Fiction Reviews

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“As a fan of Lovecraft’s work and more of a fan of the mythos he helped create, I’m very pleased with The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors.”

“Don’t buy the guide just for the illustrations; it works because of combining a thoughtful write-up of each creature and accompanying sketches. One does not work without the other, and no single element carries the guide.”


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Whispers From Darkness Reviews The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horror

In the end, these types of works are for the very sybarites of the subject, but I think that it is a book that not only serves to expand our knowledge about these creatures, but is also a bottomless well of ideas to create our own adventures.

The author includes for each creature some notes that will help us to use them in the games of our favorite role-playing game.

Tristan Oberon

Whispers From Darkness

GeekDad reviews The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horror

The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horror gives its subject matter a science-based approach, but with a narrow focus specifically on the cosmic creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Overall, I enjoyed The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horror. Luis Merlo, who both wrote and illustrated this book, demonstrates a deep knowledge of anatomy and biology, and has applied that knowledge to these fictional creatures to create plausible explanations of their existence and behavior.

Paul Benson

Geek Dad

The Arkham Reporter Reviews The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horror

All entries to this Anatomical Guide are interesting and bizarre entities in their own right, and perhaps they may inspire YOU to go and invent your own Eldridge Abomination to contribute to the mythos. Petersen Games has created a very interesting and useful book!


The Arkham Reporter

PC Guru Reviews The Anatomical Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

“Overall, the volume is a perfect addition if one wants to use such in-depth data about different creatures, either for role-playing parties, game development, or just for my own short stories and ideas. And from Merlo, I hope we can see more similar publications in the future. If only he hid from the Great Elders and did not end up as their victim.”

(You may want to translate the article from Hungarian)

Zoo Lee

PC Guru


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.

Roger Cotton

Everything Board. Games

Rolling Dice & Taking Names Gaming Podcast

Looking at this book, it shows different aliens with anatomical pictures showing what they “look like.” It’s a great thing to add to your Lovecraftian Library! 

Listen to their recent podcast (coverage starts at 15:48).

Tony McRee

Rolling Dice & Taking Names

A Good, Horrifying Read

This is a book based on a game that is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. I went into it not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. It is a much better book than it has any right to be (and no, I am not damning with faint praise).

Set not too long after the end of the world, it follows a small group of some of the few remaining humans as they try to survive in a world gone mad. It’s full of suspenseful moments where you have no idea what is going to happen. This is opposed to books that have long-term established characters like James Bond where you *know* the hero is going to survive. Here, all bets are off.

As for being a horror book, it gets pretty damn horrible. Some of the scenes are really disturbing on multiple levels. In places it exceeds Lovecraft’s own writing.

For me this was a real page-turner. I read it all in basically one sitting. And I read it during the course of one evening and into the wee hours of the morning, which I recommend if you are a night-owl like me. Kind of like watching The Blair Witch Project projected onto a white sheet strung between two trees out in the middle of a dark forest.

If you are at all a fan of Lovecraftian fiction, you will enjoy this.


Amazon Review

 Lovely books

Paola C.

Amazon Review


This is one of the most addictive page-turners I have read in a very long time. I love horror novels, especially Cthulhu mythos ones, and this one did not disappoint. I had read some of Ben Monroe’s short stories, which were also fantastic horror, and was looking forward to this novel for quite some time. It was even better than I had hoped for. If you want to lose a lot of sleep because you don’t want to put a book down, then buy this one. The world and characters were believable and immersive, with the many horrors and monstrous gods described in loving detail. Looking forward to more novels from Monroe.
Ron Magin

Amazon Review

Free as part of the Kickstarter- many thanks.
I A Macmillan

Amazon Review

 Colorfully written, fast paced, and very entertaining

David P. Ackerman

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Ezra David Ayarza

Amazon Review

 A nonstop page turner in a nightmare world

This was an outstanding read. It is a survival story much like walking dead but with monstrous alien creatures, weird bizarre weather events, and cultists. The main characters, few thankfully, are well developed and by half way through you begin to care what happens to them. The writing is excellent and builds a very immersive world. This is a world that man can not come back from but maybe just maybe a few can survive in hiding. Keeping communities small they just may go unnoticed. There is no hope for a better future in this story. If you are depressed this is not the book for you. This story is much like the road in my opinion. It is a combination of the walking dead, the road, Godzilla, and the Netflix movie “This is how it ends.” If you are a Lovecraft fan this book is for you. A love letter to the mans work. If you like any of the shows or movies I listed this book is for you! My only complaint is we haven’t had another book yet!!! Also the book flows really well I finished it in 2 days.


Amazon Review