zanthu TabletsEdit

The Zanthu Tablets first appeared in "The Dweller in the Tomb" (1971), by Lin Carter. The centerpiece of the story is the discovery of the tablets, which are an important part of Carter's Xothic legend cycle.

The tablets themselves are twelve engraved pieces of black jade inscribed by Zanthu, a wizard and high priest of Ythogtha. They are written in a hieratic form of Naacal, the language of the sunken continent of Mu. The tablets reveal a partial history of Mu, describing Zanthu's struggle against the rising cult of Ghatanothoa and his own religion's lamented decline. He also describes his failed attempt to release the god Ythogtha from its prison. Upon witnessing three black, beaked, slimy heads, "vaster than any mountain", rising from a gorge, he flees in terror when he realizes that they are merely the god's fingertips. According to Zanthu, he and some of his people escaped the destruction of Mu, which was sunk by the wrath of the Elder Gods.

In 1913, guided by the Ponape Script, Harold Hadley Copeland led an expedition into Indochina to locate the plateau of Tsang and to find the tomb of Zanthu. After the other members of the expedition died or deserted him, Copeland pressed on, eventually reaching his goal. Opening the tomb, he was horrified to discover that the mummified face of Zanthu resembled his own. Later wandering into a Mongolian outpost, a starving and raving Copeland was the only survivor of the expedition.

Copeland published a brochure entitled The Zanthu Tablets: A Conjectural Translation in 1916. He made the rough translation using a key borrowed from the estate of Colonel Churchward, the last qualified translator of ancient Naacal, and heavily edited it out of a concern for "public sanity". The controversial brochure was later denounced by the academic community and was suppressed by the authorities. Copeland's later manuscripts were never published. Ten years after the publication of the brochure, Copeland died in an asylum.

Carter's story "The Thing in the Pit" in his Lost Worlds purports to be a translation from the Zanthu Tablets.

Ref   DT, OA, SV, TP 

Zhou TextsEdit

An ancient manuscript found in Asia, written circa in 1100 BC during Zhou dynasty. It contains the rituals to summon the Great Old One Kassogtha.

Ref   NH 

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The following is a list of miscellaneous books—both real and fictitious—appearing in the Cthulhu Mythos. Along with the use of arcane literature, texts which innately possess supernatural powers or effects, there is also a strong tradition of fictional works or fictionalizing real works in the Mythos. The main literary purpose of books in the Mythos is to explain how characters within the tales come by occult or esoteric knowledge that is unknown to the general populace. However, in some cases the works themselves serve as important plot devices or simply opportunities for members of the Lovecraft Circle to pay homage to one another and other sources.

OverviewEdit

The following table[16] is organized as follows:

  • Title. The title of the work as it appears in the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • Fict/Real. Fictitious works are denoted by F; real-life works by R.
  • Author. The person or character credited as the author of the work. Authors of nonfictional works are real people. If the author is fictitious, the name of the writer who created the work appears in parenthesis after the character's name. Surnames of Mythos writers are as follows:
  • Notes. A brief summary of the work.

