S. Petersen's Field Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands

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Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 5107

Publishing Year: 1988

Pages: 64

Cover Price: $##.##

Author(s): Sandy Petersen

Artist(s): Mark J. Ferrari, Tom Sullivan, Lisa A. Free, Ron Leming

Setting(s): N/A

Format(s): Softcover, full-colour, extensively illustrated


The bulk of this volume is a series of non-game descriptions of a variety of Dreamlands creatures, each accompanied by a full-colour painting (most are full-page illustrations).

Introduction, A Portion of the Underworld, A Portion of the Earth’s Dreamlands,

In addition to these entries, the book includes an Introduction, two full-colour art-maps of the Dreamlands (A Portion of the Underworld, A Portion of the Earth’s Dreamlands), a Scientific Key (flow-chart on recognizing creatures depicted in this book), and Recommended Reading.

Each entry includes a comparative size chart comparing a silhouete of the entity to a normal-sized human outline.

The creatures/entities covered in this Field Guide are:

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An Album of Entities From the Land Beyond The Wall of Sleep

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An Album of Entities From the Land Beyond The Wall of Sleep

Where do you go when you sleep?

While dreaming, your awareness may go to the amazing Dreamlands, an analog of Earth on another plane of existence - at least according to an exciting new theory from Miskatonic University's Dr. Sila Gibbons.

"The Dreamlands are a green and golden place where your happiest dreams and direst fears become true" he declares. "This paradise even has no income tax."

Having once dreamt your way to the Dreamlands, you can return again and again; during a few hours' sleep, weeks of exploration and adventure pass before your eyes.

Deep-dreaming is not for everyone - the good doctor cautioning that the Dreamlands are dangerous as well as beautiful. - International Inquirer, Aug. 8, 1988.

S. Petersen's Field Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands.

  • Accurate and Up-to-date Information
  • Over Two Dozen Often-Dreamt Creatures
  • Quick Reference Monster ID Key
  • 26 Evocative Full-Page Paintings
  • 3 Pages of Full-Color Maps
  • 50+ Illustrations and Silhouettes
  • Uniform Presentation of Data
  • Special Size Comparisons
  • Habitat, Distributions, and Life Cycles
  • Similar Lifeforms Distinguished
  • Latest Preternatural Scholarship
  • Observer Warnings as Needed
  • Bibliography
  • Faithful to Lovecraft.

Selected Pronunciations:
Atlach-Nacha: AT-lach-NACH-uh
Basilisk: BAS-i-lisk
Blupe: BLOOP
Bokrug: BOHE-krug
Buopoth: BOO-uh-POTH
Gnorr: NORR
Gug: GUG
Haemophore: HEE-muh-for
Magah Bird: MAH-gah bird
Minion of Karakal: MIN-un uv KARE-uh-kul
Tsathoggua: suh-THOG-wah
Voonith: VOO-nith
Wamp: WAMP
Zoog: ZOOG.


Mr. Ferrari works exclusively in colored pencil; this book contains the first major published collection of his imaginative and finely crafted drawings. He currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

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Mark J. Ferrari.

Comments / Trivia

Winner of the 1990 Readercon Small Press Award for Best Interior Illustrations and the 1989 Origins Award for the Best Role Playing Supplement and Best Graphic Presentation.

Dedicated to Gahan Wilson ("With Admiration")

This volume is a follow-up to a similar field guide published in the previous year, S. Petersen's Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters.


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