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So I'm eagerly awaiting for my copy of Eldritch Horror to arrive.
I'm not familiar with Lovecraft or the Cthulu mythos and I'd really want to get into the theme of the game.

Can anyone recommend some quick reads to get an overview enough to appreciate the theme of this game?

Thanks.

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Here area couple of discussions from the Cthulhu Wars forum aimed specifically at this...
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1001731/homework-read-for-my...

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/991398/reading-recommendatio...

Some recommendations on these discussions are for good books to buy/download, and some are for specific stories. One of them has a series of stories introducing each great old one. In one discussion, I recommended a whole series of books from Chaosium that covers pre- and post-Lovecraft stories about the different great old ones. So you have options depending on how deep you want to get.

Also, check out the H P Lovecraft Literary Podcast. The hosts go through Lovecraft works chronologically, and offer fun/interesting commentary. It's an entertaining option if you want to go through the canon, and since the stories are mostly short the homework for each episode is manageable.

Happy reading!
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http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/fiction/chrono.aspx
Here are the complete works of H.P.Lovecraft... I suggest reading The Call of Cthulhu and The Dunwich Horror especially!
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My favorites are probably "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and "The Dunwich Horror".

If you want to see a movie that really captures the spirit of Lovecraft, watch "Dagon".
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secoAce wrote:
So I'm eagerly awaiting for my copy of Eldritch Horror to arrive.
I'm not familiar with Lovecraft or the Cthulu mythos and I'd really want to get into the theme of the game.

Can anyone recommend some quick reads to get an overview enough to appreciate the theme of this game?

Thanks.


Here are the complete stories HPL wrote.

http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/index.html

Note however many other writers also added to the Mythos.

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I always suggest to people "The Colour Out of Space". Like all Lovecraft tales it is a first-person narrative as he investigates a mysterious occurrence and at the end everything is back to normal and only he knows the truth. The story is short and very entertaining. In my opinion, a true staple is "Shadows over Innsmouth" (which if you watch the movie "Dagon" you'll get the idea). I enjoy "Call of Chuthlu" but all the action happens via the main character reading letters and newspaper clippings. Reading CoC is a must if you want to start a RPG champaign.
Lastly, check out YouTube- there's a 2011 B&W "Call of Chuthlu" movie and a serial called "ShadowBound" made just last year (both are phenomenal!).
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The Dunwich Horror is my favourite (so far), as it features everything you would expect and want from a Lovecraftian tale.

The Rats in the Walls is another good first step, if you are looking for a shorter story.
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