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We're working on a new edition of the Malleus Monstrorum, a comprehensive collection of Mythos beings for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. It will be released in 2020 (no firmer date yet).

Art for the new Malleus Monstrorum is by Loïc Muzy, whose splendid work graces Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors and the cover of the recently-released Berlin The Wicked City.

Here's some work-in-progress by Loïc, of the Mi-Go!

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Looking good. Hope you make a bit darker and weird over all layout and images. Seen the French edition and their artwork/feeling is much more horror. 

Especially for this monster manual would love to see it much darker and scary. Good step on the way it is

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Loïc Muzy‘s work is terrific, and his artwork for Petersen’s Guide was superb.  I’m eagerly looking forward to the new MM just on the basis of the Mi-Go illustrations, although I hope there’s a balance of his contributions and the eclectic design that was the hallmark of the 1st edition of the MM.

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Can we please make the ghouls look like the canine hoofed bipeds thst like to eat a corpse and not some edgelord grimdark cenobite thing.  Look just because it ate Uncle Mastiveus a few months after burial does not mean it needs hooks, chains and barbs threaded throughout thier body. I saw that as more propaganda than an accurate picture. You know the tall tale that gets passed around rather than reallilty.

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A promissing new approach to the Mi-Go design. To be honest, I am somewhat unhappy with the artwork of the 2015 field guide. Yes, they do have a modern feel to them but in a way many of them look the same. Furthermore, I also think that many designs in that book do not do the descriptions in the story justice. For exameple, for me a Dark Young must have short, massive legs to trample over its victim. The Mi-Go are another design in the 2015 edition I disagree with. Though the description only speaks of a "multitude of short antennas" I think that their head being a bundle of pinkish tubes has become common lore. The new design here is a step into the right direction. Still missing the claw-like limbs. the new design looks more insect than crustacean.

All in all, please do an modernized version of the canonical images, nothing Giger-style even if it suits contemporary taste better.

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23 hours ago, Videopete said:

Can we please make the ghouls look like the canine hoofed bipeds thst like to eat a corpse and not some edgelord grimdark cenobite thing.  Look just because it ate Uncle Mastiveus a few months after burial does not mean it needs hooks, chains and barbs threaded throughout thier body. I saw that as more propaganda than an accurate picture. You know the tall tale that gets passed around rather than reallilty.

Kinda like this? Still my favorite illustration of one of Lovecraft's ghouls. From the Dreamlands boxed set.

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The one that's etched forever in my memory is from the cover of the Arkham sourcebook!

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(although I also have a soft spot for the ones from the Keepers of the Faith in Delta Green: Countdown... they are more on the zombie-side though)

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Will this include the material from the Malleus Monstorum Companion that was never released?

https://www.yog-sothoth.com/wiki/index.php/Malleus_Monstrorum_Companion

INB4 this book becomes similar to Pulp Cthulhu in that it ends up not being released for literally thousands of years. Ever realized that people who were probably excited for that book probably for sure DIED in the ensuring wait? THAT is the true cosmic horror story right there!

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Here's some more Malleus Monstrorum work-in-progress by Loïc. Ghouls!

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I think they are all good - variations on a theme. I don't mind the nails - they could have come from an encounter with some superstitious humans in the past that thought that might cure "ghoulism" when a changeling was transitioning.

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I'm not a fan of the nails (or, generally speaking, the illustration in CoC 7e) but I do like the bits of bone and other explorations of what "ghoul jewellery" might look like. Remember that ghouls have pretty much human-level intelligence, and that they have social behaviour. They're much more likely to be found in underground communities than as lone monsters. As such, they are surely developing ways to show status, individuality, accomplishments, or whatever (unless your version of ghouls have a "hive mentality" or other variation from canon). Plus, depending on their age, they might be more likely to still have old habits from their past human life. As such, although the "naked dog-faced monster" is probably not uncommon, I imagine it's much more common to find ghouls with random bits of clothing (full or partial, human-inspired from various historical eras or ghoul specific, etc.), various decorations, tattoos, scarification, whatever. Plus, maybe visible injuries from inter-ghoul fighting or a previous brush up against investigators. I personally like how the ghouls in Delta Green have different "styles" and societal structures (Keepers of the Faith vs. Heretics). Urban ghouls vs. country ghouls might also be a lot different.

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Another vote for the last illustration, which looks perfect! The ghouls-as-cenobites just doesn’t work.  As @lordabdul points out, other types of charnel-house adornments make perfect sense, perhaps they may even take a few mementos during their graveyard feedings, like a pocket watch or wedding ring.

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Or spectacles, clothes and lots of books like the guy turning ghoul in "Paper Chase". Btw, I dislike that scenario because the ghoul guy is such a friendly chap. He breaks the Peterson mold of a horror creature being malign. The NPCs reasons for becoming a ghoul who gnaws upon the dead is probably the weakest motivation ever. He dislikes company and the demands of the civilized world, just likes to read and being a ghoul crawling around underground among the rot and filth with other monsters allows him to do all this apparently.

He could just have sold his house, moved to Alaska or somewhere else that's isolated, bringing his books with him to live the life like any other recluse. But nah, eating wormridden flesh and slurping adipocere in order to be left alone reading Kipling or something is choice numero uno for this mental midget. A small price to pay for personal leasure, lol.

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Very cool. I like that they should come in various shapes and sizes. I don't mind the nails etc either. They should have a culture and society behind them they are mean to be the darkness in mans heart, but they are still thinking and capable humanoids, not beasts. They know spells, worship gods, and befriend humans all the time. I made up a ghoul language a while back for Wail of the Witch. Players loved it. Based of Arabic. 

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The "nailed" ghouls could be the shamans of the pack - carrying ritual tattoos, marks, skin decoration etc. Some of what we are calling "nails" in the picture look a bit like small bones rather than nails too.

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12 minutes ago, Redmoongodess said:

okay, cool ghoul but none of that answers my question about if parts of the cancelled "companion" is going to be part of this book at all.

Chaosium isn't obligated to reveal information about unpublished products. I also think that the manner in which people ask questions influences whether they will get an answer.

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On 9/14/2019 at 3:10 PM, klecser said:

Chaosium isn't obligated to reveal information about unpublished products. I also think that the manner in which people ask questions influences whether they will get an answer.

Nobody is obligated to do anything in life. But it would be kind of a nice gesture to get an answer from a serious company who cares about their fanbase. Even "rude" questions get answered by business pros. Just listen to all the prank calls on Youtube. Do you work for Chaosium, klecser?

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