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The Book of Unremitting Horror (d20 version)
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/12/2012 22:28:03

I am not sure what I can add to what has already been said. I love horror games and TBoUH is one of the best source books I have had the pleasure to use in a while. Plenty of ideas here for lots of different games.

I like to think of horror as not just as a main course, but also a spice or a nice side dish to regular games. I dash of horror in your Supers game, a pinch of it in your FRPG, a nice horror sauce over your Pulp game. This book has enough several years worth of meals.

Fantastic work.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Unremitting Horror (d20 version)
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by David S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/15/2009 17:08:53

The Book of Unremitting Horror presents to fans of horror and GMs alike a collection of horrific creatures designed for use in a mature RPG setting (ideally modern, but could probably be adapted to suit most eras and genres). The layout provides monster descriptions and stats/abilities along with introductory notes in the form of short and entertaining fictional works. These are useful inspirations for plot hooks and scenario ideas if you intend to use any of the monsters in your own game.

Intelligently presented, refreshing and remorselessly frank, this oft gut-wrenching PDF is, nevertheless, definitely not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. Great emphasis is placed on occultism and popular concepts of demonology are explored beyond the level of lay-person, suggesting the author has a certain knowledge of horror (and indeed occultism) beyond that of mere movies and fiction. That said, certain mainstream horror influences are also obvious as has been noted by previous reviewers.

Great care has been taken to maintain a clever balance between extreme and fanciful horror and realistic occultism, which deserves recognition. This works well in most cases and makes the monsters frighteningly believable without relying on mundanity or tried and tested templates. Some creatures, such as the Kooks or the Outsiders, are symbolic and will introduce an intelligent maturity to your game. Others are more visceral and suited only to those games where players and GM are happy with plenty of arterial blood, spilled guts and maimed limbs. The odd few (the Blossomer for example) teeter on the fringe of the pornographic and may be entirely unsuitable for any kind of game.

Most commendable is the high level of originality injected into some of the creations. Here are monsters you have never seen before, nor imagined even in your worst nightmares. In these days of repeated themes and recycled ideas, that, alone, is quite an accomplishment. Witness the Snuff Demon, the Sisterite and the Organ Grinder (if you dare!). Names likely to conjure many expectations, all of which will be surpassed in the reading.

Some creatures will be more familiar to seasoned veterans of horror, and may have origins in the now defunct betamax gorefests once glorified in Fangoria magazine (which itself gets a mention) or more recently in TV shows like the X-Files. The odd few are patently bland or guilty of repetition. Most of these fall into the 'mistakenly summoned demon' category, where some foul construct from the abyss punches its way into the physical realm and tears the summoner to pieces. These tend to be variations on a theme, multi-fanged, horrific in appearance and bloodthirsty. While nowhere near as original as the more inspired creations, these are nonetheless entertaining additions and will provide frights aplenty for your player group.

In conclusion, BoUH is about as black as it gets but highly useable and extremely well executed. The ideas are rich and most readers will find plenty to admire in both the fiction and the application of game mechanics. A piece most definitely deserving of its Ennie nominations and its Silver Pick status.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Unremitting Horror (d20 version)
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Chris H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/04/2007 00:00:00

A great collection of unorthodox horrors for your d20 Modern games. You are not going to find creatures like this in other d20 products, very dark and very Barker-like in their implementation. The presentation is such that the book is like an in-game document. I highly recommend this PDF.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Great layout and great presentation. Very reminiscent of some of the better Call of Cthulhu materials put out by Chaosium. That is a compliment.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Well, the publisher could have a better handle on OGL material, for example the license itself was missing from the PDF. The creatures aren't written up incorrectly however. The authors know their material<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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The Book of Unremitting Horror (d20 version)
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Gareth W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2007 00:00:00

Interesting book. I liked it.

As other reviewers have noted, a number of the monsters (and their traits) will be familiar to anyone who's seen modern horror films - but thats not a bad thing. In my opinion, the monsters are different enough that players will not spot the connection (or the solution) too quickly. I'll certainly transpose a few of the creatures into my CoC and Blood games to provite a bit of variation from the usual monster stock for those games.

I'd disagree with other reviewers, who I think have over emphasised the 'shock' elements of the book. Don't let it put you off, TBOUH is no more 'shocking' than a typical 15 rated horror film. Having said that, I still wouldn't let my young son read it before bedtime.

A good read. Stylish, plus lots of useful content and ideas.

<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: If you need a quick burst of inspiration, you could do a lot worse than turn to this book.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: In the download the front cover is a seperate file to the book. No big problem, just unusual (and uneccessary).<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Unremitting Horror (d20 version)
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/02/2007 00:00:00

The Book of Unremitting Horror is a monster supplement from Pelgrane Press, though calling this book a "monster book" isn?t doing it justice. The zipped file is just over eight megabytes, and has a single PDF. The PDF file has no bookmarks or hyperlinks, though there is a table of contents.

The Book of Unremitting Horror is fairly replete with artwork. Beyond the covers, all of the art is black and white. All of the new monsters here have a single full page rendition of them that opens their section. The quality of this art is notably high, making these horrors truly frightening for how well they appear. Seeing creatures like the Blood Corpse or the Organ Grinder is sure to send a shiver down your spine. The pages themselves tend to have lines on them, with three holes and sometimes spiral rings at the edges, making it appear as though these entries were written in someone's personal journal. Even the text font is the blocky type usually associated with typewriters. All of this means that the lack of a printer-friendly version could be somewhat daunting.

