"A Gothic Fantasy Supplement for old-school fantasy role-playing games. Contains house rules, random tables, new spells, new monsters, and a campaign setting for Gothic Fantasy adventures in the old-school fantasy RPG system of your choice."
Clocking in at just under 164 pages Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque is the sort of book that I wish was available when I was running Ravenloft. The book is a sort of look into all things Gothic for an OSR horror retroclone of your choose.
The book is entirely system neutral which is this reviewer one of its fore most strengths. The book starts off with a serviceable table of contents. Everything is laid at your feet. The material is taken nor ripped from the pages of Gothic movies, literature, & the very classics from whence came that entire period of material.
What about the Material itself? Its brutal,vicious, & nasty as the gates of hell itself. There's even a campaign background lurking in the background. The world is very "Old World Europe" though & with some teasing this material could be used in an alternative world modern setting with little effort.
What do you get? Well the first book has new spells, dozens of Npc and their lands, some really interesting classes that over lap the Npcs, & a boat load of monsters, options on the entire pantheon of regular OD&D or AD&D usual suspects.
I spent part of last weekend printing this & the rest of the Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque family of books out. Mostly because I didn't want to wait for lulu to send me a copy. The softcovers are only 9.00 to 12.00 dollars each. I suspect that Mr. Shear the author is an authority of Gothic literature. Each & every entry has an example of the genre right next to the various tables
There are myriad examples of each & every piece of horror found through out to perplex, dazzle, & disgust your players.