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Encyclopaedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Encyclopaedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It

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Overview

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.

Martin Olson's savage wit provides the firepower for a preposterous literary feat unaccomplished since Mark Twain passed—channeling the real voice of Satan. Over the past fifteen years, Olson has written and produced nine comedy specials, inflicted on the populace via CBS, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and A&E.

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Absolutely one of the funniest books ever. — Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Written by a man whose mind has an extra dimension. — Steven Wright, comedian

Brilliant in the vein of Twain with an air of Voltaire. — Marc Ian Barasch, author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936239054
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,293,391
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Martin Olson is a comedy writer, television producer, stage director and composer. He is also a playwright and poet known for comedic and unusual subject matter. Olson is best known as a "founding father" of the Boston comedy scene, as a collaborator with comedians, composers and artists, and as a writer-producer of off-beat television series and stage plays.

While selling comedy screenplays to Dreamworks, United Artists, Touchstone Pictures, and Warner Bros., Olson also wrote and directed live stage performances in Hollywood at the HBO Theater, The Steve Allen Theater and Comedy Central Stage featuring well-known comedians and actors.

Over the past 15 years, Olson wrote and produced nine comedy specials, inflicted on the populace via CBS, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and A & E.

Olson has written for Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, Denis Leary, Rodney Dangerfield, Rob Schneider, Penn and Teller, Richard Belzer, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Meaney and many other Kevins.

Olson received an Emmy nomination and an Ace Award for television writing. As a composer, he was honored with a 2010 Emmy Nomination for Songwriting, a 2009 Emmy Nomination for Primetime Songwriting, and a 1997 Annie Award Nomination for Songwriting in an Animated Series.


Tony Millionaire was born in Boston and grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He writes and draws the ongoing adventures of Sock Monkey, published by Dark Horse Comics since 1998. He is the creator of the syndicated comic strip, MAAKIES, which has been collected by Fantagraphics, who also published his graphic novel, Billy Hazelnuts. His comic strip Maakies has been adapted to the small screen as THE DRINKY CROW SHOW for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Born in Libya (despite his better judgment) to German and Indian parents, Mahendra Singh labored for many years as an art director and illustrator in the humid ambience of Washington, DC, the inspiration for many of the personalities depicted in this book. After inviting and escaping mob justice several times, he fled for the humid and frozen ambience of Montreal where he has gained some notoriety as an expert illustrator of all things Lewis Carroll and Surrealist. He devotes his spare time to designing tin-foil turbans for Hindus who no longer wish to hear the voices in other people’s heads, taking Buddhist shut-ins to Nirvana concerts and helping Quebecois atheists distribute blank pamphlets on the subway. His illustrations for this book were inspired by an inordinate lust for money and a solipsistic arrogance further encouraged by the honeyed tongue of Martin Olson.
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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    REPOSTED REVIEW: On "ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF HELL" by Michael Yank

    Review: Encyclopædia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons by Martin Olson. Feral House. Spring, 2011. By Michael Yank

    Purported to be authored by the greatest critic humanity has ever dreamed up, Satan himself, Encyclopædia pushes satire to a new, ferocious level. While the text might not actually originate from another dimension as alleged, it may as well have, so surreal and inspired is Olson's wit.

    At its core a twisted Twain-ian takedown of modern society, Encyclopædia approaches our culture from the perspective of Satan and his demon associates, who try to make sense of mankind in preparation for a full scale invasion of Earth. Olson meticulously constructs an entire new (and highly blasphemous) mythological framework to satirize human folly. Money and television are plagues conceived and engineered by demons to weaken the population of "human livestock." 23 percent of all people, it is claimed, are actually Demons in disguise, setting the stage for Satan's invasion of earth.

    Olson delivers his barbs through an impressively intricate meta-narrative representing one of the fresher approaches to storytelling structures. The sprawling "Encyclopædia" is replete with countless introductions, publisher's notes, weird secret codes and "invisible messages" from God. The treatise itself is peppered with footnotes and commentaries from Satan and no fewer than nine distinct infernal "executives," each with a unique background and personality. The result is a dense, multi-layered assault on the mind exceptionally well-tailored to the deranged subject matter.

    The text consists of two "Books." The first is an Invasion Manual, with instructions for an unholy takeover of Earth by Satan's fleets of "pentagonal hellcrafts." Annexing earth's land-mass to hell is necessary, it is explained in Voltairean deadpan, because Hell has become too crowded. The nuts and bolts of the invasion are relayed in precise, detailed fashion, from the Mapquest-esque directions through space-time to Earth from the City of Hell. The second Book dissects earth through the lenses of Satan and his minions. Here Olson is at his best in channeling Twain, at no point shying away from any topic or taboo in his mission of cultural subversion.

    The rich, macabre illustrations of Tony Millionaire and Mahendra Singh (with contributions from other artists) are the perfect backdrop for this impressive work. Their elaborate classical illustrations create an air of authority to the Encyclopædia's descriptions of fantastical entities and cosmos-turning Wheels.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Demonic Comedy, Cosmic Despair

    There is so much joy in reading something you aren't supposed to read and Encyclopaedia of Hell is strictly off-limits, not only for you but for the entire human race.

    What do demons think about us and our world? Terrible, truthful, hilarious things. So, read at your own risk. If you must, what will surprise is the invisible depth of author Martin Olson's affection for humanity, the mad love in taking a thing apart completely.

    Though one may enjoy the book lightly for the clever encyclopaedic entries- reminiscent of Ambrose Bierce but reeking with a demon’s disgust for pathetic, stinking human “gore bags”- deeper delight can be found in the steady rumble of bickering demon editors- Mephis Tophiel, Lilith, and the rest- in the footnotes, where each stubbornly imposes his or her unique perspective on the subject matter, swiping at each other tirelessly, undermining and enriching the ostensible encyclopaedia at once in a brilliant parody of humans’ creative collaborations with one another. This subterranean countermelody slyly cuts to the quick while the catchier melody plays more prominently above. I laughed quicker at the entries and deeper at the footnotes.

    Not to be missed, also, is the astonishing poem by Zyk, Poet Laureate of Hell, supposing it was confusion and loneliness which drove the solitary cosmos to divide infinitely into amnesiac life forms whose purpose is continual self-discovery but who, instead of ameliorating despair, only experience and express the same individually and in ever-complexifying variety.

    Fearlessly weird but strenuously logical, depraved but not mean, Encyclopedia of Hell is insult comedy at its metapocalyptic finest, deftly marbled with existential wonder. And it has pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Not recommended

    Rated much too highly.

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