About four years ago I made a list of random book titles and shared it on The Rat Hole as an aide to busy GMs. In most cases, even if you’re running a pre-written adventure, if it features a library the only books that will be named are those that are plot relevant. But we GMs know the players are going to look at other books, right? Right. Incidentally, this list was a companion piece to an article I wrote about marginalia; the two lists together should make the bibliophile in your group very happy.
In any case, I recently started playing in a short Paranormal Inc campaign and my character uses the Bookworm playbook. One of my character’s special abilities is predicated on me naming whatever strange tome or volume I pulled my information from. So it seemed like a good time to rescue my original list from the backlist and share it again.
I present the original twenty five book list, with five new books I added just today. I considered updating some of the titles to better fit the more modern Paranormal Inc setting. But honestly? The stranger the book titles the better, and if these are a little anachronistic in a modern setting, all the better to confuse my fellow investigators.
I encourage you to take this list and use it at your table. And add to it! I would love to hear what strange and wonderful volumes you come up with.
- Non-Euclidean Geometry and Its Application to Architectural Design, Vol. II (Vol. I is not present)
- Oozes, Molds, and Semi-Intelligent Plants: A Cook’s Guide
- My Time Amongst the Vegepygmies
- Her Hooves They Shone Like the Diamonds: Collected Love Poems and Songs of the Centaur Peoples
- What Colour is Your Gelatinous Cube?: Tips for Using Dyes and Stains
- Elves are from the Feywild, Orcs are from Gruumsh
- A Fifty Year Retrospective of the Cheesemaker’s Guild
- Inter-City Relations in Post-Scarcity Faerun
- The Care and Feeding of Your Buopoth
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Bullywug Etiquette
- The Collected Minutes of the Ptolus Benevolent Society, Volume XVII
- Gold, Beer, and Steel: A Dwarven Songbook
- Oh Brother Where Art Thou?: How to Lead Your Own Cult
- Half-Orc, All Rage: Tips and Tricks for Anger Management
- Calling the Great Old Ones, a Posthumous Publication
- Monster Scatology: a Jeweler’s Guide
- Whose Bones are Those?: Dice Games of the Planes
- Kobold Guide to Trap Design
- Predator and Prey: Dating a Lycanthrope
- Weather Readings on Mount Thrandor, Common Year 4637
- If it Fits, It’s Grits: A Field Guide to Goblin Cuisine
- A Barbarian’s Guide to Unleashing What’s Inside (Your Enemy)
- Fur-braiding Styles of the Lowland Bugbear Tribes
- A Crafter’s Guide to Humanoid Physiology
- The Mysterious Case of the Left-handed Flumph
- Keep Dragon Your Ass: A guide to Dragonborn Fitness
- You Drank That?!, Fermentations of the Lower Planes
- Easy Owlbear Tricks to Amaze! (by Franz “One Arm” Higgly, posthumous)
- A Fae Guide to Chicago and Environs
- Tales of Voracious, by Kate Bullock
That last one is an actual set of stories by my friend Kate. Definitely not monster erotica for the faint of heart, but extremely passionate, well-crafted stories for those that love monsters. Not only can it appear as a book on your in-game shelf, but you can then direct your players to the website to read actual stories. Warning: Make sure your players’ safety and well-being will not be violated by doing so. Safety and consent before sending unsuspecting players to a monster fucking site, please.