The BoUH opens with an in-character letter from someone who witnessed one of these monsters, and is now desperately trying to get someone else to believe him. This sets the tone for the entire book, as the author explains the dawning horror of realizing what he has seen, and what it means. After this is the book's table of contents, followed by a single page introduction.

The introduction, while brief, thoroughly outlines how this book is meant to be used. It lays out that these monsters should not be reduced to mere combat encounters. These creatures work much better if used in an X-Files like manner, beginning with an investigation that slowly leads up to a horrific confrontation. The introduction also notes in a sidebar that the horror mechanic from Mongoose's OGL Horror is used here; this is a minor point though, and is easily ignored if you don?t have that book.

There are a total of twenty-three monster entries here, though some have multiple monsters in one entry (such as The Practice detailing the Mortician, the Nurse, and the Surgeon). All but one of these creatures has some type of framing fiction opening their entry, though this is different every time. These entries, like the artwork, pull no punches in the horrors they present, such as the transcription of a police interview of a little girl who's been driven mad due to being impregnated by the Blossomer she helped summon. Most then have a few paragraphs describing what is left of the victims of these creatures.

The monsters themselves are then given in the familiar d20 monster format, with a few paragraphs of metagame description, followed by their stat block, and then expanded information of their special powers. While the mechanics here are meant for a Modern d20 game, they use the 3.5 rules. In a few places, some minor points are omitted (several Outsider-type creatures don't have subtypes, for example, while others are tagged as being Native Outsiders), but these are both rare and miniscule. The monsters themselves have Challenge Ratings ranging from 3 to 12 (though one, the Mystery Man, cannot be defeated). It's worth mention that while some of these creatures could conceivably be used in a Fantasy d20 game, many of them are too closely tied to the modern world, such as how the Sisterites magically seduce and compel their victims over the internet, or how Snuff Golems are formed during the production of snuff movies.

After the monsters entries is a relatively short section of fifteen artifacts. Unlike standard artifacts in 3.5, these don't radiate a school of magic or have a caster level. Rather, each of them is somehow associated with a monster in this book, and has some sort of effect related to them. The Black Metallic Liquid, for example, psychically sends a person who drinks it to the Outer Black (think of a universe designed by H. R. Giger) which can cause some of the denizens there, such as the Torture Dogs, to notice you and follow you back when it wears off.

Several pages are then dedicated to discussing running a horror game. This largely builds off of the quick advice given in the introduction. Discussion is given to various character types in such a game, the use of magic and weapons, character hooks, and adventure design, among other things. Finally, an example adventure, The Final Case, is presented.

All in all, The Book of Unremitting Horror lives up to its name. From the art and fiction to the abilities and motivations of the monsters, this is more a book of nightmares than of creatures. The sections on how to use this book present great advice, and the creatures here are disturbing and twisted enough to make even the players scared, to say nothing of their characters. If you think your PCs and your campaign can handle it, you'd be well-served to inflict some Unremitting Horror on them. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: The creatures presented here are all truly terrifying, thanks to the incredibly ghoulish artwork and the chilling writing. The notes on how to run a horror game work very well with these new monsters.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: This book should have had a printer-friendly version. Also, bookmarks would have been helpful.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Book of Unremitting Horror (d20 version)
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Chris F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/02/2007 00:00:00

I bought BoUH based purely on the cover art, eyecatching and creepy as it may be. Inside, I found one of the best gaming supplements I've bought in months, and unless the industry does some great things to top this product, one of the early standouts for best rpg product in 2007. And this includes the stuff I've written. This is the kind of product that makes me want to step up my game as an author.

BoUH describes around 2 dozen new monsters for D20 modern horror gaming, and while it owes a spiritual debt to movies like Hellraiser, Silent Hill, Species the Ring and the the like, all the creatures are original and terrifying creations. Its obvious the designer is a horror movie buff, and has a genuine love for the genre, not to mention alot of originality and the warped worldview a project like this needs.

Each new monster recieves several pages of well written flavor text, detailing myths and legends and famous interactions with the creature. Then, telling you exactly what kind of product this will be, there is a description of what a victim of the monster will look like forensically. Pure unbridled awesome. Game statitics, which incorporate some new ideas and great concepts follow.

Though the monsters are statted for d20 modern, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this book to all horror gamers. A skill GM can swipe the ideas here and convert this to your system of choice, and this bad boy is worth the price of admission for the ideas andstyle alone. Creatures as awesome as the Organ Grinder, Snuff Golem and Sisterite deserve to be in every game out there.

The product is illustrated with moody, heavily inked B&W work, which resembles the work of comic horror artists Doug Mankhe and Bernie Wrightson, not to mention some of the art in classic WhiteWolf products. Excellent, athmospheric and very printer friendly.

As a fan of gory, disturbing horror I can't recommend this book highly enough. As a gamer, these monsters will show up in most of the sessions I run, and what higher review can I give this product than that? <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Great original monsters, in the vien of the best horror movies out there. Great art and an attractive, simple layout. Some of the best flavor text in gaming. <br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: That I didn't think of it first. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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