950 AD – Scholar Theodorus Philetas of Constantinople translates the Kitab Al-Azif grimoire into Greek, and renames it the Necronomicon.
The mysterious books full of spells and supernatural accounts contains the history of the Old Ones, giants extraterrestrial beings who once ruled the Earth, and the means to summon them.
The Necronomicon as well as its authors and translators were invented by author H. P. Lovecraft for the sake of his short novellas, published in the late 1920’s pulp magazines.
The Necronomicon first appears in the short story The Hound (1922), about a couple of grave robbers making a macabre discovery.
The text will be referenced in later works from Lovecraft, most importantly in his seminal short story The Call Of Cthullhu published in 1928 in the magazine Weird Tales, about a giant malevolent entity imprisoned underwater and a constant source of anxiety and dread for humanity, destined to emerged and rule the earth once again.
In his essay Supernatural Horror In Literature published between 1925 and 1927, H. P. Lovecraft studied the origins and development of gothic and horror fiction.
It makes no doubt that Lovecraft has been slightly influenced by Guy de Maupassant’s The Horla for his Cthulhu mythos, a novella he described in his essay as being about “an invisible being who […] sways the minds of others, and seems to be the vanguard of a horde of extraterrestrial organisms arrived on earth to subjugate and overwhelm mankind” – a description that perfectly matches his own work.
Former Rue Morgue editor and filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic teamed up in 2013 with Arkham Studios sculptor Bryan Moore to build a life size bust of HP Lovecraft. After a crowdfunding campaign supported by Guillermo Del Toro, Mike Mignola & Frank Darabont among others, the statue has been unveiled on August 22, 2013 at the Providence Anathaeum Library, on the author’s Rhode Island hometown.
Bryan Moore striked again a year later with a bust of Edgar Allan Poe in Boston, unveiled on October 31, 2014.
Follow the footsteps of Poe in New York as he writes The Raven and learn more about the Bronze Bust Project
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