Table-a (A–D)Edit

Title Fict/
Real
Author Notes
An Investigation
into
Myth-Patterns
of Latter-Day
Primitives with
Especial Reference
to the R'lyeh Text
F
Prof. Laban Shrewsbury
(Derleth)
Ars Magna et Ultima
R
Ramon Llull (1235–1315) Ars Magna et Ultima roughly translates to Universal Art. The proper title of this work is Ars Magna, Generalis et Ultima (1517).
Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria
R
William Scott-Elliot This work is an omnibus volume, published in 1925, of the author's two earlier volumes, The Story of Atlantis (1896) and The Lost Lemuria (1904),
Azathoth and Other Horrors
F
Edward Pickman Derby (Lovecraft)
The Black Rites
F
Luveh-Keraphf
(Bloch)
Book of Azathoth
F
(Lovecraft) In Lovecraft's fiction, it is a book carried by Nyarlathotep in his aspect as the Black Man which initiates must sign in blood to enter into his service. It is also said to contain prose in imitation of Scripture that ridicules Christianity and glorifies the Outer Gods.[17]
Book of Dzyan
R
Blavatsky The Book of Dzyan purports to be an ancient text of Tibetan origin, but only came to light in the late nineteenth century and may be a forgery dating from that time.
Book of Hidden Things
F
Originally created by William Lumley in his draft version of The Diary of Alonzo Typer, the book was retained by Lovecraft when he revised the story, though it receives only passing mention.
Book of Thoth
F
A book from Egyptian mythology but an actual text in mythos stories.
Cabala of Saboth
R
(Robert Bloch) First mentioned by name in "The Secret in the Tomb" (1935). According to Bloch's story "The Mannikin", it was published in a Greek translation in 1686.
Clavis Alchimiae
R
Robert Fludd (1574–1637) An unpublished manuscript, copied by an amanuensis, and headed Declaratio breuis, &c., is in the Royal manuscripts, British Library, 12 C. ii. Fludd's Opera consist of his folios, not reprinted, but collected and arranged in six volumes in 1638; appended is a Clavis Philosophiæ et Alchimiæ Fluddanæ, Frankfort, 1633.
Commentaries on Witchcraft
F
Mycroft (Bloch) The fictitious author Mycroft may allude to Sherlock Holmes' brother, Mycroft Holmes.
Cryptomenysis Patefacta
R
John Falconer The title of this work, first published in 1685, translates to "The Art of Secret Information Disclosed without a Key". Lovecraft found this work in the entry on "Cryptography" in the 9th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica and included it, along with other titles from the same article, in his story "The Dunwich Horror" (1929).
Cthulhu in the Necronomicon
F
Prof. Laban Shrewsbury
(Derleth)
The work is Professor Shrewsbury's supposed sequel to his An Investigation into Myth-Patterns of Latter-Day Primitives. Shrewsbury's unfinished work was published posthumously following his alleged demise. The original manuscript is kept at the Miskatonic University library.
Daemonolatreia
R
Remigius Remigius is the Latinized pen name for Nicholas Remy (1530–1612), an infamous French judge who presided over witchcraft trials. During a fifteen-year period, he convicted and sentenced to death about nine hundred reputed witches. His work, Daemonolatreia or Demonolatry, is a compendium of information about witchcraft, intended to be used for prosecuting alleged witches.
The Daemonolorum
F
(Bloch)
De Furtivis Literarum Notis
R
Giovanni Battista della Porta (1535?–1615) The title means "On the Secret Symbols of Letters". Like Cryptomenysis Patefacta, Lovecraft found the work under "Cryptography" in the 20th century edition of Encyclopædia Britannica.
De Lapide Philosophico
R
Johannes Trithemius (1462–1516)
De Masticatione Mortuorum in Tumulis
F
Ranft [1734]
(Bloch)
The title means "On the Eating of the Dead in the Tomb", a reference to a legend that claims that entombed corpses, driven by pangs of hunger, feed on their burial shrouds and even their own rotting flesh. Two real-life books share this title, one by Michael Raufft (1728) and the other by Philip Rehrius (1679).

Table-b (G–P)Edit

Title Fict/
Real
Author Notes
Ghorl Nigral
F
(Willis Conover) An invention of one of Lovecraft's correspondents.
Image
du Monde
R
Gauthier de Metz L'Image du monde (French, the image of the world) or Imago Mundi, an encyclopedic work about creation, the Earth and the universe, wherein facts are mixed with fantasy
Invocations to Dagon
F
(Derleth)
Key of Wisdom
R
Artephius
Kryptographik
R
J.H. Klüber A real book on cryptography, published 1809.
Liber Damnatus
F
(Lovecraft)
Liber Investigationis
R
Geber (c. 721–c. 815)[18] Liber investigationis magisterii
Magyar Folklore
F
Dornly
(Howard)
Marvells of Science
F
Morryster (Lovecraft) Though mentioned by Lovecraft, the book was actually created by Ambrose Bierce in his story "The Man and the Snake" (1890).
Night-Gaunt
F
Edgar Hengist Gordon
(Bloch)
Observations on the several parts of Africa
F
Sir Wade Jermyn
(Lovecraft)
Of Evill
Sorceries done
in New-England
of Daemons
in no Humane Shape
F
(Lovecraft & Derleth)
Occultus
F
Heiriarchus
(Bloch)
Polygraphia
R
Johannes Trithemius (1462–1516) Another book on cryptography from the Encyclopædia Britannica that Lovecraft mentions in "The Dunwich Horror".

