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Hideous Creatures: A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos


Lovecraft created his various “shadowy congeners” because the stories of vampires, werewolves, and even ghosts had become too familiar and too formulaic to evoke true horror. Almost a century after he wrote, his own monstrous races have likewise begun to seem like comfortable story furniture rather than unnerving signals that the world is horrible and wrong.

In Hideous Creatures: A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos, we present a comprehensive look at Lovecraft’s hideous creatures, from as many angles as we can. Our goal is contradiction, surprise, and most especially the uncanny: the recognition of something familiar as something weird. As in the “Gods and Titans” section of the Trail of Cthulhu core book, this book deliberately contradicts itself, blurring boundaries and erasing certainties in the name of the uncanny. In your campaign, these variant truths might be misunderstandings, legends, heresies, or deliberate lies spread by the creatures to lull their foes into a false sense of familiarity.

Hideous Creatures: A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos is the Trail of Cthulhu bestiary written by Mythos giant Kenneth Hite and fellow experts Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Becky Annison, Helen Gould and Ruth Tillman, in the tradition of the award-winning Book of Unremitting Horror and the 13th Age Bestiary. Useable for any mythos or occult RPG, creatures are not just antagonists to fight or flee from; they are entire adventures by themselves, leaving physical traces, occult clues and madness in their eldritch wake.

Hideous Creatures: A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos features seven all-new creatures:

Bholes * Colour Out of Space * Elder Things

Flying Polyps * Moon Beasts * Night-gaunts * Spawn of Yog-Sothoth

Plus full write-ups of nine Foul Congeries, opening the books on Lovecraftian monsters that have never taken stat-block form before in any game!

Bat-Things * Black Winged Ones * Gaseous Wraiths

Medusas * Raktajihva * Ultraviolet Devourer

Vampirish Vapour * Worm-Cultist * Y’m-bhi

And new art and in-world documents for each of the fifteen original Hideous Creatures:

Byakhee * Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath * Deep Ones

Ghouls * Great Race of Yith * Hounds of Tindalos

Hunting Horrors * Lloigor * Mi-Go

Rat-Things * Serpent Folk * Shoggoths

Star Vampires * Tcho-Tchos * Wendigo

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Jeremy H August 25, 2021 3:35 am UTC
Is there a preview that showcases the artwork?
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Pelgrane P August 26, 2021 2:54 pm UTC
Hi Jeremy. I have now added both the Quick Preview and Full-size Preview for this. Thanks, Becky.
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Jeremy H August 26, 2021 3:59 pm UTC
Thanks! But, I think your preview is too heavy. It won't load in my browser. You might want to try the Publisher Preview option. If you try that route, I think folks might be able to "save as" and get around the browser bogging down.
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Pelgrane P August 26, 2021 6:02 pm UTC
What browser are you using? This loads for me in Chrome, but it does take a while due to the file size.
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Jeremy H August 27, 2021 4:09 am UTC
My internet seems to be working better today. LoL. The preview loaded. It looks interesting, but I'd like to see a bit more of the art. Is there a YouTuber that did a review you are aware of?
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Pelgrane P August 27, 2021 2:18 pm UTC
Not that we're aware of, but you could try a search on YouTube.
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Wallace E August 20, 2020 7:47 pm UTC
Seemed to take a long time to download and then I noticed that the pdf is over 400 MB
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Pelgrane P August 21, 2020 1:16 pm UTC
Hi Wallace. We upload our PDFs at the highest quality possible so they're most useful to GMs. Once downloaded the quality/file size can be reduced if required. Thanks, Becky.
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Wallace E August 21, 2020 5:44 pm UTC
Thats a good idea. I reduced it to 60 MB and it still looks awesome. Thanks
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