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Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & Ranked

Our list of some of the best Cthulhu books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Call of Cthulhu Starter Set (2018)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedA WORLD OF MYSTERY, HORROR, AND ADVENTURE IN A BOX! This Starter Box contains everything you need to start playing Call of Cthulhu the tabletop roleplaying game of mystery and horror. Players take on the role of investigators of mysteries, uncovering dark secrets, encountering strange monsters, and thwarting sinister cults. Together, you and your friends create and develop a story in which each of your characters plays a leading role, which could be foiling some dastardly plot or stopping horrors from beyond space and time! Roleplaying gaming is a social pastime. Everyone works…
Author(s): Mike Mason

2. Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box (2016)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedThe signature character of author H. P. Lovecraft’s darkly fantastic fiction, Cthulhu is as emblematic for Lovecraft’s fans as Darth Vader is for Star Wars adherents. Both feared and worshipped in the stories, Cthulhu has since been the subject of new fiction, artwork, role-playing games, toys, and other items celebrating Lovecraft and fandom for weird tales. This totemic set includes a hand-painted figurine suitable for display or dark contemplation, an altarpiece stand, and a booklet discussing the Ancient One’s place in Lovecraft’s works and in…
Author(s): Steve Mockus

3. The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia (2008)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedThe third edition of this popular and extensive encyclopedia of the Cthulhu Mythos—updated with more fiction listings and recent material—this unique book spans the years of H. P. Lovecraft’s influence in culture, entertainment, and fiction. The expansive entries make this reference invaluable for anyone knowledgeable about the Cthulhu Mythos and a much-needed resource for those longing to learn about the cosmic horrors from past and present decades….
Author(s): Daniel Harms

4. Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen (Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying) (2016)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedAll the important rules and charts at a glance!  The Keeper Screen is an essential play aid for those running games of Call of Cthulhu.  A 4-panel Keeper Screen mounted on thick hardcover stock. One side, intended to face the players, portrays glorious artwork. The rear of the screen, the Keeper’s side, collects and summarizes important rules, statistics and charts, to assist the Keeper when running games. Also inside, are two scenarios set in Lovecraft Country during the 1920s: Blackwater Creek and Missed Dues. Twelve, ready to play, pre-generated investigators, and color maps of Lovecraft Country, the…
Author(s): Sandy Petersen, Mike Mason , et al.

5. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales (Vintage Classics) by H. P. Lovecraft (2011-05-05) (1792)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedPaperback Publisher: Vintage Classics (1792) ASIN: B01MTN74SO Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): H. P. Lovecraft

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedOne of the feature stories of the Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘the Call of Cthulhu’ is a harrowing tale of the weakness of the human mind when confronted by powers and intelligences from beyond our world. A truly fascinating, and truly terrifying, novella of fantasy!This collection of H. P. Lovecraft’s stories includes 7 short stories….
Author(s): H.P. Lovecraft

7. Black Wings of Cthulhu (Volume Six) (2018)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedFrom claustrophobic fear in isolated New England towns to terrifying threats that span the infinite cosmos, the tales herein are fuelled by H. P. Lovecraft’s creations. While his horrors originate in a vast cosmos outside of space and time, the terrors they bring strike ordinary humans caught up in conflicts far beyond their control. This volume offers a who’s who of Lovecraftian authors including Aaron Bittner, Adam Bolivar, Jason V Brock, Ashley Dioses, David Hambling, Lynne Jamneck, Mark Howard Jones, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tom Lynch, D. L….
Author(s): S. T. Joshi

8. History of Modern Art (2003)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedLong considered the survey of modern art, this edition retains its encyclopedic nature and chronological approach, but comes thoroughly reworked by Michael Bird—an experienced art history editor and writer—with refreshing new analyses, a considerably expanded picture program, and a more absorbing and unified narrative. It traces the development of trends and influences in painting, sculpture, photography and architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. For those who appreciate and want to learn more about art in…
Author(s): H. H. H Arnason, Peter Kalb

9. Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations (2019)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedTHE OBLITERATING SHADOWThe deadly dimensions over London have been sealed, and the monsters have departed. But word has come to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of a more terrifying creature still – the great Cthulhu has been sighted off the waters of Innsmouth, Massachusetts. Only Holmes can defeat him.And in the muddy village of Innsmouth, surrounded by villagers who are more sea-monster than human, Holmes meets again his nemesis, Moriarty, and yet greater foes: Amelia Scarcliffe and Maria Fitzgerald, harbingers of Dagon, who have called forth Cthulhu. Their task: to bring about the end of…
Author(s): Lois H. Gresh

10. The Cthulhu Wars: The United States’ Battles Against the Mythos (Dark Osprey) (2016)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedFrom the Patriots’ raid on the necromancer Joseph Curwen, to the Special Forces’ assault on Leng in 2007, this unique document reveals the secret and terrible struggle between the United States and the supernatural forces of Cthulhu. In this war, immortal cultists worship other-dimensional entities, and plot to raise an army of the dead. Incomprehensible undersea intelligences infiltrate and colonize American seaports, and alien races lurk beneath the ice of Antarctica and high in the mountains of Afghanistan. It is only through constant vigilance and violence that the earth has survived. Also…
Author(s): Kenneth Hite, Kennon Bauman, et al.

11. Acolytes of Cthulhu (2014)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedNoted Lovecraftian scholar R.M.Price assembles this unique Lovecraft-influenced collection of twenty-eight rare tales, from such diverse authors as Neil Gaiman, Jorges Luis Borges, Manly Wade Wellman, and Gustaf Meyrink. Spanning from the 1930s to the 1990s, this kaleidoscopic collection is a triumph of interdimensional threats, ritual magic, and cosmic horrors….
Author(s): Neil Gaiman , S.T. Joshi, et al.

12. The Cthulhu Casebooks – Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows (2017)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedIt is the autumn of 1880, and Dr John Watson has just returned from Afghanistan. Badly injured and desperate to forget a nightmarish expedition that left him doubting his sanity, Watson is close to destitution when he meets the extraordinary Sherlock Holmes, who is investigating a series of deaths in the Shadwell district of London. Several bodies have been found, the victims appearing to have starved to death over the course of several weeks, and yet they were reported alive and well mere days before. Moreover, there are disturbing reports of creeping shadows that inspire dread…
Author(s): James Lovegrove

13. What’s That Sound?: An Introduction to Rock and Its History (2009)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedThe Second Edition of What’s That Sound? offers a balanced, insightful look at the evolution of rock music from its roots to the present. With innovative listening guides (both print and electronic), a rich visual program, and a strong support package, the text gives students a comprehensive and engaging introduction to rock history….
Author(s): John Covach

14. The Cthulhu Casebooks – Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities (2018)

 Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & RankedIt is the spring of 1895, and more than a decade of combating eldritch entities has cost Dr John Watson his beloved wife Mary, and nearly broken the health of Sherlock Holmes. Yet the companions do not hesitate when they are called to the infamous Bedlam lunatic asylum, where they find an inmate speaking in R’lyehian, the language of the Old Ones. Moreover, the man is horribly scarred and has no memory of who he is.The detectives discover that the inmate was once a scientist, a student of Miskatonic University, and one of two survivors of a doomed voyage down the…
Author(s): James Lovegrove

Best Cthulhu Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cthulhu books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Malleus Monstrorum: Cthulhu Mythos Bestiary Volume I: Monsters of the Mythos

Author(s): Mike Mason, Scott David Aniolowski, Loïc Muzy, Paul Fricker
ID: 2875926, Publisher: Chaosium, Year: 2020, Size: 15 Mb, Format: pdf

Malleus Monstrorum: Cthulhu Mythos Bestiary Volume II: Deities of the Mythos

Author(s): Mike Mason, Scott David Aniolowski, Loïc Muzy, Paul Fricker
ID: 2875929, Publisher: Chaosium, Year: 2020, Size: 14 Mb, Format: pdf

Call of Cthulhu: The Dare (v4)

Author(s): Kevin Ross, Bret Kramer
ID: 2891358, Publisher: Sentinel Hill Press, Year: 2020, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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