It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. The response to our review of The Secret History of the Necronomicon — and my strange correspondence with the book’s author, Arkay Tilghman — was overwhelming (in a good way). Undoubtedly the most read post in the history of the blog. In the spirit of Tilghman’s insistence that HP Lovecraft’s Necronomicon was (is) very much a real thing, we asked you to contribute your own plausible (but hopefully consciously fictional) entries into the book’s history. They were uniformly excellent, ranging from a description of the book’s rediscovery in WWII and use throughout the Cold War to scholarly letters seeking access to its pages. Still, we only have two copies of the book to give away. Choices must be made.
It was a close race, but ultimately we decided to give the silver to Chris Headley’s multi-century (multi-millenial?) tale of the Necronomicon’s transit from Atlantis to the Cold War USSR. Fodder for any game ranging from Conspiracy X to Delta Green.
The gold goes to none other than Michael Quacken, who actually produced pages of the Latin translation of al-Azif for the contest, potentially highly useful as handouts for the Lovecraftian RPG of your choice.
As to your reference to the Necronomicon which you wanted to hear: The book was for a long time in the possession of my family, to be exact my uncle obtained a copy long ago. Since the library that he kept it in burned down last year after his mysterious disappearance, I can only provide you with some sample pages that I once copied.
The rest of the entries were similarly outstanding — these were merely the cream of a bumper crop. I’ll be contacting the other entrants in the coming days and weeks to ask if I can feature their entries as springboards for future Unreal Worlds posts, but Michael and Chris — please contact us via the email address on our contact page so we can arrange for delivery of your prizes!
Tilghman himself, however, remains silent, ever dedicated to his hoax. Or performance art. Or both. The box he sent me remains unopened. For now.