Our friends at Feral House have published a bizarre and funny book in the vein of Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary, called Encyclopaedia of Hell by Satan: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It. It was written by accomplished comedy writer Martin Olson, and designed by the wonderful Sean Tejaratchi creator of the exquisite Crap Hound clip art zine.
A tour de force of darkness, Encyclopaedia of Hell is a manual of Earth written by Lord Satan for his invading hordes of demons, complete with hundreds of unpleasant illustrations, diagrams, and a comprehensive and utterly repulsive dictionary of Earth terms.
Since the customs and mores of humanity are alien and inconceivable to demons, Satan wrote this strangely poetic military handbook for the enlightenment and edification of his demon armies. A masterpiece expressing Satan's hatred for humanity and himself, the Encyclopaedia includes "Techniques of Stalking and Eating Humans," "Methods of Canning Human Pus," and "Dicing and Slicing Orphaned Children."
Why the invasion? During the last century in particular, Hell has become seriously overcrowded. Satan needs more land mass for the damned and to use the human livestock to feed his hungry demon invaders. Since this book is the 666th commemorative edition, this Encyclopaedia contains special commemorative material.
Here's a video of Ed Asner at his foul-mouthed best, cursing the praises of the book.
Martin Olson will be doing a signing at Comicon, Friday and Saturday (July 22 and 23), from 11 - 12. Geekscape will be hosting him at booth number 4016. And here's a link to a PDF preview of Encyclopaedia of Hell.
Buy Encyclopaedia of Hell on Amazon.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects