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17th May '16 7:06:54 AM Bosco13
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* ''The Book of Claws'' from ''TheyBleedPixels'' constantly drips blood and causes the main character to have nightmares where the game takes place. At the end of the game we see [[spoiler:that the school library is full of them.]]
17th May '16 7:03:37 AM Bosco13
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* ''SchoolMermaid'': Revolves around a journal containing a spell when chanted at a certain time at night, will cause human looking mermaids to appear before the user. If the mermaid with the first letter of the boy you love is caught and killed, all you have to do is eat the flesh of it while thinking of your true love and, presto, instant boyfriend.
17th May '16 6:52:01 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries''. Sure, it seems like just a controversial underground novel and work of fiction written by a White Supremacist, but members of American law enforcement knew this book was potentially trouble ''long'' before it inspired Timothy [=McVeigh=] to orchestrate the Oklahoma City bombing. One FBI agent said that when he heard of the attack, he was reminded of the book "within the hour".

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* ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries''. Sure, it seems like just a controversial underground novel and work of fiction written by a White Supremacist, Supremacist (okay, that may be a rather overt understatement) but members of American law enforcement knew this book was potentially trouble ''long'' before a great many incidents were inspired by it. Most notably, it inspired Timothy [=McVeigh=] to orchestrate the Oklahoma City bombing. One FBI agent said that when he heard of the attack, he was reminded of the book "within the hour". Also, several murders that were ruled as hate-crimes were committed by people who read this book, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turner_Diaries#Crimes_associated_with_the_book a full list here.]]
14th May '16 9:48:35 AM nombretomado
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* In the JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade is searching for the Teachings of Eternal Shadow (a series of three tablets with the BlackMagic of the Shadowkhan/Oni on them) so she can increase her own power and keep Jackie and the other heroes from capturing her.

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* In the JackieChanAdventures WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade is searching for the Teachings of Eternal Shadow (a series of three tablets with the BlackMagic of the Shadowkhan/Oni on them) so she can increase her own power and keep Jackie and the other heroes from capturing her.
7th May '16 12:00:09 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': a few of these pop up among the spellbooks you can find for your teachers to interpret. The Deep Divine Tome and the Londor Divine Tome both terrify Irina of Carim; she'll reluctantly interpret them for you if you ask, but if you do, she'll eventually be corrupted to the point that she can't even interact with you anymore, constantly talking about "little creatures that never stop biting in the darkness". Cornyx of the Great Swamp will outright refuse to touch the Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome, recognizing its inherent darkness. Karla will interpret any of the dark tomes for you with no negative consequences (she's already heavily associated with darkness), though she ''really'' doesn't like looking at Divine Tomes, dark or not.
1st May '16 5:52:37 PM Qube
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** [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=geth%27s+grimoire&v=card&s=cname Geth's Grimoire]] deserves a mention for both being a book of evil knowledge (in this card's setting Geth is a powerful Black-aligned character,) and for [[AndIMustScream housing a conscious spirit that is in constant torturous agony due to said evil knowledge]]. The flavor text states that save for when the book is opened and presumably being read, the book is always shrieking, and mechanically the card activates off of an opponent discarding, which Black [[MindRape can force on others]].
18th Apr '16 11:39:53 AM Willbyr
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* Loosely based on CthulhuMythos, several tomes are appear in ''{{Demonbane}}''. In unusual fashion, the original copy of each grimoire [[MoeAnthropomorphism appear as a young girl]] instead of a book (and Necronomicon is the heroine nonetheless).

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* Loosely based on CthulhuMythos, several tomes are appear in ''{{Demonbane}}''.''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}''. In unusual fashion, the original copy of each grimoire [[MoeAnthropomorphism appear as a young girl]] instead of a book (and Necronomicon is the heroine nonetheless).
27th Mar '16 4:42:43 AM Arivne
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*** Not ''quite'' as bad as the others, but still quite thoroughly horrid, is the Hildebrandt Recording, a recording of a seance that contacted an entity of the Abyss. The disc is sometimes described as feeling tacky and unclean, the spells it can teach are profoundly disturbing at best, it brings misfortune to its holders, is actively sought out by profoundly vile individuals (whom it seems to actively influence), and on top of everything else, it ''should not exist.'' Hildebrandt should not have been able to even contact the entity, his equipment should not have been able to record its sounds, and for the recording to become a grimoire is just not possible, explicitly stated as such. It violates [[EldritchAbomination every principle of reality]] just by existing.

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*** ** Not ''quite'' as bad as the others, but still quite thoroughly horrid, is the Hildebrandt Recording, a recording of a seance that contacted an entity of the Abyss. The disc is sometimes described as feeling tacky and unclean, the spells it can teach are profoundly disturbing at best, it brings misfortune to its holders, is actively sought out by profoundly vile individuals (whom it seems to actively influence), and on top of everything else, it ''should not exist.'' Hildebrandt should not have been able to even contact the entity, his equipment should not have been able to record its sounds, and for the recording to become a grimoire is just not possible, explicitly stated as such. It violates [[EldritchAbomination every principle of reality]] just by existing.
27th Mar '16 4:42:05 AM Arivne
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had countless numbers of these over the years and editions. If one is of a magical turn of thought, caution should be taken when putting pen to paper. The most notable and persistent of these tomes is the ''Book of Vile Darkness'', which is so evil that reading it can damage a good person's mind. (The publishers of the game actually produced a sourcebook on evil by this name later on.) The original edition of D&D actually had separate versions of this text for priests and wizards, with the ''Book of Vile Darkness'' being the priestly version and the ''Libram of Ineffable Damnation'' the wizardly version. A few {{inversion}}s also exist: the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'', a book of pure ''goodness'' (and the ''Libram of Gainful Conjuration'', its wizardly cousin), and the ''Libram of Silver Magic'', which can only be read if you don't side with either good or evil.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had countless numbers of these over the years and editions. If one is of a magical turn of thought, caution should be taken when putting pen to paper. paper.
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The most notable and persistent of these tomes is the ''Book of Vile Darkness'', which is so evil that reading it can damage a good person's mind. (The publishers of the game actually produced a sourcebook on evil by this name later on.) The original edition of D&D actually had separate versions of this text for priests and wizards, with the ''Book of Vile Darkness'' being the priestly version and the ''Libram of Ineffable Damnation'' the wizardly version. A few {{inversion}}s also exist: the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'', a book of pure ''goodness'' (and the ''Libram of Gainful Conjuration'', its wizardly cousin), and the ''Libram of Silver Magic'', which can only be read if you don't side with either good or evil.
27th Mar '16 4:41:21 AM Arivne
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* While most of them don't literally involve books (and conversely not all book-related cards in the game suffer from this, either), ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' features its share of cards that play on the 'forbidden knowledge' theme by providing access to additional cards for a modest sacrifice in life points or cards already in hand or in play.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
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While most of them don't literally involve books (and conversely not all book-related cards in the game suffer from this, either), ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' either), the game features its share of cards that play on the 'forbidden knowledge' theme by providing access to additional cards for a modest sacrifice in life points or cards already in hand or in play.



* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} brings us first the Book Of Lorgar, which helped start the Horus Heresy. Then in true 40k fashion, it goes overboard with the Black Library: an entire extradimensional stronghold full of forbidden lore, guarded by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot space elf ninja clowns]] who worship a god that managed to trick other gods into '''eating each other'''. Named the Laughing God of course.
* [[{{GURPS}} Pyramid]] had an article detailing ''Clay Bricks'' of Eldritch Lore which fit pretty much every aspect of this trope (unreadable, evil, drive you crazy) except that they're not actually books (being from before bound books were invented, or from cultures that never did).
* The TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu {{RPG}} has the typical Lovecraft library from the original stories, and a few additions of its own.
** And by ''a few additions'' we mean an entire sourcebook filled with half to two page descriptions of books both taken from other Mythos sources and invented outright. The major works generally include an ApocalypticLog hinting at what has happened to characters who came into contact with the book, a history of the book and the explicit effects both skimming and reading it have. Guess what the sourcebook is called...
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' has a Tome of Eldritch Lore that was used to develop the setting's {{Magitek}}, [[BrownNote but all the scientists that worked on the project were driven stark raving mad]]. There is one subversion though, ''The Ta’ge Fragments'', which actually brought those who read it back to sense, realizing that bringing {{Eldritch Abomination}}s back to Earth wasn't such a good idea. And they made a HeelFaceTurn.

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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' brings us first the Book Of Lorgar, which helped start the Horus Heresy. Then in true 40k fashion, it goes overboard with the Black Library: an entire extradimensional stronghold full of forbidden lore, guarded by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot space elf ninja clowns]] who worship a god that managed to trick other gods into '''eating each other'''. Named the Laughing God of course.
* [[{{GURPS}} Pyramid]] ''[[{{GURPS}} Pyramid]]'' magazine had an article detailing ''Clay Bricks'' of Eldritch Lore which fit pretty much every aspect of this trope (unreadable, evil, drive you crazy) except that they're not actually books (being from before bound books were invented, or from cultures that never did).
* The TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' {{RPG}} has the typical Lovecraft library from the original stories, and a few additions of its own.
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own. And by ''a few additions'' we mean an entire sourcebook filled with half to two page descriptions of books both taken from other Mythos sources and invented outright. The major works generally include an ApocalypticLog hinting at what has happened to characters who came into contact with the book, a history of the book and the explicit effects both skimming and reading it have. Guess what the sourcebook is called...
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech''
** The game
has a Tome of Eldritch Lore that was used to develop the setting's {{Magitek}}, [[BrownNote but all the scientists that worked on the project were driven stark raving mad]]. There is one subversion though, ''The Ta’ge Fragments'', which actually brought those who read it back to sense, realizing that bringing {{Eldritch Abomination}}s back to Earth wasn't such a good idea. And they made a HeelFaceTurn.



* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has the Chronicle of the Black Labyrinth which was written by an [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment insane Black Spiral Dancer Kinfolk]] describing the lore of the Wyrm. Reading it slowly corrupts the reader to the power of the Wyrm.

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* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''
** The game
has the Chronicle of the Black Labyrinth which was written by an [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment insane Black Spiral Dancer Kinfolk]] describing the lore of the Wyrm. Reading it slowly corrupts the reader to the power of the Wyrm.



* WarhammerFantasy had the Nine Books Of Nagash the Necromancer. The originals were destroyed but there are some copies still lying around.

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* WarhammerFantasy had ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy''
** The game has
the Nine Books Of Nagash the Necromancer. The originals were destroyed but there are some copies still lying around.



* In ''{{Earthdawn}}'' any book about the [[EldritchAbomination Horrors]] can potentially have bad effects on the person who reads it (including the ''[[{{Defictionalization}} Horrors]]'' source book), but probably the straightest example of a Tome of Eldritch Lore is the Book of Scales. According to legend, a group of powerful Horrors captured a dragon and forced it to write a history of the Horrors, using the dragon's own scales as pages and its own blood as ink. The dragon then scattered the scales as far apart as possible to minimize the damage. The Book of Scales allegedly contains valuable information that can be used to battle the Horror, but is so tainted that carrying around a single scale (not even reading it, mind you, just carrying it) will eventually drive a person mad.
** The backstory mentions the six Books of Harrow, which tell of the existence and powers of the Horrors. The first man to study them was found dying after ripping out his own eyes and holding them in the fire. Thus far, only one was fully translated; perhaps coincidentally, the Scouring happened a few hundred years later.

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* In ''{{Earthdawn}}'' any ''TabletopGame/{{Earthdawn}}''
** Any
book about the [[EldritchAbomination Horrors]] can potentially have bad effects on the person who reads it (including the ''[[{{Defictionalization}} Horrors]]'' source book), but probably the straightest example of a Tome of Eldritch Lore is the Book of Scales. According to legend, a group of powerful Horrors captured a dragon and forced it to write a history of the Horrors, using the dragon's own scales as pages and its own blood as ink. The dragon then scattered the scales as far apart as possible to minimize the damage. The Book of Scales allegedly contains valuable information that can be used to battle the Horror, but is so tainted that carrying around a single scale (not even reading it, mind you, just carrying it) will eventually drive a person mad.
** The backstory BackStory mentions the six Books of Harrow, which tell of the existence and powers of the Horrors. The first man to study them was found dying after ripping out his own eyes and holding them in the fire. Thus far, only one was fully translated; perhaps coincidentally, the Scouring happened a few hundred years later.



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