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. 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

Stock #: PELGT47 Author: Kenneth Hite, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Becky Annison, Helen Gould, Ruth Tillman
Artists: Gislaine Avila, Ethan Black, Gennifer Bone, Mark Bulahao, Wagner Chrissante, Tyler Clark, Kennedy C. Garza, Dean Engelhardt, Jorge Fernández Sanz, Quintin Gleim, Heather Landry, Jeff Porter, Georgia Roan, Anna Rogers, Ian Schofield, Patricia Smith, Kellianne Stakenas, Kyle Strahm, Piya Wannachaiwong. Pages: 368 page hardback

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11 Responses to “Hideous Creatures: A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos”

  1. Jacques de Villiers says:

    Have only discovered that this is in development now. What an exciting prospect!

  2. […] else that has excited us is Pelgrane Press’ imminent release of Hideous Creatures, a massive 352-page hardback book which revises and greatly expands Mythos creature writeups by Ken […]

  3. John M Perry says:

    When’s is this expected to release?

    • Colleen Riley says:

      It’s available to pre-order now and you’ll get the current PDF immediately when you pre-order. The book will be going to the printer shortly and we’ll keep you updated via See Page XX.

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  5. João Melim says:

    Maybe a stupid question: does the beastiary include the lovecraftian deities (Nyarlathotep, Cthulhu and everyone else)? If so, is it restricted to the lovecraftian mythos or does it include other authors as August Derleth? I recently started reading Lovecraft’s complete fiction and was buzzing about the idea of a full beastiary!

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  8. Adam says:

    Quick question, is this released yet? Or is it still preorder. There is a german seller who told me it is not released yet and they are waiting for it aswell.

    Also in case it is not released, is there a date for it?


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