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Tomes of Cthulhu is a generic supplement for horror games based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft. It describes in detail 20 different books, plus alternative editions and original sources for some of them, of esoteric and sometimes forbidden knowledge that are a common theme in Lovecraftian horror.

Each book has its name, and author, if known, as well as details on its appearance, when and how it was published, again if known, and what sort of knowledge might be found in it, which includes a Least to Greatest approximation for how much general knowledge, and its effect on the reader's sanity, might be found in a book. The language and physical description of the books are also included.

Some of these books are by genuine historical characters, although the books themselves are not. One book is actually real. The majority were written prior to 1930, at least in the first edition, some many centuries before that, with a spike in English translations in the late 19th century.

Some sample titles are:

Novum Organum Occulta by Francis Bacon, also available in the 19th century as Francis Bacon's New Instrument of the Occult

Giants in the Earth by Private Tommy Atkins, also available in a second edition

The Sunken Civilisation of the Caribbean by Dr. Simon Baxter, also detailed are the stone tablets the author discovered

One page is the cover, one page the front matter and two pages are the Introduction

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Jay L February 08, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Are you planning a license for these to be used by other publishers?
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Adrian K February 08, 2018 1:42 pm UTC
Interesting question. What sort of ways were you thinking of when it came to licensing?
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Jay L February 09, 2018 10:24 am UTC
Well with stock art it allows use by publishers as long as they credit the writers or artists, so that is one day. You could sell a License to use along with credit. As a Publisher being able to use different stock lists, art etc can save time. It was just a thought.
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Adrian K February 10, 2018 10:14 am UTC
I'll have a think about it and what sort of license might work.
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Jay L July 12, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Did this come to anything, because you could just add a creative commons license to it?
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Adrian K July 12, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
At the moment, no; I haven't had time to properly look into it. I haven't forgotten though.
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