Table-c (R–Z)Edit

Title Fict/
Real
Author Notes
Regnum Congo
R
Filippo Pigafetta
Remnants of
Lost Empires
F
Otto Dostman
(Howard)
Sadducismus Triumphatus
R
Joseph Glanvill A revised edition was published in London in 1681.
The Saurian Age
F
Banfort
(Lovecraft & Derleth)
The Seventh Book of Moses
R
(Derleth) A work supposedly written by Moses that purports to be a lost book of the Bible. Lin Carter, referring to the Lewis de Claremont edition in his collection, called the work a "sloppy literary forgery".[19]
The Soul of Chaos
F
Edgar Hengist Gordon
(Bloch)
Sussex Manuscript
F
(Fred L. Pelton) Pelton, a Lovecraft fan in Lincoln, Nebraska, wrote the work as an alleged English translation of the Necronomicon. Derleth, who was initially interested in the book and intended to publish it, mentioned it in his novel The Trail of Cthulhu to make it part of the mythos canon. Although Arkham House never published the work, it was printed in a special issue of Crypt of Cthulhu #63 (Eastertide 1989).
The Tablets of Nhing
F
(Lovecraft & E. Hoffman Price) They are engraved tablets kept on the planet Yaddith which the wizard Zkauba consulted in "Through the Gates of the Silver Key" (1934).
Thaumaturgicall
Prodigies in the
New-English Canaan
F
Rev. Ward Phillips
(Lovecraft)
Although created by Lovecraft, the book is featured more prominently in Derleth's posthumous collaboration The Lurker at the Threshold (1945).
Thesaurus Chemicus
R(?)
Roger Bacon Although Roger Bacon is cited as the writer of the work in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, the provenance of Thesaurus Chemicus is not known. A similar work on alchemy, Speculum Alchemiae (1541), is credited to Bacon, though he may not have been its author.
Traicté
des Chiffres
R
Blaise de Vigenère Vigenère was a leading European authority on cryptography and wrote a similarly titled book, Traicté des Chiffres ou d'Escrire, which was published in Paris in 1586.
Turba Philosophorum
R
(Lovecraft) A book of alchemy whose title means "Gathering of Philosophers", published in Basel in 1613.
The Witch-Cult in Western Europe
R
Dr. Margaret Alice Murray Lovecraft cited this work as early as "The Horror at Red Hook" (1927).
We Pass From View
F
Roland Franklyn (Campbell)
Zohar
R
(Lovecraft) Actual key work of Jewish kabbalism

ReferencesEdit

  • Harms, Daniel (1998). The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: Chaosium. ISBN 1-56882-119-0.
  • Carter, Lin; Robert M. Price; S. T. Joshi (2001). "H. P. Lovecraft: The Books". In Darrell Schweitzer (ed.). Discovering H. P. Lovecraft. Holicong, PA: Wildside Press. ISBN 1-58715-471-4.
  • Pearsall, Anthony B. (2005). The Lovecraft Lexicon (1st ed.). Tempe, AZ: New Falcon. ISBN 1-56184-129-3.
  • Stanley, Joan L (1995). Ex Libris Miskatonici: A Catalogue of Selected Items from the Special Collections in the Miskatonic University Library (2nd ed.). West Warwick, RI: Necronomicon Press. ISBN 0940884569.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ben Larned (June 1, 2017). "Forbidden Tomes: Books to Films – The Literary Influences on Lucio Fulci". Daily Dead. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Harms, "Book of Eibon", The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, pp. 30–3.
  3. ^ The Coming of the White Worm
  4. ^ Harms, "Book of Iod", The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, p. 33.
  5. ^ Robert M. Price (1985). "H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos". Crypt of Cthulhu. 5 (1): 11, footnote #11. Robert M. Price (ed.), Mount Olive, NC: Cryptic Publications.
  6. ^ S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, Westport CT; Greenwood Press, 2001, p. 22
  7. ^ S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2001, p. 22
  8. ^ S. T. Joshi; David Schultz, eds. (2001). An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 232.
  9. ^ Harms, "Ponape Scripture", The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, pp. 102–3.
  10. ^ Henry Kuttner selected and edited by Robert M. Price; chapter decorations by Dreyfus. (1995) [1939]. "Hydra". In Robert M. Price (ed.). The Azathoth Cycle. Oakland, CA: Chaosium. ISBN 1-56882-040-2.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Joshi & Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, p. 187.
  12. ^ The servant in question is referred to as a "half-breed Polynesian or Oriental", though the character Professor Harold Hadley Copeland claimed that he was a "hybrid human/Deep One". (Lin Carter edited by Gerald W. Page. (1975) [1975]. "Out of the Ages". In Gerald W. Page (ed.). Nameless Places. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. p. 193. ISBN 0-87054-073-4.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link))
  13. ^ Harms, "Ponape Scripture", The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, pp. 244–5.
  14. ^ Ramsey Campbell Ramsey Campbell. (1987) [1964]. "The Inhabitant of the Lake". Cold Print (1st ed.). New York, NY: Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 0-8125-1660-5.
  15. ^ A twelfth volume had a different origin than the original eleven, written by an old recluse living near the lake where Gla'aki lives, from his dreams. When he died, the book wound up in a job lot, and came into the possession of the god Y'golonac, who uses it in his search for a high priest. Notes on The Revelations of Glaaki Archived July 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Compiled from Lin Carter's "H. P. Lovecraft: The Books" (2001).
  17. ^ Harms, "Book of Azathoth", The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, p. 29.
  18. ^ Darrell Schweitzer (2001). Discovering H. P. Lovecraft: Essays on America's Master Writer of Horror. Wildside Press LLC. pp. 121–. ISBN 978-1-58715-471-3. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  19. ^ Carter, "H. P. Lovecraft: The Books", Discovering H. P. Lovecraft, p. 139.

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