S. Petersen's Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters


Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 5105

Publishing Year: 1988

Pages: 64

Cover Price: $##.##

Author(s): Sandy Petersen

Artist(s): Tom Sullivan

Setting(s): N/A

Format(s): Softcover, full-colour, extensively illustrated


The bulk of this volume is a series of non-game descriptions of a variety of Cthulhu Mythos gods and creatures, each accompanied by a full-colour painting (most are full-page illustrations).

In addition to these entries, the book includes an Introduction, a Scientific Key, a Relative Size chart, and Recommended Reading.

The creatures/entities covered in this Field Guide are:

Front Cover Text

A Field Observer's Handbook of Preternatural Entities

Paintings and Descriptions from the Cthulhu Mythos As Created by H.P. Lovecraft, With Augmentations for Today

The 27 Most Frequently Encountered Monsters

Back Cover Text

Weird shapes in the park? Odd rumbling noises in the basement? When you need to know what you're encountering, you need to know it fast - don't leave home without the Field Guide!

Paintings and Descriptions From the Cthulhu Mythos As Created by H.P. Lovecraft, With Augmentations for Today

  • Accurate and Complete
  • Over Two Dozen Often-Met Creatures
  • Quick-Reference Monster ID Key
  • 27 Evocative Full-Page Paintings
  • 50+ Illustrations and Silhouettes
  • Uniform Presentation of Data
  • Special Size Comparison Charts
  • Habitat, Distribution, and Life Cycle Notes
  • How to Distinguish Similar-Seeming Entities
  • Latest Hyper-Geometric Scholarship
  • Specialized Observer Warnings as Needed
  • Full Bibliography
  • Faithful to Lovecraft

Selected Pronunciations:
Azathoth: AZ-uh-thoth,
Byakhee: B'YAHK-hee,
Cthonian: kuh-THOEN-ee-un,
Cthulhu: kuh-THOO-loo,
Dhole: DOEL,
Ithaqua: ITH-uh-kwah,
Nyarlathotep: NIE-ar-LATH-oe-tep,
Shantak: SHAN-tak,
Shoggoth: SHOW-goth,
Shub-Niggurath: SHUB-NIG-ger-ath,
Tindalos: TIN-dahl-ose,
Yog-Sothoth: YAHG-SOE-thoth.

S. Petersen's Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters

A Field Observer's Handbook Of Preternatural Entities

silhouette of a Dimensional Shambler

Comments / Trivia

Dedicated to Robert Bloch. The title is a spoof on Petersons Bird Watching Field Guides.

Relative Sizes chart features a photograph of Sandy Petersen, Tom Sullivan and Lynn Willis as the human comparisons to the Monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos. Winner of the 1989 Origins Award for Best Graphic Presentation.

A follow-up field guide was published in the following year, S. Petersen's Field Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands.


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