New Review: The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

New Review: The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

New Review: The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

Our friends at Unification (French) recently published a review of The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors. You can easily read it by clicking the “translate” button on your browser!

“It is interesting due to the very precise description of the physical elements of the creatures. All this can be useful in games … but above all constitutes a guide to read for pleasure.”

This popular Lovecraftian resource guide is available on the Petersen Webstore here.

New Review: The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

AIPT Reviews The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

“The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors’ cuts beneath the surface. Risk your sanity and see what they’re really like!”

“A well-written, beautifully illustrated tome of biology and behaviors, The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors would be a lovely addition to the shelves of any gamer who wants to ground their cosmic horrors in pseudo-realistic biological terms.”

Call of Cthulhu, Illustrated

Call of Cthulhu, Illustrated

New Collector’s Illustrated Novella:The Call of Cthulhu

November 13th marks 40 years since Sandy developed and helped release the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game.

To celebrate this milestone, Petersen Games has released a special edition paperback of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella “The Call of Cthulhu,” the story that launched hundreds of works across multiple platforms including Roleplaying Games, Board Games, video Games, and horror fiction.

Sandy has filled this timeless story with the best art from his popular Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos (for 5e and Pathfinder).

He has also included 5e statistics for two of the characters in the story, Old Castro and the Esquimaux Shaman.

This publication is only available on Amazon. During the month of October, we have priced it at 30% off the MSRP!

Back to the Beginning…How Sandy Met Dr. Luis Merlo

Back to the Beginning…How Sandy Met Dr. Luis Merlo

There is still much to be learned about the seemingly sane Dr. Luis Merlo, who approached Sandy a few years back with some odd sketches of creatures that appeared to be real, but didn’t follow any anatomical rules.

In fact they seemed strangely familiar to Sandy because of his knowledge of H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction. Here is an early letter Sandy received that started him down the path to publishing Dr. Merlo’s works in The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horror.


“Dear Mr. Petersen,

I am delighted to know you are interested in my work. Through years of research reviewing the literature and scouring the field, I have come across enough evidence to build a compendium on the entities, even if some polishing is still required.

I strongly believe that the public and the scientific community deserve to know about them and, because of your vast expertise on the field, I trust you to be the person to publish it.

However, I must insist that these are not “Lovecraftian monsters” as you called them. The subjects of my study are mostly unknown creatures depicted in ancient lore and legend, of which HPL managed to get a frightening amount of information, which he simply conveyed through his tales.

That was the reason I chose his framework: He saw the beyond and was outstandingly accurate in classifying these creatures of myth.

My intent is not to scare, but to warn and educate. Creatures like the Zin Ghast (depicted in the attached sketch) roam freely in the spaces between realities, and yet can be fully understood by application of the scientific method! This is groundbreaking science Mr. Petersen, not magic.

I have attached more notes and images to this letter for your consideration, please excuse the stains.


P.S. I am sorry to limit my communication to physical post, but I cannot trust electronic means. Please do not try to contact me via email.”

Everything Board Games Reviews The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

Everything Board Games Reviews The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

“The information in the Guide could also be useful to an Investigator with a medical background, who seeks to learn how to extract a particular gland from a specific part of the horror’s anatomy. Once attained, the gland might then be combined with rare herbs and flowers to synthesize a powerful sedative that can be administered via elephant gun to safely subdue a horror.” 

“The sky’s the limit. Or, perhaps, the abyss is bottomless? In this regard, the Guide is a great source book for more than just storyline ideas. Keepers can use the information within the Guide to create unique weapons, medicines, and toxins.”