Pages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis that I made for this year's Halloween season. While the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis of the Evil Dead series of movies actually has NOTHING to do with the Necronomicon of H.P. Lovecraft, I enjoy both so much I decided to combine them for this prop. The Ex-Mortis version was based more on Arabian and Middle East ideas of evil spirits and zombies (or ghouls). Lovecraft's, though written in Arabic, was more about interdimensional, extra-terrestrial gods and monster...though both deal with ghouls. In Lovecraft, ghouls are dead, or undead, humans who have de-evolved into dog-like forms - hence the human skull with a canine muzzle. The wing is from a Nightgaunt, we have a Spider of Leng, The elder sign, Cthulhu, and Lovecraft himself in a "prophetic" vision of the Necronomicon's author.
The pages are just parchment paper which i tore to fit the dimensions of the book and to look old. He brownish stains are the result of me basically using the paper as a napkin while eating chicken wings. The ink is rose scented ink my brother got me some time ago. I used a quill pen to sketch the drawings and do the little scratched English writing, and then a small brush for the larger Arabic looking lettering. Lovecraft's Necronomicon was originally in Arabic and called Al Azif until it was translated into Greek. I also accidentally spilled some of the ink all over my desk and wiped it up with a rag, which i then slapped against the pages to give it a kinda blood spatter effect.
The book itself is just a box, in the shape of a book bound in fake leather which i then put clay over and painted.