Envelope Watch: The Conclusion
The envelope I sent to Kris contained the purported Arabic Necronomicon
I found in Berkeley. Last
night, Kris sent me this cryptic (but not cryptonomic) message.
My dear colleague Dr. Richardson,
The package you posted last week has arrived at my study in good
condition. The script is disturbingly clear, given the date of the
medium. (Perhaps Drs. Charles, Dexter, &c. from the records department
would be interested in the ancient preservation technique that must have
been used on the original manuscripts!)
Even my brother -- whom I believe you met at the linguistics department
conference last August, if you recall -- has had difficulty even
beginning the translation, though he has come across several words and
phrases at random scattered about the pages. He spoke to me rather
excitedly this morning about a late night in the study with the Al-Azif,
having found a section where the word "al-ab-so-urikyya," or
"immortality," occurs no less than thirty-three times. He strongly
believes this chapter details a recipe for immortality, though I remain
pragmatic. He seems to spend an inordinate amount of time in the study,
now... even at the expense of his classes. I feel sorry for his
students; a passion for work fuels new discoveries, but I fear their
teacher is a bit too devoted to the material.
Well, I must be finishing up now. Work continues and I'll let you know
what comes of it, if anything. My sincere thanks to you and your
department for donating this fascinating text to our archives.
Dr. Kristofer Straub.
June 9th, 1927.
P.S. Aaagh, I emptied my revolver into it and yet it keeps coming, don't
know how long I can hold out, must write these words of warning, that
damned book, I welcome oblivion, yadda yadda yadda.