Miskatonic University Monograph: Kitab Al-Azif

Miskatonic University Monograph: Kitab Al-Azif

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The Fabled Kitab Al-Azif Unearthed

The HPLHS presents its latest addition to our series of academic monographs from Miskatonic University Press: The Discovery of Fragments of Kitab Al-Azif at Harran. Scholars from Cambridge and Miskatonic universities collaborated on a series of archeological digs in what is now southern Turkey. The expedition revealed an ancient occult document long thought lost to the ravages of time.

Excavations at the site of Harran made several unusual discoveries. But chief amongst them is a fragmentary medieval document in Arabic. Professor Henry Armitage correlated the translated fragments with a passage in Miskatonic's incredibly rare occult tome: the Necronomicon. The expedition really unearthed a fragment of a legendary document never seen before: Kitab Al-Azif, the Arabic original of the Necronomicon!

This monograph tracks the journey of the discovery from the team's expedition to Harran, the excavation of multiple test pits and the discoveries made therein. It follows the work of translators and other experts as they connect the fragments to Greek and Latin editions of the fabled Necronomicon. The monograph features numerous photos, maps and illustrations as well as large format reproductions of the Al-Azif fragment in the original Arabic. 

Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos and archeology will be delighted with this painstaking recreation of an academic monograph of yesteryear. This monograph is ideally suited for collectors of mythos memorabilia and for role playing gamers looking for a prop that's able to withstand a high level of scrutiny. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will enjoy this deep dive into one of the author's most enduring creations.

The monograph features 32 pages of text, photos, diagrams, maps, detailed footnotes, a glossy 14-inch color centerfold and more. It is 5.5 x 8.5 inches, saddle stapled with a high quality green cover.


Q: Is this real?

A: It was published by Miskatonic University Press, the publishing arm of a fictitious university. We hope that answers your question. 

Q: Is that real Arabic? What does it say?

A: Yes, it's real Arabic. It says exactly what the monograph says it says. The Greek and Latin sections of the monograph are also authentic.

Q: Is Harran a real place?

A: It is. It was a center of learning in the ancient world and has not, to date, been thoroughly excavated. It is in Turkey, near the Syrian border: not far from the region recently devastated by earthquakes.

Q: Are there more Miskatonic University monographs?

A: Yes. We have ones on the Codex Beltrán-Escavy and the Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, Massachusetts. We have several more titles in the works.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Michael Coburn

Love the artistry and work. I'll be getting more.

Phillip T. Stephens
Delightful parody monograph

I love these monographs. They are written with all seriousness in the voice of early 20th century scholars, but with a sly sense of humor. The authors go to great pains to make these monographs plausible, in this case a small fragment of the Necronomicon.

HPLHS left it out of my order on the first delivery, but Sean was very quick to make sure I got the replacement immediately.


Arrived swiftly and in excellent condition

Jeffery Kwasniewski
A Classic Example of Yog-Sothothery...

As I read this monograph, I could not help thinking of the great M.R. James, whose celebrated ghost stories were often backed up by bits of historical information which lent his tales that distinctly chilling air of plausibility--KITAB AL-AZIF continues in this grand tradition.

Mike Nusbaum
High production value

A great little booklet with a cool background to get your mind clicking with great ideas for CoC adventures or story writing. Use it as a prop during your games if you dare. It's really well done and looks like the real deal. I love and recommend it for those who love fake history.