Giveaway: Secret History of the Necronomicon

Happy New Year! It’s been a while, but I’m doing a giveaway of Arkay Tilghman’s new ebook: The Secret History of the Necronomicon.

In The Secret History of the Necronomicon, Arkay Tilghman explores the H.P. Lovecraft’s mysterious and controversial work. First, he travels to Egypt, exploring a time and texts which contributed to Alhazred’s work. Then, he moves to the time of Alhazred and how the Templars brought Al Azif from Constantinople into Europe proper. Next, we learn more about the translations of Dr. Dee and Wormius and why Dee’s version was not published in his lifetime. Crossing the Atlantic, he uncovers stories of the Necronomicon in the New World. After a chapter dealing specifically with Lovecraft, Tilghman writes about the Necronomicon today and why we’re unlikely to see and digitized versions of the rare text.

I read and reviewed it while traveling this past weekend:

I find a lot of Lovecraftian stuff touch and go. One of the best parts of this book is definitely that it didn’t attempt to recreate the Necronomicon. Nobody’s done that well. Overall, I enjoyed. Fun read, not terribly long but I got it free from Kindle’s lending library.

Most interesting tidbit: Lovecraft apparently got the timing wrong for Wormius. Wikipedia confirmed. (4 stars)

I have two copies to give away! Right now it’s only in the Kindle store, but Arkay’s offered EPUB formats for this giveaway. Apparently the deal he has with Kindle doesn’t allow for selling on EPUB sites yet.

To enter, just comment below and answer one question–if you found the Necronomicon, what would you do with it?

I’ll pick 2 winners on Sunday around 7pm EDT using random.org.

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Here and Yet to Come: A 1957 Space Scrapbook

In the fall of 1957, my mother was 12 years old. She had a budding interest in science and an especial interest in space because 1) it was the fall of 1957 and 2) her father was an aeronautics engineer who was just being drafted (unsure if it was just before or just after Sputnik) into becoming an astronautical engineer (which he remained until he retired in the 1980s). From October to December of 1957, she clipped every story she could find (most likely from the Baltimore Sun).

I have created a preliminary scan of the scrapbook. In the future, I’d like to see if I can do a higher-quality one and correct the two errors I made during the scanning process. In once case, a clipping flipped over and I didn’t notice until after the PDF was completed. In the other, I forgot to remove one layered section of a story (many stories were positioned in layered format and had to be rearranged for scanning). Everything else should be readable.

This scrapbook provides a fascinating snapshot of three months in which the world changed dramatically. The clippings reflect optimism, fear, and some confusion. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

Space Travel: Here and yet to come, cover image

Dear Banshee:

Banshee, do you copy? It’s us, Squid and LateNight. (mouseover the pics…or else)

Looking fine in our BSG Viper pilot uniforms. Concrete underpass in the background. Pretending it's Caprica

You know, your wingmen?

Good news, we weren’t blown up. We’ve crashed on a strange planet. I think it might be…Kobol. Or even Earth.

There are ruins here, some ancient human architecture. And on it, we found an odd symbol painted…

Oh look we found Starbuck's mandala 'painted' onto the underpass. Let's ignore that it was added later. Also, those are some nice hexagonal lines

Most of the structures, if there were many, seem to have been destroyed by the forest. It’s a beautiful place, but we’ve been careful to keep an eye out for toasters.

We've got our serious faces on. We're probably looking at Cylons over the horizon

But there’s some great news! We’ve found water. And not just a bit of ice, there are streams and rivers of it here!

Dipping some fingers in the water

We followed this creek for a while and set up camp on the northern side. You’ll be able to find us by our beacon. It’s sending out an encoded signal P-A-X.

Pointing at something fascinating just off camera. Probably our new camp site.

Bring a few Raptors to help carry back the water and someone to repair the Raptor we were flying. It should be salveagable.

…but, um, no rush.

Lying happily with the sun on our faces.

End transmission.

Banshee to Squid and LateNight. You kids are gonna have to speak up over the sound of this TOTALLY AWESOME PARTY I FOUND.

Standing on the couch in a BSG pilot outfit. Dance dance dance.

Oh, what is this I’m holding in my hand? Could it be a flask?Looking curiously at something in her hand

Yeah it is.
Yep, that's definitely a flask in her hand.

I am so happening that the party follows me around the room. Check it.
Standing on another couch. Holding both a flask and a balloon. Aw yeah.

I mean, look at me.Working that seductive face. Still on a couch with a flask and balloon.

Oh, hey there, little guy. What could you be?Addressing the balloon. Still holding the flask.

It’s a balloon, you guys. A balloon. Because I’m having a party and you’re not invited.Addressing the camera, because we're not cool enough to have balloons.

Bored with balloon now.
Sudden bored face. Still holding flask.

Fly, little birdie! Fly!Tossing the balloon upward.

And that’s how you get it done.Pointing at the camera in celebration mixed with gloating

Wait, you guys aren’t actually going to leave me here, are you?Expression of serious anxiety

No, no no no guys, just hang on a sec. Seriously. Guys.Anxious look deepens, stepping back to the couch that's closer to the camera

Okay, okay, I’m lying: I’m the only one at this party. All the marines I invited got shot up when a heavy raider gave the port side a little love-bump. I don’t want to be here anymore. Guys?
Sadly holding onto braids while pleading.

Come get me?Extremely sad expression. Hunched shoulders. Bit of a sulk.

(Banshee, Squid, and LateNight will all be hanging out at PAX 2012!)

(Kobol photos by Kristen Knorr.