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" . . . and worst of all, the unmentionable Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred, in Olaus Wormius’ forbidden Latin translation; a book which I had never seen, but of which I had heard monstrous things whispered."
                                                               -H. P. Lovecraft, The Festival

Bound in human flesh, and containing the very distilled essence of the madly gibbering void betwixt the unforgiving stars, I have crafted in my workshop (with the assistance of a French artist and a failed Republican presidential candidate), the Necronomicon Ex Mortis, the Book of the Dead!

Actually, it's another prop I made for a small theater that's putting on a production of Evil Dead: the Musical, the same folks I built a totally kickass blood spraying chainsaw arm for!  I guess they must have liked the early pictures I sent of the saw, 'cause they also asked for a book.

Here's a video of me flipping through that pages, read on to learn all about how I built it, or skip ahead to read about the play it was used in!

Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me in the contest, my chainsaw is a finalist!

Step 1: The Inspiration

Picture of The Inspiration

The Necronomicon was the invention of H.P. Lovecraft, a very prolific horror and weird fiction writer in the early decades of the last century.  His influence on genre fiction literally cannot be overstated.  If you aren't familiar with his work, I highly recommend reading up on him, and maybe diving into a short story or two--most of it is public domain, and if audio is more your style, there are some podcasts out there that produce audio versions of his work from time to time.  

He often encouraged his friends, be they aspiring writers or big names themselves, to borrow freely from the collection of ideas he referred to as Yogsosothery (named after one of his ancient godlike aliens), which is now known as the Cthulhu Mythos (named after one of his other ancient alien deities).  It was through this channel and that of his own stories that concepts such as Cthulhu, the Necronomicon, and the Great Old Ones, overwhelming cosmic horror, that which man was Not Meant to Know, and so much more seeped into popular culture in general and all things horror in particular. 

This Necronomicon isn't strictly the one from Lovecraft's stories, but rather my interpretation of the one from Evil Dead 2.  I wanted the exterior to have that ridged, bound in human flesh look.  The inside was more difficult . . . but we'll come to that in the next step.  Here's the intro from the movie:

CameronC131 month ago
Where did you get the images for the pages from?

Thank you!.work worthy of the master and the insiders (internal:) inspiration of topic. Amazing intricate design.A question for the creators of this next version inspired of the series:

Where can I purchase this artifact-I need it to be and a lot of other versions of Ex Mortis Libris !

Nice work! I'm making a book inspired by the 2013 version of "Evil Dead" and have been scouting out ideas. Having done somw bookbinding before, I'm using a slightly different method, but the ageing and distressing stuff is very useful. Thanks for sharing
depotdevoid (author)  mark.bowyer.7586 months ago

Thanks! When yours is done I'd love to see the results!

Will do! BTW, two excellent guides to making your own hard backed books can be found on YouTube here and here. You can also pre-print the pages to produce your own Grimoire, spell book and other props.
moon9599 months ago


i need this book i can do this job

depotdevoid (author)  moon9599 months ago
Are you planning on making your own version? I'd love to see the results!

Hi, i was wondering about how did you get the clean versions of the prints, because the downloadalbe versions on goominet.com already have stains on them. Hoping to get your reply. Thanks!

nice!,.. But what did you guys use... for the paints and stuff, I really like the way they look, and honestly I could use the help thNX! lol, and great work, best I've seen!

depotdevoid (author)  necroplagun1 year ago

Thanks! I just used standard latex based paint, the stuff you find in the art supply aisle at your local department store.

I couldn't afford the latex based paint, or the silicon stuff when i looked....after a lot of researching and experiemntation....what i end up doing was mixing about 50-60% acrylic paint with latex....i mean slightly more acrylic paint ratio to the latex, add the thcikener- brush that into the mold- few layers of that, then you can build up with pure latex layers....once you flip it out you can ink and dry brush with acrylics....here's the 2nd version of mine


not sold one yet...:-(

depotdevoid (author)  Jake Maverick1 year ago

Too bad you haven't sold one, but they look great!

CheerZ ;-)

guess i must be asking toomuch for one....but i figured 200 sterling was about right, considering several months work involved, material cost...and that is free delivery....oh well, back to building computers! ;-)


you helped inspire me to make this, no pages as of yet- bit of a problem as it's solid resin and latex...anybody know how to make the spine flexible? ;-)
depotdevoid (author)  Jake Maverick1 year ago
Oh man, that's awesome! I don't know how to make the spine flexible, but it looks great. Thanks for sharing!
good one
It seems a little ironic to say this but you did a really beautiful job on this. I have been working on something similar but I doubt that mine will look as good as this, very inspiring!
depotdevoid (author)  blackfire41162 years ago
Thanks a lot blackfire, and I'd love to see pictures of yours once it's done!

If you've got a minute to cast a vote for me (and for my chainsaw) I'd really appreciate it!
DIY Micah2 years ago
Well done depot! I know what my next project will be come payday! Would it be possible for you to send a link to the files you used (pending you put them in a file on a hosting site) or even a pm with them attached? I will soley use them for my own book and not for monetary gain.
depotdevoid (author)  DIY Micah2 years ago
Thanks MIcah! I'm not at liberty to release the files, he was very specific about what I was and was not allowed to do with them. You'd have to contact the artist and ask him.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
This came out great! And, with Bob Dole involved, this is possibly more frightening that the original Necronomicon.
depotdevoid (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Thanks! I was really pleased with the results, especially after it had been weathered with dust and blood in the play. I only wish it had gotten as much stage time as the chainsaw, after the first scene or two it was pretty much just the ripped out pages up there.

Bob Dole definitely adds a whole new layer of horror!  I'm sure if The Dole knew I'd desecrated his likeness, he would send his Shapeless Spawn from Beyond Time and Space to rend me limb from limb.
repguy20202 years ago
(In the voice of a poor Bob Dole impersonator...) Bob Dole likes this book!
depotdevoid (author)  repguy20202 years ago
Bob Dole will swallow your soul!
rae darr2 years ago
Bob Dole appears to be a great choice. He is dead, right?

depotdevoid (author)  rae darr2 years ago
BluesBayou2 years ago
AHHH! This is awesome! I am voting for you, not just because of the great instructions but you added the history and references - thismeans that there is bound to be some youngster reading this one day who will start down the path to horror intructables.....
I can't vote right now (or view videos) due to in country Government internet, but I will def use my 30 min of "real" internet time tonight to watch the videos and vote for you! My wife will understand....
depotdevoid (author)  BluesBayou2 years ago
That was my hope, Cthulhu's got to get his tentacles into the next generation one way or another . . .
Thanks a lot blue!
Tgolucky2 years ago
you, my good friend have made my day! It's not very often that I search instructables (which I do every day,) and find something as outstanding as this project amazing detail and research! I like to draw and am a huge horror and history buff. So this pushed all the right buttons for me. you have my vote!
depotdevoid (author)  Tgolucky2 years ago
Thanks man, it's high praise like this that keeps me going. Much obliged for the vote!
rae darr2 years ago
This is so freakin Awesome. I don't even know what to say.
depotdevoid (author)  rae darr2 years ago
Just say, "BOB DOLE!"
fretted2 years ago
You My Friend are truly sick and twisted love it you have my vote sir !
depotdevoid (author)  fretted2 years ago
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it!
ilpug2 years ago
Well done Depot!
depotdevoid (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Thanks ilpug!
monsterlego2 years ago
Very creepy.
depotdevoid (author)  monsterlego2 years ago
Using the mask for the front was a brilliant idea!
depotdevoid (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! I knew I'd find a use for it some day!