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The Necronomicon

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The Necronomicon is a spellbook in H. P. Lovecraft's many short stories that supposedly contains accounts of the "Old Ones" and the means for summoning them. The Cult of Cthulhu which are operating in the town of South Park read it while they await the coming of their god Cthulhu. Alongside the cult anticipating Cthulhu's arrival upon Earth is a group of individuals who read the Necronomicon and that group happens to be the Goth Kids. It features heavily as a plot point in "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon & Friends".

It is revealed in "Mysterion Rises" that Kenny McCormick (while under the guise of his alter-ego Mysterion) was affected the book. After hearing the line "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die," he feels troubled, and it is mentioned that his parents Mr. Stuart McCormick and Mrs. Carol McCormick were present at cult meetings (though they were only there for the free beer).

The following episode "Coon vs. Coon & Friends" implies heavily that the Necronomicon was involved in Kenny gaining his power of immortality - he notes the Nightmare City of R'Lyeh as familiar to him, and while he reads the book, there is a panel seen showing a spell being cast on a baby by cultists.

Trivia

  • Like Cthulhu, the Necronomicon is originally from sci-fi/horror writer H. P. Lovecraft's works.
  • Henrietta mentions the book as having been written by a "mad prince". In H. P. Lovecraft's works, the book was written by a mad Arabic poet or scholar (not referred to as a prince) named Abdul Alhazred. The name "Prince Abdul Alhazred" actually appears briefly in "Coon vs. Coon & Friends", alongside an illustration of the insane Arabic monarch himself, when Henrietta shows Mysterion the book.
  • This is further of note as South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone stated in the audio commentary that a "panel" in the episode hints at Kenny's origins.
  • The line "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die," is also said to have been a line from the book in Lovecraft's original story "The Call of Cthulhu".

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